Last week ended bittersweet for Will Smithafter knowing that the hollywood academy prohibits him for the next ten years from attending the Oscars. A punishment that was taken after the artist slapped Chris Rock during the ceremony. A violent action due to a bad joke made by the humorist towards his wife, Jada Pinkett.
Many were waiting for an answer from Will Smith, the protagonist of I’m legendsince the incident occurred has preferred to apologize and adopt a low profile. However, finally, under pressure, he has decided to give his opinion.
A short and concise message
The slap The image of Will Smith’s slap to Chris Rock went around the world. Reuters Photo
“I accept and respect the decision of the Academy”, Smith has pronounced in a concise message with which he shows that he continues to opt for formality and silence after the slap.
His wife, on the other hand, did decide days before to give her version and recognized that she did not need to be defended by anyone and added that “this is the time to heal and I am willing to do so.”
Will Smith, days before this statement and knowing the Academy’s decision, posted the following message on Instagram:
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior last night at the Oscars was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s (his wife’s) medical condition was hard to take and I reacted emotionally.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, posing on the red carpet of the Oscars, before the scandal. Reuters Photo
Will Smith fears that Hollywood will put him on its “blacklist”, something quite likely after his sanction by the Academy and Netflix’s decision not to continue working on a project with him.
Repentant for having slapped Chris Rock at the last Oscars, the star of King Richard (and winner of the award for that film) wants to continue being part of the industry.
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When Smith gave his speech for winning the Oscar for Best Actor apologized to the Academy, but not to Rock.
Within hours of the event, probably on someone’s advice or genuinely moved, Will publicly apologized to Chris and did a few more things: He resigned from the Academy, said he’ll accept any further punishment and checked into a rehab clinic to deal with stress.
Taking into account Smith’s movements since what happened, it can be interpreted that Will is trying to appease everything that continues to be said about him and to accept quietly, without provoking, responding, or anything, all penalties you may receive.
According to USA Magazine, a source close to the actor assured that “his biggest fear is being in the process of being completely canceled“.
In this regard, your Creative Artists Agency (CAA) agents have probably reassured you, as rumors spread that they would allow you to continue working with them.
In turn, personalities from the industry and his colleagues such as Whoopi Goldberg or Denzel Washington have already come out to support him and suggest that in time his career will continue without problems.
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Will Smith finally decided to respond to the Hollywood Academy