actor will smith tendered his resignation from the Hollywood Academy, which awards the Oscars, after slapping comedian Chris Rock during Sunday’s ceremony. Smith assured that he will accept any future sanctions that the organization imposes on him.
“I renounce my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequence that the Board deems appropriate,” the actor wrote in a statement published by the specialized magazine “Variety.” In his letter, the famous interpreter cataloged his actions as “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
“I betrayed the trust of the academy. I prevented other nominees and winners from having the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work, ”says the statement from him. “I am heartbroken and I want to shine a spotlight on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and mastery in the art of filmmaking,” added the Oscar-winning actor for best actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams.
“Change takes time and I am committed to working to ensure that I never again allow violence to override reason,” Smith concluded in the statement.
The Academy accepts the resignation
On Wednesday, the Academy maintained that the actor faced suspension or expulsion, among other consequences. At the moment the entity has not expressed itself on the possibility of withdrawing the only Oscar received throughout his career.
David Rubin, the organization’s president, said they accepted Smith’s resignation. For his part, he indicated that the disciplinary process against him will continue. According to the manager, Smith may have violated the Oscars Rules of Conduct. This will be evaluated at a meeting of his board of directors on April 18.
What happened at the ceremony?
Actor Chris Rock was one of the guest presenters at the Oscars On Sunday night, in his humorous speech when presenting the award category for “Best Documentary,” he received a slap in the face from actor Will Smith.
The comedian joked by saying “Jada, I can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” referring to GI Jane, the 1997 film for which actress Demi Moore shaved her head to play Jordan O’Neil, a comment Smith took off the mark, his reaction was to go up on stage and slap Rock across the face, demanding that he not talk about his wife.
After the great scandal, the Academy assured the following in a statement: “We asked Mr. Smith to leave the ceremony and he refused, but we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.”
We still do not know the actions that the Academy is going to execute, but we value Will Smith’s act of accepting his mistake, throughout his career he has been one of the public’s favorite actors, his first Oscar award confirms his commitment to his job.
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Will Smith resigns from the Hollywood Academy after beating Chris Rock