Moment Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars
It’s been nearly two weeks since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
The Academy are convening today (April 8) to decide on what “consequences” Smith will face for the incident, which saw the actor hit Rock on stage and swear at him after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,” Rock had joked, in an apparent reference to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith stated last year that she shaved her head after struggling with alopecia.
Smith, who won the Best Actor prize later in the ceremony, walked on stage and struck Rock, before shouting at him: “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth.”
In a statement issued after the incident, the Academy “condemned” Smith’s actions, and said an investigation was being launched into prospective sanctions.
“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr Smith at last night’s show,” said the organization. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
Smith subsequently resigned from the Academy, but some have speculated that he could be stripped of his Best Actor prize – which he won during this year’s ceremony, for his role in the tennis biopic king richard.
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Does it feel to you like the whole incident is being dragged out for too long? Well, it could have been a lot worse.
The Academy’s crunch meeting was originally set to be held in 10 days’ time, but was moved forward earlier this week to address the situation sooner.
According to a letter written by AMPAS president David Rubin to the Board of Governors, Smith’s decision to resign from the Academy was responsible for the change in date.
“The April 18 date was set in accordance with California law and our Standards of Conduct because our agenda included possible suspension or expulsion of Mr. Smith from membership,” the letter read.
“We were required to provide Mr Smith notice 15 days prior to the board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also give him the opportunity to provide the board a written statement no less than five days prior to that meeting.”
When the prospect of “consequences” was first floated by the Academy, it was thought that Smith could potentially be stripped of his Academy membership.
However, the actor resigned from the organization last week.
In a statement, Smith called his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable” and said he will accept any “further consequences” the Academy may still decide on.
“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,” Smith’s statement continued.
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”
For a breakdown of what exactly this resignation means – including whether or not he will be able to participate in future Oscars competitions – see here…
louis chilton8 April 2022 19:13
Much of the decision-making in the aftermath of the Oscars has been shrouded in ambiguity – just how far could the Academy take the sanctions?
Revoking Smith’s Oscar would be the harshest possible outcome, but it’s not necessarily the likeliest scenario.
Whoopi Goldberg is one of the governors of the Academy’s actor’s branch, and stated outright that Smith’s Oscar would not be taken away.
“Sometimes you get to a point when you behave badly,” she said. “I myself have behaved badly on occasion.”
“We’re not going to take that Oscar from him,” said Goldberg. “There will be consequences I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, particularly because Chris said ‘Listen, I’m not pressing any charges.’”
Read her full quotes here…
However, this contradicts some of what has been said elsewhere, with reports emerging of a divide among Academy members regarding Smith’s punishment.
louis chilton8 April 2022 19:04
Academy agrees to decide ‘consequences’
Hello, and welcome to the live blog.
We’re following along as the Academy meets to determine what further sanctions Will Smith should face after the incident at the 2022 Oscars.
There’s no word yet on what time a decision is expected, but the meeting is reported to be taking place right now.
If Smith’s Oscar is taken away, it would represent an unprecedented measure from the Academy – but then again, nothing about this year’s ceremony had too much of a precedent.
louis chilton8 April 2022 18:53