Serena Williams Just Broke Her Silence On Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At The 2022 Oscars

I know, I know, another post about the Will Smith Oscars slap. But hear me out!!!

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This time, we have Serena Williams sharing her take on the whole thing — which is notable, since it occurred the night Will won an Oscar for playing her father in the biographical sports drama King Richard.

Will standing between Serena and Venus Williams on the red carpet of the Producers Guild of America Awards
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When asked on CBS Mornings how she felt about the moment, Serena said, "I thought it was such an incredible film, and I feel that there was an incredible film after that with Questlove that kind of was overshadowed."

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Questlove was being presented with a trophy for Best Documentary Feature when Will stormed the stage and hit Chris Rock for making fun of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

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"I also feel that I've been in a position where I've been under a lot of pressure and made a tremendous amount of mistakes," Serena continued. "I'm the kind of person that's like, 'I've been there, I've made a mistake, it's not the end of the world.' We're all imperfect and we're all human, and let's just be kind to each other. And I think that's often forgotten a lot."

Close-up of Serena who's wearing a necklace that spells out "QUEEN"
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Will, for his part, has since apologized for hitting Chris, sharing in a conversation with Trevor Noah that he was “going through something that night.” “Not that that justifies my behavior at all,” he added. But “it was a lot of things.”

Will onstage holding his Oscar
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"It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know," he continued. "All of that just bubbled up in that moment … and that’s not who I want to be.”

Will onstage covering his face with his hand and holding his Oscar during his acceptance speech
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You can watch Serena talk about the moment from the Oscars below: