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Will Smith Won’t Be Attending the Oscars for 10 Years After Ban

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The Academy Awards have banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years following the recent incident where he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year’s ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced in a statement recently stating that Will Smith will no longer be allowed to attend any Oscars for a decade. The statement obtained by CNN read:

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, 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,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement on Friday.

The decision was made during a Board of Governors meeting held earlier in the day in Los Angeles. The meeting, initially scheduled for April 18, was expedited after Smith announced his resignation from the Academy last week. Smith issued a quick, concise statement on his ban from the Oscars for the next decade.

In response to the decision, Smith released a short and precise statement that read: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had no choice but to make a decision regarding the actor’s behaviour during the ceremony after a heated debate ensued online regarding what consequences had to be taken in response to the slap.

The Academy’s letter added: “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.”

Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years

The Board of Governors said in a previous statement that they wanted the matter to be “handled in a timely fashion.”
Will Smith’s resignation means that he is no longer part of the Academy’s voting body, but it does not prevent the Oscar winner from being nominated in the future, a source said.

It is also reported that despite the ban, Will Smith will still be given a chance to be nominated for any Oscars. According to the Academy, “the standards of conduct rules” at play in today’s action “do not apply to awards eligibility,” a source told CNN.

Chris Rock is yet to offer an official statement regarding the recent actions taken by the Academy but has remained silent and hasn’t spoken publicly about the incident since its occurrence on March 27.

Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett in reference to a movie that made fun of her close-cropped hair which prompted the actor to take centre stage and slap him. However, Pinkett suffers from hair loss caused by a disease called alopecia which many said was an inappropriate joke.

 

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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