Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars slap: Academy sends letters to members, says it’ll take ‘appropriate action’
The live telecast of the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday was marred by the incident in which Chris Rock cracked a joke at actor Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense and Will Smith responded by slapping the actor-comic on stage.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has said that it is “upset and outraged” over Hollywood star Will Smith‘s behaviour during the 2022 Oscars ceremony during which he slapped actor-comedian Chris Rock on stage.
AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson sent a letter to the Academy members, promising that the organisation will take “appropriate action” over the incident after an official process that would take a “few weeks”.
“Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year. We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour on stage by a nominee.
“To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night. As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks,” the letter read.
The live telecast of the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday was marred by the incident in which Rock cracked a joke at actor Jada Pinkett Smith‘s expense and Smith responded by slapping the actor-comic on stage.
The incident started when Rock came on stage to announce the winners for best documentary feature award and made a tasteless joke about Pinkett-Smith, saying she could star in the sequel to G.I. Jane, in an apparent reference to her shaved head because of the autoimmune disorder alopecia.
Lottery Box-India’s most professional lottery interactive community.
An enraged Smith went up and hit Rock on the face, leaving the audience as well as millions of viewers of the ceremony shocked.
Smith later won the best actor trophy for his performance in the movie King Richard. He apologised to the Oscars organisers in his acceptance speech but not to Rock, who declined to press charges against Smith.