Will Smith disciplinary action for slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars

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                The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it is considering disciplinary measures against actor Will Smith for slapping comedian Chris Rock during the award ceremony, adding that it asked Smith to leave the celebration after it happened Sunday, but he refused.  The incident, which shocked the audience, was due to Rock's joke about the shaved head of Will Smith's wife, Jayda Pinkett, who suffers from alopecia areata, which causes hair loss and previously publicly revealed years ago that she suffers from it.                </p><div>

                <p>The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began on Wednesday looking into the "disciplinary actions to be taken" against the actor. <a target="_self" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/ثقافة/20220328-صفعة-ويل-سميث-لزميله-كريس-روك-تطغى-على-فوزه-بجائزة-الأوسكار-لأفضل-ممثل" rel="noopener"><strong>will Smith</strong></a>  Comedian Chris Rock slapped him during the award ceremony, noting that she asked Smith to leave the celebration after what happened, but he refused.

Chris Rock broke his silence as he made his first comment on the incident at the start of a party in Boston, saying that he was still trying to “come to grips with what happened.”

Within this framework, the academy said in a statement, “While we wish to make clear that he asked Smith to leave the party but he refused, we also understand that we could have handled the situation differently.”

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And the reason for the problem is that Rock has eaten in his jokes the shaved head of Jayda Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, who suffers from alopecia areata, which causes hair loss, and she previously publicly revealed years ago that she suffers from it. Smith suddenly rose to the stage and slapped Rock hard in the face, to the astonishment of the audience in the hall and the spectators who watched the evening from their homes.

“Let my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Smith, 53, yelled to the presenter after he sat down next to Jayda. Will Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard,” publicly apologized to Chris Rock and the Academy after the incident.

The academy’s statement also said that its board of directors on Wednesday began considering “disciplinary action against Will Smith for violating Academy policies, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or dangerous behavior, and undermining the integrity of the Academy.” The statement indicated that the academy sent Smith a notice of at least 15 days informing him that its board of directors would vote on the violations he committed and the penalties that might be imposed on him for doing so, within a deadline that would give the representative “the opportunity to be heard through a written response.”

The statement indicated that the board of directors will decide during a meeting to be held on April 18 whether to take “disciplinary action” against the Hollywood star and what this action will be. This could include suspending Will Smith from the academy, which has about ten thousand members, or even expelling him from it.

In the midst of the #MeToo movement in 2017, the academy expelled Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault. A few months later, she fired director Roman Polanski and actor Bill Cosby.

‘Withdrawing attention from the other winners’

Many in Hollywood are demanding the Academy punish the actor for resorting to violence, which in their opinion has unfairly diverted attention from the other winners of the evening. A letter signed by Academy President David Rubin and Director-General Dawn Hudson and addressed to thousands of Academy members stressed that “the live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards Sunday should have been a celebration of the many people (…) who have done an amazing job over the past year.” “We are shocked and outraged that these moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior of a candidate on stage,” the letter added.

Smith apologized via his Instagram account to The Rock and the organizers, writing, “My behavior yesterday evening at the Oscars is unacceptable and unforgivable.” As for Chris Rock, who did not want to file a complaint after being slapped, it was not until Wednesday evening that he had made any public comment on the incident.

Variety magazine published an audio clip of what the comedian said at the beginning of a show in Boston, addressing the audience, “I don’t have much to say about what happened, so if you come to hear about it… I have a full presentation that I wrote before the end of last week.” He added, “I’m still somewhat trying to comprehend what happened,” stressing that “at some point I will talk about this nonsense, and it will be serious and funny.”

Wanda Sykes, a presenter at the Oscars, said the accident had made her “sick” in the literal sense of the word. “I’m still a bit shocked,” she said during a talk show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Sykes, herself a humorist, thought that Will Smith should not have been allowed to remain in the hall or receive the award after what he had done. “It gives the wrong impression,” she said. “If you assault someone, they kick you out of the building. Point on the line.”

FRANCE 24/AFP

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