This is probably a case of “too little, too late” when it comes to actor and rapper Will Smith’s apology to comedian and actor Chris Rock for slapping him during the 2022 Academy Awards back in March.
Smith uploaded a video to his YouTube channel on Friday speaking out for the first time about the “Slap Heard ‘Round the World.”
The 53-year-old admitted that he reached out to Rock, to which Rock rebuffed Smith’s attempt.
“I’ve reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk,” Smith said in the nearly six minute video. “But when he is, he will reach out.”
That’s when the apology came.
“So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you,” Smith continued. “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
In the beginning of the video, text appears on the screen claiming that Smith “wanted to take some to answer…a lot fair questions” that people asked in the aftermath of the slap.
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Okay, but four months? I understand that it was an uncomfortable situation all around for all involved, but I’m sorry, a real man would’ve owned up, immediately understood what he had done, apologized if there was legitimate wrongdoing on his part and moved on.
To that point, and Rock's credit, the 57-year-old stand-up comic responded to Smith's apology during a performance in Atlanta the same night as the apology came out.
"If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith," Rock reportedly said, jokingly referring to Smith as the sometimes violent co-founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight. "I went to work the next day, I got kids."
Rock has moved on, and Smith should, too.
But, Smith's apology screams of being constructed within the Hollywood bubble. And while I can’t pretend to know what’s going on in Smith’s mind, all I know is that the guilt couldn’t have been as bad as he made it out to be in the video, because that guilt would’ve eaten him way sooner than the four months it took to possibly “craft” this apology that seemed like it came from a PR firm.
It looks like the “Prince” isn’t so “Fresh” anymore.
For Smith’s full video, which includes the apology, watch below:
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