A few hours after the star of “King Richard” broke his silence with a video of apology after a months-long break in communication, the comedian took the stage at the Fox Theater in Atlanta as part of his Ego Death World Tour.
Although The Rock didn’t directly address Smith’s heartfelt six-minute video, according to peoplehe did convey a clear message that “everyone is trying to be the fucking victims”.
“If everyone claims they are victims, then no one will hear the real victims. I even got slapped by Suge Smith,” he told the crowd, referring to Marion “Suge” Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, who is currently serving a 28-year sentence for murdering a man. “I went to work the next day, I have kids.”
“Whoever speaks words that hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock added. the same remark about the “cancellation culture” he shared on past shows.
The Rock has refrained from sharing his side of the story since Smith took the stage at the Oscars in March. Before the award was presented, the comedian made a tactless joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, who publicly announced her baldness.
However, Smith was more outspoken. In his recent video, the actor answered a slew of questions about the infamous moment, including whether he got in touch with The Rock, who he says is “not ready to talk.”
“It’s all fuzzy,” Smith remarked of his recollection of that night. “I’ll tell you, Chris, I’m sorry to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I am here when you are ready to talk.”
hello too turned to speculation about his wife’s role in the incident.
“I made the choice on my own, based on my own experience, from my history with Chris,” he said. “Jada has nothing to do with this. I’m sorry baby.”
The actor added that after months of reflection, he is still “trying to repent without being ashamed” of his actions and apologized to his family, fellow nominees and fans in general.
“Disappointing people is my main trauma. I hate it when I let people down,” he said. “It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to realize that I didn’t live up to people’s expectations of me.”
Shortly after the Oscars, the star voluntarily resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has since banned him from participation in the awards ceremony and other related developments for the next decade.
Smith is likely to face more scrutiny when his new film “Emancipation,” from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, releases “later this year or early next year.” in accordance with the deadlineafter the project was reportedly shelved due to controversy surrounding the slap.