Just hours after Will Smith released the apology video, Chris Rock referenced his now-infamous Oscar slap during a tour stop in Atlanta.
In March, Smith slapped The Rock on stage during the 2022 Academy Awards when the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s lack of hair, comparing her to a character in the film gi zen, Pinkett-Smith has been vocal about her struggles with alopecia, which causes hair loss. The Rock admitted to the shocking moment during his performance on Friday Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour,
“Everybody is trying to be a victim,” the 57-year-old said, CNN reported.
“If everyone claims to be a victim, no one will listen to the real victims. Even I’m being smitten by Suge Smith… I went to work the next day, I got kids, He compared Smith to former CEO Suge Knight. Death Row Records who are currently serving a 28-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
“Whoever says hurtful words is never punched in the face,” he said.
Earlier that day, Smith posted a social media video apologizing. Horoscope Star for the slap. The video is titled “It’s Been a Minute” and answers questions about what happened during the March telecast.
“The last few months I’ve been doing a lot of thoughtful and personal work,” reads the title card. “You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”
During the video, Smith shared that he had reached out to Rock, but that he was “not ready” to speak Rock.
“Chris, I beg your pardon,” said Smith. “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
“I want to apologize to Chris’ mother,” he continued, adding that he saw an interview he gave about the slap. “That was one of the things about that moment. I just didn’t realize… how many people were hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize to Chris’s family, Especially Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. It’s probably irreplaceable.”