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Will Smith Apologizes for Slapping Oscars Presenter Chris Rock

HeadlineMar 29, 2022

Academy Award-winning actor Will Smith has issued an apology for slapping presenter Chris Rock at the Academy Awards Sunday after Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being bald. Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia. In an Instagram post, Smith said his reaction was “unacceptable and inexcusable.” Smith continued, “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. … 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.” The Academy on Monday condemned Smith’s actions and launched an inquiry into what happened.

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