This is the controversy of recent days. During the 94th Academy Awards, which took place on March 27, 2022, Will Smith reacted badly to a joke about his wife made by comedian Chris Rock. The latter made fun of the very short haircut of the latter, except that he did not know that she suffered from a disease which made her lose her hair. The actor then went on stage and violently slapped the comedian. A few minutes later, he went on stage, this time, to receive his first Oscar in the category of best actor. Only, his reward did not make us forget the gesture he had had towards Chris Rock. Since then, reactions and comments have been numerous.

He therefore decided to make a big decision, as he announced in a press release, Friday, April 1, 2022. “My actions during the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable”, he wrote at first before continuing: “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone who was in the public or at home”. Thus, he announced to resign from his position as a member of the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences.

Will Smith may have anticipated Academy sanction

“I will accept any consequences the board deems appropriate,” he said. By making this decision, the famous 53-year-old actor may have anticipated the sanction that the Academy would have imposed on him. Indeed, he risked his suspension or his exclusion, which has nearly 10,000 members.

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