Will Smith resigns from the Academy over his ‘inexcusable’ action of slapping Chris Rock￼
On Apr 1, Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars ceremony last Sunday. His statement read, “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.” The Academy said it accepted the resignation and that they will move forward with their disciplinary process.
Smith slapped Rock for making a joke about his wife’s shaved head, which is due to alopecia, a hair-loss disorder. He won the best actor prize for his performance as the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard” less than an hour later. In his resignation, Smith wrote,”The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.”
During a stand-up concert in Boston on March 30, Rock addressed the incident, saying he was “still kind of processing what happened.” Fans also gave the comedian, who is presently on tour in the United States with his “Ego Death” show, a standing ovation. According to rumours, Rock had previously chosen not to pursue criminal charges against Smith.