In the second full day of The Slap’s speech, ‘The View’ still has strong opinions about Will Smith, even after the actor publicly apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him live during from the Sunday night Oscars telecast after the comedian took a pot shot from the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in ‘King Richard,’ a biopic about tennis star Venus and Serena Williams’ father.
First, a quick look at this apology, which Smith posted on Instagram last Monday:
“Violence in any form is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for anyone to bear. me and I reacted emotionally.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all of the contestants, 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 tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.
For the most part, the show’s panel agrees that Smith’s apology was both necessary and laudable.
“I accept what he said because I know how important it is for people to say ‘I hear you,'” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said. “So I heard you [Smith] and I’m glad you did.”
Co-host Joy Behar then references Smith’s 2021 memoir “Will” and reads a brief excerpt where Smith vividly describes the time he saw his father hit his mother so hard “that she collapsed and… coughed up blood”. Smith, who was only 9 at the time, says it was the most defining moment of his life.
Behar clarifies that she is not a psychologist but still tries to offer an explanation for Smith’s brash outburst.
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“Seems like this 9-year-old boy lives in Will Smith,” she says, noting that Smith went into defensive mode after noticing his wife was visibly uncomfortable over Rock’s prank. Behar adds that Rock was “caught in the crosshairs” of Smith’s “transference,” which is a phenomenon within psychotherapy where an individual redirects their emotions or feelings about one person to a separate individual.
The psychoanalysis continues with guest co-host Tara Setmayer, who offers some advice from her therapist before presenting another explanation for Smith’s behaviors.
“That’s also what happens when you see people putting their lives on stage,” she says. “You also take a lot of criticism and you have to be able to take care of yourself to deal with that. And I think it [Smith] clearly needs to. Setmayer continues, stating that Smith should have been kicked out of the room immediately after “The Slap.” She also thinks Smith should have apologized quickly after the altercation and stresses that he shouldn’t face “selective consequences.” ” now.
“Tara, listen, I’m not excusing the behavior,” Behar interjects. “I’m explaining the behavior…He may need therapy.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin joins mentions of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein – who was not stripped of his Oscars after being convicted of felony sexual assault and third-degree rape – is “not comparable” to Smith’s assault, but stresses he should face the consequences but not lose his award.
“There are consequences. There are big consequences, because nobody agrees with what happened,” interrupts Goldberg, who is a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. film science. “Nobody, nobody, nobody.”
Watch the panel discussion below, via Youtube:
Many Hollywood celebrities condemned Smith after Sunday night and said violence is never acceptable in any situation. On Monday, Richard Williams, whom Smith plays in “King Richard,” also slammed the actor.
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“We don’t know all the details of what happened,” Williams said. told NBC News through his son Chavoita LeSane. “But we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense.”
Will Smith’s mother, Carolyn Smith, also opened up about the situation, telling 6 Philadelphia ABC News that she was shocked.
“He’s a very outgoing person. It’s the first time I’ve seen him leave,” Smith said. “The first time in his life…I’ve never seen him do that.”
Additionally, Pinkett Smith broke her silence on the incident with a little message on Instagram:
“It’s a healing season and I’m here for it.”
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