The 2022 Oscars came and went, and what we will remember best was probably Will Smith's smock. The outraged movie star went on stage and dreamed of comedian Chris Rock after an inappropriate joke about Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Will continued to shout swear words at the stage - and an hour later he received the Oscar for Best Male Lead.
Will's actions have been widely discussed in the media and among film lovers on Monday. Was Rock's joke too gross? Should Smith have been sent home without an Oscar?

While the Academy is launching an investigation into what happened, Will Smith has taken to Instagram with a public apology to Chris Rock. Here he writes that he went too far and is ashamed of his actions:
"Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at yesterday's Oscars was unacceptable and unforgivable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition became too much for me and I reacted emotionally."
"I would like to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I went too far and it was wrong of me. I am ashamed and my actions were not signs of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and friendliness."
"I would also like to apologize to the academy, the producers behind the program, all the participants 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 colored what has otherwise been a wonderful journey for all of us. "

Related Stories: