The incident at the Oscars has been this week’s most popular topic. The slap Will Smith gave to Chris Rock when the latter made fun of his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, has been in the news constantly. Now, new reports indicate that Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars ceremony even though he was asked to after slapping Chris Rock.
This incident has caused an uproar in the artistic community and social media. Many actors and other members of the Hollywood industry repudiated Smith’s actions, considering it an act of violence that didn’t represent the Academy values. Endless memes about the events are already circulating on the internet, and there are divided opinions. This open debate is because of Smith’s violent attitude and Rock’s verbal aggression against Jada.
and as far as *that incident* goes….. i am still processing. i have second hand embarrassment for all involved.
— Jodie (@MissJodie) March 28, 2022
Imagine what it must feel like to be losing your hair to the point where you have to shave it bald. You think that’s easy to deal with for anyone? You don’t think she’s cried about that many times? 2022 y’all gon have to see these men about those jokes you made about their wives.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) March 28, 2022
Some people have criticized the Academy for “rewarding” Will Smith’s action. This for having allowed him to stay at the awards ceremony and receive his Oscar for best actor. The Academy reacted to these comments from some art and entertainment personalities and commented on the matter.
Will Smith Refused to Leave the Oscars
The Academy’s statement mentions how they asked Will Smith to leave, and he refused to do so. Because of his behavior, part of the logistics and security team asked him to leave the ceremony. However, the actor refused and remained in his seat, and an hour later, he was on stage receiving his award.
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The organization also emphasized that the actor is currently under investigation because of the aggression towards Chris Rock. The actor’s actions do not go with the foundations and pillars that govern the Academy. However, they still haven’t mentioned anything about a sanction, as they will discuss it at their April 18 meeting.
In the official statement, the Academy said, “Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.” As for their actions, they added: “initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct.”
The latter ended its statement by adding the possible repercussions for Will Smith following the April 18 meeting. “suspension, expulsion or other sanctions.”
Finally, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized to Rock for everything during the ceremony.
Chris Rock Gives First Statements After the Incident
After almost a week of what happened at the Oscar ceremonies, Chris Rock gave the first statements on the matter. He declared that everything has been very confusing and is still trying to process what happened. He also apologized to several nominated actors for tarnishing their special night.
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While doing a stand-up show in Boston, he said he was still confused. He received a standing ovation from the audience, causing Rock to shed a few tears.
In the show, he stated that he was still thinking about what happened at the ceremony, but he didn’t want to go deeper into it. He added that his goal that day was to make them laugh with lots of jokes.
Even though several days have passed since the Oscar ceremony, there is still talk about what happened. The Academy is still determining possible sanctions after Will Smith refused to leave the ceremony following the aggression against Chris Rock. We will have to wait until the April 18 meeting to know the decision to know if Will gets to keep his Oscar or not.
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