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Will Smith issued a statement Monday apologizing for slapping Chris Rock during the 94th Oscar Awards ceremony after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Smith.
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. 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,” Smith wrote in the document that was posted on Instagram.
He added, “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Will Smith criticized in social networks
He also referred to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees in e and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” he commented.
Smith’s attitude was criticized on social networks. In fact, the Academy wrote a brief statement on Twitter and assured that it does not support violence. It stressed that the winners of the night deserve the recognition of their peers.