Will Smith is officially banned from the Oscars for 10 years. This decision came after the slapping incident which took the world into an uproar of memes and what Alopecia is. On Friday, the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted to ban the star from all Academy events for 10 years. They issued a statement in this regard.
The decision was taken on Friday by the board, According to CNN, the meeting was moved up from April 18 after Smith announced his retirement from the Academy last week.
“Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for 10 years from April 8, 2022, that Mr Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in the statement.
The statement continued, “The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage. During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room,” the letter went on to state, “For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers, and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented,” David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson added.
For those who don’t know about the incident, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after he joked about his wife Jada Pinkett’s shaved head. Jada is suffering from a condition called Alopecia. Rock said that he can’t wait to see Jada in ‘G. I Jane 2’. After this incident, Will Smith apologized on Instagram to Rock and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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