In the end it was he who took the (first) step back: after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars for a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett’s alopecia, Will Smith resigned from the Academy. “I made a mistake shocking, painful and unforgivable actions», The actor said in a statement. “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 audience or at home. I resign as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences e I will accept any consequences that the board of directors deems appropriate“.
Yes, because his gesture will still have consequences, and the Academy has pointed out this: by accepting his resignation, he made it known that “Will continue to go on” with “Disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for breach of standards of conduct”. The date on which the final decision will be announced is April 18: day on which the board meeting is scheduled.
The measure could be more or less severe: the Academy’s code of conduct, tightened after the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo, includes measures such as public or private warnings, temporary or permanent loss of the privilege of being able to participate in events and activities reserved for its members (who are actors, directors, producers), to fill roles within it, as well as of receive awards. Hypothesis, the latter, which for many is the most probable: for Smith it would mean – to begin with – the loss of the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role he just won for King Richard.
What is certain is that everyone expected Will Smith’s resignation: the apologies he made immediately afterwards were not enough, because thehis slap deeply rocked Hollywood (and not only). There tension continues to rise even because new backstories are revealed every day: in an exclusive interview with the show Good Morning America Oscar producer Will Packer just said that the LAPD were ready to take the stage after the assault, and that if Smith did not end up in handcuffs it is precisely because of Chris Rockwho did not want him to be removed from the theater, nor did he want to report him.
Source: Vanity Fair
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