Will Smith has apologized for punching Chris Rock in the face at the Oscars over a joke he made about Jada, and she has now spoken out about it.
Jada Pinkett Smith broke her silence on her husband Will Smith’s notorious Oscars slap, saying it was a time for healing.
She shared a meme on Instagram today that stated, “This is a season for healing, and I’m here for it.”
Although it appears she is referring to the incident on Sunday night, the short post did not directly address it.
After rushing the stage at the Academy Awards and hitting comedian Chris Rock across the face, Will sparked controversy.
Chris had made a joke about Jada’s hair when he told her he was looking forward to seeing her in GI Jane, a reference to Demi Moore’s iconic shorn head for the part.
It’s time for healing, according to Jada.
However, Jada, who suffers from alopecia, did not find the humor in it and appeared to be irritated as she rolled her eyes.
Will was clearly angry and rushed to the stage before slapping a bewildered Chris. Chris argued his joke was a “good one,” but Will was definitely angry and headed to the stage before hitting a stunned Chris.
Others praised him for his actions, saying he was justified in defending his wife’s honor, while others claimed he should not have used violence, and some even demanded that his prize be revoked.
He stepped back on stage just seconds after the slap to accept the Best Actor award for his work in King Richard, and he apologized to the Academy and his fellow candidates.
He’s subsequently apologized publicly to Chris, saying: “Violence is poisonous and harmful in all of its forms. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was both terrible and inexcusable.
“Jokes about my medical condition are part of the work, but one about Jada’s illness was too much for me to handle, and I reacted emotionally.
“I’d like to make a public apology to you, Chris.” I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.”
“I’d also like to apologize to the Academy, the show’s producers, all of the attendees, and everyone watching across the world,” he continued.
“I’d like to express my regret to the Williams and King Richard families. I am very sorry that my actions have marred what has otherwise been a wonderful adventure for all of us.
“I’m still a work-in-progress.” Regards, Will.”
Will’s mother recently broke her silence after seeing her famous son hit comedian Chris on stage.
Carolyn Smith said she’d never seen her son act as he did when he punched Chris in the face over a sexist comment about the star’s wife Jada.
According to 6abc, she said: “He is a really even-tempered, people-oriented individual.
I’ve never seen him go off like that before. It’s the first time in his life… I’ve never seen him do anything like that before.”
She was speaking to a Philadelphia news station about her renowned son’s first-ever Academy Award triumph and the tumultuous period that preceded it.