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It was the slap heard around the world. We didn’t know what to think when we first saw it.
Was it a joke? Was it scripted? There is no way it could have been real, right?
We were all thinking it until Will began hollering at Chris Rock to “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”
Then, we sat shocked. It was real. Will genuinely slapped the host during the Oscars on live TV. Dang!
Will appeared saddened by the experience during his interview with liberal host Trevor Noah. He delivered some awful excuses for his terrible behavior. Smith said:
“I’ve always wanted to be Superman, I’ve always wanted to swoop in and save the damsel in distress. I had to humble down and realize that I’m a flawed human.
“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. There are many nuances and complexities to it, you know, but at the end of the day, I just – I lost it. I guess what I would say – you just never know what somebody’s going through.
“I was going through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all.
“It was a lot of things.
“It was the little boy who watched his father beat up his mother…all of that just bubbled up at that moment. I just – that’s not who I want to be.
“I was gone, dude. That was a rage that had been bottled for a long time.
“And it’s like I understood the idea where they say hurt people hurt people.”
So, in Will’s mind, assault is justified when your feelings are hurt.
Spoken like a true liberal.
But it doesn’t end there. He went on with his lame excuses:
“In the audience right now, you know, you’re sitting next to strangers, somebody’s mother died last week, somebody’s child is sick, somebody just lost their job, somebody just found out their spouse cheated.
“There’s all these things.
“They’re strangers and you just don’t know what’s going on with people.”
It’s pathetic, Will. It seems like you are blaming your bad decisions on other people’s feelings. Don’t do that.
At least in these next few statements, he sounded like a decent human being:
“We got to be nice to each other, it’s hard, I guess the thing it was mostly for me is I took my heart and made it hard for other people.
“I had to forgive myself for being human.
“Trust me, there’s nobody that hates the fact that I’m human more than me.
“I still have an opportunity, you know, to go out in the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart and hopefully fills other people,” he said.
Listen, Will, I’m all for people forgiving themselves and pushing harder to rise to new limits, but don’t start with excusing your bad behavior. Be a man and own it.