The actor has seen a severe drop in popularity since he attacked Chris Rock during the Academy Awards
In the following months after the infamous Oscars slap, Will Smith has been losing thousands of followers per day on Instagram, while comedian Chris Rock has been steadily gaining followers.
According to recent data from I Love SEO, the King Richard star has been losing a whopping 256,110 Instagram followers in the past month, or an average of 8,000 per day.
The now-famous slap will always be associated with the Oscars ceremony this year, which took place in March. Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during the awards ceremony, which caused her husband to enter the stage and hit the comedian.
While Smith has maintained a very low profile since the March incident, Rock has started a U.S. tour and is scheduled to star in the upcoming movie Amsterdam alongside Christian Bale, John David Washington, and Margot Robbie.
Rock only has 6 million Instagram followers, compared to Smith’s staggering 64.1 million.
According to Newsweek, Smith raked in 2.1 million followers in April after gaining 4.9 million at the end of March (following the Oscars). But he lost 256,110 in June and 193,128 in May.
Chris Rock’s popularity is rising
After the incident, Rock amassed 1,155,773 followers at the end of March. He then added 261,230 followers in April, 63,463 followers in May, and 62,606 followers in June.
The comedian has been posting frequently, and he frequently discusses his upcoming Ego Death tour and other upcoming endeavors.
Smith, on the other hand, has not updated his account since March, when he apologized to Rock and issued a statement regarding the slap.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith’s apology at the time read. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
And then he addressed Rock directly with: “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”