Oscars 2022 will linger on our minds for years to come. American renowned and multi-award winner Will Smith physically assaulted Chris Rock on live tv.
What started as a joke ended up being a condemned act of violence witnessed by millions across the globe.
Will Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor just minutes after he hit Chris Rock on the stage of the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will initially laughed at the joke, Jada was unamused. Netizens thought there was more to Will Smith’s actions than the slap.
Our sentiments were not far from the truth. Will’s apology during his acceptance speech said it all.
Will was publicly emasculated and humiliated, his manhood questioned, and his masculinity challenged by the portrayal of that entanglement debacle. His reaction to Red Table Talk created memes and GIFs that will painstakingly be remembered and used for a while.
Jada disdained Chris’ joke while Will seemingly found it amusing, prompting him to act.
Will took the golden opportunity to regain the honor that society, the culture, and his wife quickly and easily attempted to strip him of. He was sending a message to the world. Unfortunately, he chose to assault the comedian.
The act of violence against Chris did not win Will the respect he yearned from the public. It did the opposite. According to Will, he is on a quest to be the best he can be and a great role model to young black men. Violence is not what the world needs.
A good name is sooner lost than won.
Will’s full apology to Chris;
Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.