'This is probably irreparable': A flashback to Will Smith's 2022 Oscars controversy
Revisiting Will Smith's Oscars 2022 controversy: Smith's TikTok hints at the infamous slap, while the Academy's 10-year ban lingers in the shadows.
Will Smith and Chris Rock at 2022 Oscars (Source: DesiMartini)
Will Smith's Oscars Controversy: Slaps, TikToks, and an Emotional Apology
Who would have imagined that the esteemed 2022 Oscars would be overshadowed by a slap that would reverberate throughout Hollywood? While most of the world has moved past the incident, it seems Will Smith hasn't completely left it behind. As reported by USA Today on Feb 21, 2023, Smith's TikTok venture humorously hints at the night that shook the entertainment industry.
A TikTok Tease: Smith and His Oscar
Smith's foray into the world of TikTok has garnered him over 1.5 million views. The actor seemingly found humor in an interaction where a TikToker suggested that inanimate objects can provide personal opinions on their owners. Will Smith's quirky reaction? He promptly pulls in his Oscar trophy, giving it a wary and questioning glance, perhaps asking, "What do you think of me now?
The Apology Saga: Smith vs. Rock
Following the infamous slap delivered to Chris Rock for his comment about Jada Pinkett-Smith's alopecia, the world waited with bated breath for Smith's response. It eventually came in a poignant YouTube video titled "It's Been A Minute."Addressing the elephant in the room, Smith admitted, "I was fogged out by that point. It's all fuzzy." His raw confession about not apologizing to Rock during his acceptance speech revealed the depths of his emotion. Moreover, Smith extended a heartfelt apology to Rock, saying, "I apologize to you, Chris." Yet, the aftermath of the slap saw Rock unwilling to open lines of communication, at least for the time being.
A Decade Without the Oscars: Smith's Ban
The slap's echo was further prolonged when the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a significant decision. Nearly two weeks post-Oscars, Smith found himself banned from Academy events for a decade. A decision that arguably added salt to an already painful wound.
So, where does this leave the charismatic actor? In the world of the ever-evolving entertainment landscape, ten years can feel like an eternity. Yet, with Smith's resilience and penchant for self-reflection, there's little doubt that he'll continue to find ways to keep his fans engaged, one TikTok at a time.
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