They asked him to leave the gala, but Will Smith refused. This is stated by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which yesterday assumed its part of the blame when it came to managing what happened at the unusual Oscar ceremony last Sunday, when, in an outburst, the film’s protagonist as ‘Men in Black’ got up from his seat and slapped comedian Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about the shaved head of the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “We could have handled the situation differently,” the organization apologizes, as reported by CNN.
Yesterday the Academy announced the launch of “disciplinary procedures” against the 53-year-old performer, who a few minutes after the slap for which the 94th edition of the awards will be remembered, went up to collect the Oscar for best leading actor for his role. in ‘The Williams Method’, where he plays Richard Williams, the father of the tennis players Venus and Serena. “The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy,” it said in a statement.
And although several days had passed since the attack, they finally apologized to the comedian and also to the 16.6 million viewers who followed the show live. As the institution noted yesterday, Will Smith “has received a notice” that gives him the opportunity “to be heard in advance through a written response.”
For his part, Chris Rock made his first statements after the gala this Wednesday. The comedian, who has already ruled out filing a complaint against the actor, explained during a performance in Boston where he hung the ‘No tickets’ sign, that he is still “processing what happened.” At the beginning of the show, he joked with the audience by asking them “how was your weekend?” before explaining that he did not plan to address the incident in depth. “I’m still processing what happened, so I’m going to talk about that shit at some point,” Rock told the crowd. «It will be something serious. “It will be fun, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes.”
During the gala, after being slapped by Will Smith, Rock tried to make light of the matter with a “wow, man. “It was just a joke about Lieutenant O’Neil.” To which the actor responded angrily: “Take my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Discomfited, Rock tried to maintain his composure: “I’m going to do it. “It has been a great night in the history of television.”
Late Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, early Tuesday morning in Spain, Will Smith apologized to the comedian. «I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was wrong and out of line. I am ashamed and my actions do not represent the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” the new Oscar winner wrote in an entry on his Instagram account.
A position diametrically opposed to the one he exhibited during his acceptance speech the night before. With tears in his eyes and clinging to the statuette, the actor only apologized to the Academy and the other nominees – “I hope they invite me again,” he even said – and dropped pearls such as “love leads you to do things.” crazy things” or that Denzel Washington had already warned him that “when he was at the top the devil would appear.” «Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s (his wife’s) medical condition was hard to take and I reacted emotionally,” he later said in the statement.