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Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock, calls his behavior “unacceptable”

"There is no place for violence in a world full of love and kindness," he said.

Actor Will Smith made headlines after he slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage over a joke the latter made about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s medical condition during the 94th Academy Awards yesterday (Mar 28).

Read our coverage on the incident here:

‘I was wrong’

Shortly after the clip went viral online, netizens wasted little time in creating various memes of the shocking incident.

However, Smith has since come forward and issued a public apology over his reaction towards Rock’s banter.

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In the statement, he said that his behavior was “unacceptable and inexcusable” and that “there is no place for violence in a world full of love and kindness”.

Jokes at my expense are 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.

Will smith slaps chris rock onstage for joking about his wife at oscars
Photo from Eueditorial

He also extended his apology to the Academy, the show’s producers, attendees, and viewers worldwide for his unbecoming behaviour.

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Read his statement here:

Mixed reactions online

Smith’s sudden meltdown and subsequent apology has since divided netizens, who fiercely debated who was in the wrong.

Many praised Rock’s professionalism in handling the situation even after getting assaulted onstage.

Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Screencap via TikTok CBS News.
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior

Some, however, felt that Smith’s reaction was warranted as Rock had made an insensitive joke and commended him for owning up to his mistakes.

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Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior
Screencap via Facebook Will Smith.
Will smith apologizes for slapping chris rock, calls his behavior

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