Why Is Will Smith the Only Man Still Apologizing?

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, and I’ve already forgotten everything that happened before I slipped into a food coma.

This includes the infamous 2022 Oscars incident in which Will Smith slapped the daylights out of Chris Rock for making a deeply distasteful joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The altercation was dubbed the “slap heard around the world.”

After many an apology from Smith and several accountability measures—including Smith’s resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—it seems like most of us have let bygones be bygones.

But Smith says he understands if fans still might not be ready to see him on the big screen in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming film Emancipation, a movie based on the true story of the runaway slave known as “Whipping Peter” (played by Smith).