Vivica A. Fox explains her vision of Will Smith, Chris Rock slams at the Oscars
Vivica A. Fox Says She Received Praise for Calling Will Smith’s Slap of Chris Rock at 2022 Oscars “Black on black crime.”
“People were really happy that I was honest,” the 57-year-old actress exclusively told Page Six at the American Heart Association’s Red Dress Collection concert in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday.
“They were like, ‘Well, you told the truth!'” she added. “Some people thought maybe I was going to sugarcoat it because, of course, I know all the parties involved, but I was disappointed – I mean, really disappointed.”
When asked if she had spoken to Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, or Rock — who made the joke about Pinkett Smith that led to the slap in the face — the “Kill Bill” star said no.
“I mean, look, nobody expected this to happen,” she told us. “We were all literally caught off guard and disappointed by a very unfortunate event that took the air out of the building. I told the truth. I always tell the truth. I think that’s the way it should work.
Fox, however, applauded Smith, 53, for addressing the incident moments after it happened as he accepted the best actor award for his lead role in “King Richard.”
“I love that Will was man enough to stand up and apologize that night, you know?” she told us about the actor’s apologies only to his “other nominees” and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Who knows what got into him, but we will pray for him. He’s still Will Smith. He’s still Will Smith.
“He made the biggest mistake of his life on the biggest night of his life, but he said, ‘I’ll take full responsibility for it. He apologized to everyone,” Fox added, though Smith didn’t apologize to Rock, 57, until the following day in a statement posted to Instagram.
The actress – who spoke to us before the Academy announced that Smith would be banned from all organization events for the next 10 years – said she hopes the actor “learns from this and goes forward”.
“Sometimes things happen to open your eyes, you know what I mean? To help you grow, to help you get out of your own way and out of your own bubble sometimes,” she explained. “And so maybe that will be a huge learning lesson.”