The last installment of the Oscars will not be remembered for the quality of the nominated films, or for the emotional speeches given by the winners. Instead, the big night in Hollywood will go down in history as the night of scandal and outbursts of violence. Although it was the first statuette that Will Smith obtained in his career, no one will really remember this detail. He but the start of him on stage when he chose to hit one of the presenters of the gala. Although Will Smith tried to correct the error in his speech as the winner, a formal apology for the victim as such did not take place. At least not immediately.
A day after what happened, just as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it was opening a formal investigation, Will Smith posted his apology to Chris Rock. Through your account Instagram The actor confessed that his behavior was “unacceptable and indefensible.” Despite the fact that there is the opinion of many people who consider that his resolution is justified and understandable due to the nature of the situation.
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Teasing at my expense is part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
During the ceremony Chris Rock took the stage to present the Best Documentary category. Not without first making a joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith‘s physique, who suffers from alopecia. A disease that leads to hair loss. Although Will Smith showed a laugh at first, it was the face of his wife clearly offended, which led him to leave his seat, go on stage and slap Rock. He later yelled at her to “keep his wife’s name out of her fucking mouth.”
Some 40 minutes later the Best Actor envelope announced Will Smith as the winner. Going up on stage to collect the statuette from him, his speech was an odd mix of thanks and justification. He aligned the principles of his character in King Richard: A Winning Family, with their own claiming that “it was a man who defends and fights for his family.” Smith avoided the press at the end of the gala, but he did attend the Vanity Fair party where he was seen dancing with a statuette in hand.
Almost after the altercation Chris Rock chose not to press charges against the actor. If so, Smith could have faced six months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. However, it seems that the act will not go unpunished. The next day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened an investigation folder on what happened. Whoopi Goldberg, who is a member of the organization, assured that there are no plans to remove the recently obtained statuette from the actor. But there will certainly be consequences.
The Academy issued a brief statement on social media condemning the act. But in private (via) sent all its members a list with the rules of conduct. In these it is pointed out that “There is no place in academia for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a way that violates standards of decency.” For this reason, one of the consequences that could fall on Smith is the suspension of his license as a member or even a definitive expulsion.
Other unacceptable behaviors for the Academy are harassment, physical contact without consent, discrimination, intimidation, bullying, revenge and abusive and threatening behaviors. A curious list that would lead us to reevaluate even the comedy speeches allowed on stage. The same ones that caused the incident in the first place.
Will Smith’s entry apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscar slap in the face was first published in Cine PREMIERE.