The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed in a statement the ban of Will Smith from attending the Academy Awards for the next ten years. The decision follows the result of his hitting comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year’s Oscar ceremony.
The Board has decided that starting from April 8, 2022, Will shall not be able to attend any Academy events. It is according to the statement of Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.
Further, the board pointed out that the objective of the 94th Oscars meant to celebrate the incredible work of many individuals in the industry. “However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” the Academy’s letter added.
Meanwhile, Will accepted the decision of the committee through a brief statement. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” he responded.
Last week, the actor resigned from the academy affirming that the controversial action he did was “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
What’s behind the ban and resignation?
In this year’s Oscars ceremony, he slapped the comedian and presenter for joking about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Chris joked about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith looking like “G.I. Jane”. This is in reference to her bald head.
Will also asserted that the list of those he has hurt is long. He emphasized Chris, his family, many of his dear friends, and loved ones.
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