Willow Smith Breaks Her Silence About Dad Will Punching Chris Rock

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Family support. Willow Smith opens up about the infamous moment when her father, Will Smithbeaten Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars.

“I see my whole family as a human being, and I love them and accept them for all their humanity,” the 21-year-old musician said. Billboard in an interview on Friday, August 5. “Because of the position we are in, our humanity is sometimes not accepted and we are expected to act in a way that is not conducive to healthy human life and not conducive to fairness.”

The “Transparent Soul” singer went on to say that the spat between the awards “didn’t shake me as much as my own internal demons.”

The front page incident happened during the Academy Awards on March 27 after Rock, 57, made a comment about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smithappearing in a GI Jane continued because of her shaved head. The Red Table Talk host, 50, is candid about her battle with alopecia, which causes hair loss. The quip asked the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air alum, 53, to march to the stage and punch the comedian in the face.

Willow subtly weighed in on the case two days after the incident and shared a quote via her Instagram story. “You know who’s going through a lot right now? Literally everyone,” the quote reads. “Just be nice.” However, the pop star did not formally comment on the situation until the Billboard interview.

Willow Smith Breaks Her Silence on Papa Will's Oscars Slap

Chris Rock and Will Smith. Rob Latour/Shutterstock

Will, for his part, publicly apologized to the… Saturday Night Live alum in a lengthy Instagram post a day after the ceremony, calling “violence in all forms poisonous and destructive.” He was then banned from all Academy Awards events for the next 10 years and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The striving for happiness actor again shared his regret for the July incident.

“I hate it when I disappoint people. So, it hurts, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and impression people had of me,” King Richard’s star stated in the emotional video. “And the work I try to do is I deeply repent and I try to repent without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake, and I try not to see myself as a piece of s–t.”

Rock, for his part, is taking a step back for now. “Chris has no immediate plans to have a one-on-one with Will,” a source told exclusively Us Weekly on Tuesday 2 August about the Adults star’s response to Will’s latest apology video. “He’s moving forward.”

While Rock did not address the situation directly with the Men in black actor, he has referred to the showdown during many of his stand-up comedy routines after the much-discussed incident.

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he joked during his set at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, in July, an eyewitness shared exclusively with U.S at the time. The audience member also revealed that the Good Hair director also called Will “Suge Smith”, seemingly referring to the CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knightwho is in prison for manslaughter.

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