Richard Williams has finally spoken on Will Smith‘s debacle at the Oscars as he does not condone the violence that was on show from Smith, who portrayed his character in King Richard. Will Smith won the Oscar for being the best actor for the film ‘King Richard’ but it was his violence that grabbed the headlines.
Richard Williams, on whom the film is based is the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams shared his views on NBC news. He told how he condemns any kind of violence apart from the one done in self-defence.
“We don’t know all the details of what happened,” Williams said through his son Chavoita LeSane. “But we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense.”
Williams since his stroke mostly speaks through his 48-year-old son, Chavoita LeSane. According to NBC News, LeSane was also shocked at Will Smith’s actions but did not add more to the story.
Will Smith who played Richard Williams in King Richard made the headlines at the Oscars for all the wrong reasons
The Oscars ceremony was going along nicely as Chris Rock came to present the prestigious award ceremony in the third hour of the event. It was then the comic made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He said “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,” comparing her to Demi Moore’s character in the film where she is a female soldier with a shaved head. The joke was a reference to Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved hair as she already told her followers that she has been suffering from alopecia which results in hair fall.
Will Smith looked fine at first but later he stormed to the stage and without giving any warning he struck Chris Rock. The comic handled the situation well justifying his joke as Will Smith returned to his seat. Smith then revolted and said Rock to stop speaking about his wife. “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth,” Smith added after returning to his seat.
After all of this Will Smith went up o the stage again to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor for his sensational portrayal of Richard Williams in the film King Richard. There he shared how Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. He even apologized to everyone for his actions but subtly avoided an apology to Chris Rock.
“Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams,” Smith said. “But love will make you do crazy things,” Smith said while holding the Oscar in his hands.
The entire incident left Serena Williams speechless as she shared her reaction in an Instagram story where she shared how she is failing to process what exactly happened. Both Serena and Venus Williams were present at the Oscar ceremony as King Richard was featured in six Academy Awards nominations.
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