The Academy releases statement following Will Smith slapping incident

The Academy says it does not condone any act of violence.

The Academy releases statement following Will Smith slapping incident-Pao Apostol
Pao Apostol


03/28/2022 07:58 PM
The Academy releases statement following Will Smith slapping incident
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The Oscars this year will go down in history as one of the most memorable — but not for a good reason, that is. 

This, after actor Will Smith slapped American comedian Chris Rock after the latter made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith referencing the film G.I. Jane.

In the said film G.I. Jane which was released in 1997, the lead character played by Demi Moore sported a buzzcut. Jada has been suffering from alopecia which resulted to her losing hair and having bald spots.

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Of course, the joke did not sit well with Jada who was seen rolling her eyes after Chris made the joke. Will then went on to the stage and smacked Chris’s face. 

“Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me,” Chris reacted. “Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth,” Will responded and repeated the words again. 

“Mama’s gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something,” Jada wrote in an Instagram post back in December. “Me and this alopecia are going to be friends … period!” she remarked.

That same night, Will won an Oscar for playing the character of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie King Richard. This was Will’s first-ever Oscars win. 

In a tweet, the Oscars sa it “does not condone violence of any form.” 

"Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world,” the Oscars added. 

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department has since issued a statement, saying Chris won’t press charges.