Will Smith is following his animal instincts.
After taking a social media break following his actions at the 2022 Oscars, the actor seems to be itching to get back online.
On Aug 19, Will returned to Instagram and posted a video of a baby gorilla poking a large adult gorilla. In the clip, the baby gorilla nervously walks up to the adult gorilla and pokes its back before running away. The baby gorilla does again and the adult gorilla runs after him in anger.
The video was captioned, "Me trying to get back on social media."
Will's fans quickly took to the post's comments section, sharing their approval of the idea. "We will welcome you back man!," commented one fan. "We've missed you! Everyone goes through s--t. You're human, just like the rest of us! COME BACK WILL!"
Another wrote, "We all make mistakes. C'mon back bro."
Even the famed dog whisperer Cesar Millan weighed in, commenting, "ANIMAL KINGDOM IS WITH YOU WILL."
In the aftermath, Will resigned from the Academy and was banned from its events for the next 10 years. He also issued an online apology admitting his actions at the Oscars were "unacceptable and inexcusable."
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," he wrote on Instagram on March 28. "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."
He continued, "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."
Will then took a four month social media break before posting a seven-minute long YouTube video saying he was "deeply remorseful" and that his behavior was unacceptable.
"I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment," he shared. "And I'm not going to try to unpack all of that right now. But I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment."
He added, "There is no part of me that thinks that's the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults."