Richard Williams, father of Serena and Venus, defends Will Smith over Chris Rock slap

The Academy Awards are simply days away, however the 2022 ceremony continues to be being talked about – a 12 months after Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock on stage. In a latest interview, Richard Williams, the daddy of professional tennis gamers Venus and Serena Williams, defended Smith, who portrayed him within the movie “King Richard.”

In an interview with the U.Okay.’s “Good Morning Britain,” Williams, 81, stated he’d all the time stand by Smith, who obtained widespread backlash for the on-stage slap, and was banned from the Oscars for 10 years. 

After Rock likened Jada Pinkett Smith to film character “G.I. Jane” as a result of she is bald due  to a prognosis of alopecia, Smith swiftly acquired up on stage and struck the comic. 

The day after the incident, Smith issued an apology – to Rock, the Academy and the Williams household, who have been within the viewers that night time. “I deeply remorse that my habits has stained what has been an in any other case beautiful journey for all of us,” he stated partly.  

“I believe he has achieved the most effective that he wanted to do,” Richard Williams stated in an interview with Noel Phillips. “However I might by no means be disgusted with Mr. Smith. Matter of reality, I appreciated Mr. Smith.” 

Moments after the slap, Smith acquired up on stage once more, to just accept the award for greatest actor for “King Richard,” wherein he performed Williams as he coached his daughters to greatness.

Williams stated Smith’s ban from the Oscars needs to be lifted and that “it is time for everybody to forgive” the actor. 

Practically one 12 months after the slap, Rock launched a comedy particular that contained his first public point out of the incident. Throughout “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” which was live-streamed on Netflix this week, Rock joked that “anyone who says phrases harm hasn’t been punched within the face.”

“You all know what occurred to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith. Everyone is aware of,” Rock stated, referring to former music government and convicted felon Suge Knight. “It nonetheless hurts. I acquired ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”

Smith additionally spoke publicly concerning the slap in an interview with Trevor Noah final November. “I used to be going via one thing that night time. And never that that justifies my habits in any respect,” he stated.”You are asking what did I be taught and it is that we simply acquired to be good to one another, man. It is exhausting. And I assume the factor that was most painful for me is that I took my exhausting and made it exhausting for different folks.” 

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