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Will Smith – Chris Rock Episode at the Oscars That Shocked The Entire World

The 94th Academy Awards caught the attention of the entire world within no time. It was held a few days ago and grabbed the headlines on social media owing to various reasons. One of the most viral moments of the Oscars was the Will Smith-Chris Rock episode that shocked everyone. As a result of the same, Will Smith had to face some hard consequences. What actually happened? Let us dig further into the entire incident.

Will Smith – The Oscars incident

Chris Rock was one of the presenters at the Academy Awards ceremony. While he was entertaining everyone with his jokes and punch lines, Rock’s comments on Jada Pinkett Smith didn’t go well with her husband Will Smith. It so happened that he commented on Pinkett Smith’s bald head and stated that she is preparing for G.I. Jane 2. This angered Will who then walked up the stage and hit Rock. While it left the latter shocked, the Aladdin actor returned to his sit and asked him not to take his wife’s name.

Will Smith Apology

The very same day, Will Smith won the best actor award for his role in King Richard. While he apologized to the others for his behaviour, he refrained from doing so to Chris Rock. Later, the actor did apologize to Rock publicly through a social media post.

Here is what the actor wrote on his Instagram post.

Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academic Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.

I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees, and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has strained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.

Sincerely,

Will.

Academy’s Response

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences called for a meeting over the entire episode of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. The members finally came to a conclusion a few days ago and punished the Aladdin actor by banning him from attending the Oscars for ten years. On the other hand, Will Smith readily accepted the punishment by stating that he respects the Academy’s decision.

According to the Indian Express, the Academy said, “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 behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

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