Will Smith was the biggest event of a busy Academy Award ceremony that initially seemed scripted as he jumped on stage and slapped Chris Rock. But getting more into the details of what happened, we quickly realized that the Smith family household is gong through a difficult moment with Jada Pinkett Smith suffering a condition that is making her lose her hair. At the moment Rock made that joke, it hi Will in a way he wasn’t expecting.
He simply reacted and did what he did. Let’s be honest here, he wasn’t proud of himself for going on stage to assault a fellow artist, regardless of the joke he made. Which is why he said a heartfelt apology speech after accepting his first Academy Award for acting in a leading role.
This is what Smith said:
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world. Making this film, I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. I got to protect Saniyya and Demi, the two actresses that played Venus and Serena. I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile and you got to pretend like that’s okay.”WILL SMITH