New Delhi: At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith's slapping of comedian Chris Rock eclipsed everything else, including his first Best Actor win for King Richard. After the incident, Will Smith's mom, Carolyn Smith, reacted to her son's first award and, of course, the slapgate. In an interview with 6ABC, she said, "He is a very even-tempered, people-person. That's the first time I've ever seen him go off. first time in his lifetime... I've never seen him do that. " She added, "I know how he works, how hard he works...I've been waiting and waiting and waiting. When I heard the name, I was just like, "Yes! "
It all started when Chris Rock appeared on the stage to present the award for Best Documentary Feature, where he made a joke about Will Smith's wife and actor Jada Pinkett Smith being in "G.I. Jane" because of her shaved head, which triggered the The Pursuit Of Happyness actor, who hit Chris Rock and returned to his seat and yelled, "Keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth." Later, while receiving the Best Actor trophy, Will Smith apologised to the Academy and its nominees.
Will Smith, however, apologised to Chris Rock in an Instagram post later, where he said that he is "embarrassed" about what he did and an excerpt from his post read, "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."
On Tuesday, Jada Pinkett Smith also shared a cryptic post on her Instagram profile, in which she wrote: "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it."
Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has started a "formal review" of the situation. News agency AFP reported that the academy has officially started a formal review of the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct, and California law. On Monday, a brief tweet shared after the Oscars from the Academy's handle said it does not "condone violence of any form."
On Monday, the Academy tweeted a brief statement saying it doesn't "condone violence of any form." Meanwhile, Chris Rock has declined to file a police report, the Los Angeles Police Department said.