Los Angeles — Will Smith broadcasts on comedian Chris Rock on Monday night after Oscar’s television broadcast on Sunday night after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which manages the award, condemned his actions and began investigating the case. I apologized for slapping him inside.
Smith, who did not apologize to Rock, who won the Best Actor Award on Sunday night, wrote on Instagram on Monday night, “Chris, I want to apologize publicly.”
“I was off the line and wrong,” he said in a statement. “I was embarrassed and my actions did not indicate who I wanted to be.”
His apology came when the Academy, a major Hollywood union, and others criticized his actions, surprised viewers around the world, and cast a shadow over Oscar.
“The academy has blamed Smith for his actions at the show last night,” the film organization said in a statement. “We will formally launch a formal review of this case and investigate further actions and consequences in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, Code of Conduct and California Law.”
The Academy statement was issued after the meeting on Monday. The accompanying five-page document on standards of conduct details behaviors that an organization considers unacceptable. It prohibits “uninvited, in some circumstances inappropriate and unwelcome, or physical contact with compulsory sexual attention.” Nor is “threatening, stalking, abusive or threatening behavior, or bullying” permitted.
According to the bylaws, disciplinary action may include “suspension of membership or expulsion of membership”.
The academy was not known to have expelled members before 2017, when Harvey Weinstein was dismissed in allegations of sexual harassment and rape. Then, in 2018, after adopting a member code of conduct, the organization fled the country a few years ago while waiting for a statutory rape sentence with Bill Cosby, who was convicted of sexual assault. Exiled the creator, Roman Polanski.
Screen Actors Guild-A union representing thousands of people working in movies, television and radio called the case “unacceptable” but “not commented on the disciplinary proceedings of pending members. “.
“Workplace violence and physical abuse are by no means appropriate, and the union has condemned such conduct,” the union said in a statement on Monday. “The case of Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable.”
The incident happened on Sunday night after Mr. Rock joked about the bustling hair of Mr. Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia, a condition that leads to hair loss. The blow wasn’t initially written in the script until Smith walked to the Dolby Theater stage and slapped Rock, warning him to return to his seat and stop talking about his wife. I left a surprised viewer. Use expletives.
Behind the scenes at the Academy Awards, there was a serious debate about removing Smith from the theater, according to two industry insiders who knew of the situation where anonymity was granted to explain internal deliberations. .. However, one pointed out that the time was short as Mr Smith was approaching the best actor award he was eager to win. And stakeholders had different opinions on how to proceed. Others said they were also concerned about further disrupting live broadcasts.
As the show progressed, actor Denzel Washington spoke with Smith during a commercial break. Shortly thereafter, Mr Smith won the Best Actor Award. (Mr. Smith said in his speech that Mr. Washington told him: “Beware of your best moments, when the devil comes for you.”) On his stage In his remarks, Smith resolutely portrays the similarities between the Academy and his fellow candidates (not Rock) as the characters he played in Venus and Serena Williams’ father, King Richard. I tried to get in.
“Richard Williams was a strong defender of his family,” Smith said.
He received a standing ovation.
Smith said in a statement Monday that the joke about his wife’s medical condition was “I can’t stand it” and responded emotionally. Smith also apologized to the academy, show producers, viewers, people involved in “King Richard”, and the Williams family.
“I deeply regret that my actions have defiled what was otherwise a gorgeous journey for all of us,” he said. “I’m working on it.”
The case obscured the award. At ABC’s “Good Morning America,” George Stephanopoulos said on Monday, “It’s something I’ve never seen before, it’s very difficult to handle. After Chris Rock joked about his wife, Will Smith did that. I’m on stage. I’ll attack Chris Rock. “
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Television broadcasts have attracted more viewers than last year, but interest has remained depressed compared to the past few years. According to ABC, the award show attracted 15.4 million viewers at ABC, 56% more than 9.85 million who watched the 2021 event. The Sunday night show was still the second unwatched Oscar.
The comedian, who makes unpleasant and sometimes unpleasant jokes to make a living, expressed concern about the precedent set by Smith.
“Let me tell you something. It’s a very bad habit to go on stage and physically attack comedians,” Kathy Griffin said. Tweet.. “Now we all have to worry about those who want to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.”
Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian and talk show host who was the last person to host Oscar, said in a “Bill Simmons Podcast” that the show host was sick. For Mr. Rock’s best documentary film award-winning Armir “Questlove” Thompson and Mr. Rock, who said he “certainly wasn’t worth it.”
“In a way, Will Smith also feels sick. I think he made him feel better and this should have been one of the great nights of his life,” Kimmel said. “And that’s not the case now. Was there anyone in the world who didn’t like Will Smith an hour ago? It looks like no one? Right now he doesn’t have any comedian friends. Sure. That’s right. “
Whoopi Goldberg, a member of the Academy’s Governor’s Association and hosting the show several times, said he didn’t expect Smith’s award to be revoked on Monday’s “The View,” and Rock said he wouldn’t accuse him. Quoted the decision.
“We’re not going to rob him of that Oscar,” she said. “I’m sure the results will come out.”
The Los Angeles Police Department said it was aware that Oscar was described as a “slap in one individual” case. Police said officials “refused to submit police reports.”
“If officials wish to report to the police at a later date, the police will move forward and” complete the investigation report, “he said.
At least one member of the Academy, Marshall Herskovitz, Former President of the Producers Guild of America, Called For Mr Smith to face disciplinary action.
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