On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the public should not immediately judge Will Smith as a bad person because he slapped Chris Rock during Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Adams said although violence should never be an answer, it just happened that Smith had a bad day.
“Violence is never the answer. It’s a painful moment,” Adams said.
“The worst day in our life should not be the description of our entire life,” Adams added.
He said Smith is an outstanding actor and humanitarian it just happened that he had a bad day during the Oscars ceremony.
“It was a bad day, violence should never be used, but I think Will — he apologized, he said he was wrong, he’s embarrassed,” he said.
“I think that we should accept his apology,” he added.
Regarding calls that Smith must return his Oscar best actor award due to his action, Adams opposes such a suggestion.
“I don’t think he should,” Adams said.