Will Smith Directly Addresses Slapping Incident, Apologizes to Chris Rock – Opinion

As you’ve probably heard by now, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on Sunday evening during the Oscars. That scene unfolded after Rock made a bald joke about Smith’s wife, who suffers from alopecia (hair loss due to age, stress, heredity, etc.)

Smith was awarded the best actor award just minutes after the incident to standing ovations from the crowd. He finally spoke out on Monday, including an apology to Rock.

As apologies go, it’s a good one. He doesn’t equivocate nor does he try to blame Rock for his outlandish behavior. Smith made a mistake, and whether he realizes it because it might cost him something or he’s genuinely regretful, he’s at least saying the right things. There’s more to the story than Rock telling a rather mundane joke.

At the end of the statement, Smith says that he is still a “work in progress.” I’m sure we can all relate to that on some level, but I sincerely hope he recognizes that his “open marriage” has caused him great pain and that it’s a situation that needs to be remedied properly. As long as it persists, he’s always going to face the emotional turmoil he’s so obviously experiencing.

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