Will Smith Apologizes To Chris Rock After Oscars Slap

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Chris Rock’s brother, Kenny Rock, slammed Will Smith and the Academy. To be fair to Kenny, he said his brother was unaware of Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia when he joked about her baldness during the documentary feature category presentation at the Oscars. Smith slapped Rock on stage after the joke was made.

Kenny Rock thought the joke was amusing. The joke wasn’t amusing, but I know he wouldn’t make fun of her alopecia if he knew she had it. However, he had no idea.” Kenny slammed the Academy for not kicking Smith out of the Oscars immediately after the smack. In his opinion, he should have been led away. “I’m going to hold them responsible for that. He could have done whatever you wanted to my brother if he had gone up there. Because of what he did, it could have been a lot worse.

Although numerous stories question this assertion, Oscars co-producer Will Packer claimed that he did not persuade the Academy to remove Smith by force because it was not what Chris Rock intended. Smith remained at the ceremony and was awarded the best actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard” around 40 minutes after the slap. In his best actor-winning speech, Smith apologized to the Academy for the event, but he did not apologize to Chris Rock directly.


The fact that he didn’t initially apologize when he walked onto the stage, broke down in tears, and accepted the honor led Kenny Rock to believe that the award was a hoax. Kenny told the Times that he doesn’t accept Smith’s apologies to Chris Rock because he doesn’t believe it was genuine. Smith apologized to Chris Rock the night after the Oscars. He may have been advised to do so by his publicist and his subordinates,” I believe.

As Kenny Rock put it, “It eats at me seeing it over and over again because you’ve seen a loved one being attacked and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s like a rendition that continues playing in my head every time I see the videos.” At the time, you didn’t see my brother as a threat, and you just didn’t care about him. The millions of people that tune in to the broadcast saw you disparaging him in front of them.”

Kenneth Rock said he wants the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to take disciplinary action against Smith, including taking away his Oscar for King Richard’s lead actor and barring him from attending future Oscars,” reports the Times. Until further notice, Smith was no longer a member of the Academy. “I betrayed the confidence of the Academy,” Smith wrote in a statement announcing his resignation. Those who were nominated and won were denied the chance to celebrate and be recognized for their achievements. “I’m inconsolable,” he says.

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