In his latest appearance, Will Smith was criticized for being too conceited and insincere.
Will Smith recently posted a video on his SNS channels, including YouTube, where he apologized for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year. Here, the actor explained that he did not apologize to Chris in his acceptance speech since he was “fogged out by that point”, and that “it was all fuzzy”.
However, the audience’s response regarding this video is not positive, with some mocking it as “a sincerely staged apology”.
Regarding Will Smith’s “apology video”, a seasoned reporter expressed their opinion. According to them, the Oscar winner is trying his best to return to Hollywood, but his attempt is far from enough.
In particular, the reporter said that they were displeased about Smith’s insincere apology, where he talked about being imperfect and making mistakes, instead of getting to the point.
At the same time, Will Smith’s behavior can heavily impact and waste the effort of the production team he is working with, an industry insider mentioned.
Meanwhile, a PR specialist believed that it is never too late for the Hollywood star to redeem himself. They believed that people felt hurt to see one of the most favorite actors of the generation committing violence, but over time, they will forgive him, forget about this action, and eventually move on.
On the other hand, in his apology video, Will Smith recounted the Oscar experience and tried to explain his action, saying, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. 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.”
“I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the complexities and nuances of what happened. I’m not gonna try to unpack all of that right now but I can say to you, there was no part of me that thought that was the right way to behave in that moment,” he also added,
Nevertheless, Will Smith also mentioned that the event “hurts” him “psychologically and emotionally” since he “didn’t live up to people’s image and impression” of him. As a result, people left enraged comments that the apology is not genuine, and that Will Smith is “much more focused on getting the viewer to feel bad for him / making justifications for his behavior than simply apologizing.”