Reacting for the first time publicly, Chris Rock for his part declared at the start of a show in Boston that he was
still digesting what happened.
While we wish to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also acknowledge that we could have handled the situation differently.wrote in a press release the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars.
A joke gone wrong
It was a joke by Chris Rock about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, suffering from alopecia – a disease causing severe hair loss which she revealed to be suffering from a few years ago – which sparked the scandal on Sunday evening.
Will Smith suddenly took the stage and slapped Chris Rock to the dumbfounded gaze of celebrities on site and viewers.
The 53-year-old artist, rewarded shortly after the incident with the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Williams Method (King Richard), has since issued a public apology to Chris Rock and the Academy of Oscars.
Fifteen day reprieve
The latter’s board of directors met on Wednesday and
initiated disciplinary proceedings against Will Smith for violations of Academy policies, which include inappropriate physical contact, abusive or dangerous conduct, and compromising the integrity of the Academyaccording to the press release.
The organization king of American cinema gives the actor a period of at least 15 days to
be heard by means of a written response.
We will discuss a possible
disciplinary action against him at a meeting scheduled for 18 April. It could include the suspension or expulsion of Will Smith from the Academy, which has nearly 10,000 members.
Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, was kicked out of the Academy amid the #MeToo movement in 2017. A few months later, it was the turn of director Roman Polanski and actor Bill Cosby.
Many in Hollywood are calling on the organization to punish the star for her act of violence, which they say unfairly eclipsed the night’s other winners.
In a letter sent Wednesday morning to members of the Academy, the organization’s management said
scandalized by the incident.
The broadcast of the 94and the Oscars on Sunday was meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who have done incredible work over the past yearreads the letter, signed by the president of the Academy, David Rubin, and by its director general, Dawn Hudson.
That these moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior of a candidate on stage shocks and scandalizes us.can we read.
Will Smith ended up apologizing on Instagram, apologizing to both Chris Rock and the Academy:
What I did was inappropriate and I was wrong. My behavior last night at the Oscars is unacceptable and inexcusable.
Chris Rock prepares a line
Chris Rock, who did not wish to file a complaint after his assault, had not spoken publicly on the subject until Wednesday evening.
I don’t have much to say about what happened so if you’re here to hear that… I have an entire show I wrote before last weekendlaunched the comedian shortly after arriving on stage for a show in Boston, according to a short sound clip released by the magazine variety.
I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about this stuff. And it will be serious and funnyadded Chris Rock.
Wanda Sykes, comedian and one of three presenters who hosted the Oscars gala evening, said the incident literally left her
And I’m still a little traumatizedshe assured during a show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Wanda Sykes felt that Will Smith should never have been allowed to stay in the room and receive his trophy after such a gesture.
This sends the wrong message. If you assault someone, we get you out of the building, period.did she say.
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Oscars: Will Smith refused to leave the premises, according to the Academy