CINEMA – Will Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of the Oscars after the slap who hit comedian Chris Rock in the middle of the ceremony award ceremony, he said in a statement.
“My actions during the 94th Academy Awards they were shocking, painful and unforgivable”, writes Will Smith in this text quoted this Friday, April 1, by various specialized media in Hollywood.
“The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone who was in the audience or at home,” the 53-year-old continued.
“I am resigning as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept whatever consequences the Board of Directors deems appropriate,” he said.
It’s a joke by Chris Rock about the short hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife who hasa disease that causes severe hair lossthat had triggered the scandal on Sunday night.
Will Smith suddenly came on stage and slapped Chris Rock under the stunned eyes of celebrities and viewers (Look the following video).
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy”
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other contestants and winners of the opportunity to celebrate their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken,” she laments in her text.
A few dozen minutes after the slap, Will Smith returned to the Oscars stage to receive the best actor award for his role in The Williams Method.
The Academy of the Oscars has initiated a disciplinary file against the artist.
The Academy’s board of directors said it would meet on April 18 to decide on his case and decide on possible sanctions.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. What I did was inappropriate and I was wrong.” Will Smith wrote on Instagram on Monday in a first message of apology (to read next). “My behavior last night at the Oscars was unacceptable and inexcusable. Pranks at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health problem was too much for me and I reacted emotionally, ”she explained, explicitly rejecting” any violence ”.
Oscars night producer pays tribute to Chris Rock’s composure
Voices were raised to demand that Will Smith be stripped of his Oscar, but others pointed out that neither Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, nor director Roman Polanski had been forced to return his statuette after being expelled from the Oscar. Academy.
Oscar night producer Will Packer paid tribute to Chris Rock’s composure and professionalism that he said saved Oscar night. “It’s because Chris handled that moment with grace and poise that we were able to continue the show,” Will Packer said Friday on ABC television.
After being slapped, the humorist had quickly chained himself, delivering, as expected, the trophy for best documentary. He then preferred to play appeasement, refusing to file a complaint against Will Smith that the police were willing to arrest for his gesture.
“It allowed us to continue with the show, what we wanted to do,” said the producer.
chris rock first spoke about the incident on Wednesday night, shortly after arriving on stage for a show in Boston. “I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about these things. And it will be serious and fun,” she said.
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