Will Smith Resigns From The Academy

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After slapping presenter Chris Rock on stage at last weekend’s Academy Awards, Will Smith announced in a statement Friday that he has resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” Smith said in a statement shared with CNN by his publicist.
Smith’s statement concluded, “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
After the embarrassing episode at Sunday night’s Oscars, The Academy announced on Wednesday that it had “initiated disciplinary proceedings” against Smith.
A board meeting is slated to take place on April 18, at which time, “the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct,” the organization said.
Instead, Smith has willingly left the acclaimed organization of movie stars, directors and producers.
His statement read in full:
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
Friday’s statement was by far Smith’s most contrite take on the matter.
He initially apologized to the Academy during his televised acceptance speech for best actor, about forty minutes after the slap. But in that speech, he did not apologize to Rock.
Smith publicly apologized to Rock the next day via social media.
But he was much more critical of himself on Friday, calling his actions “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”
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26 COMMENTS

      • Stop the hating please,the time for healing is now, what will Smith did was a mistake he realize that and acknowledge that and apologize numerous times,It’s time for Chris rock now to apologize because he hurt a innocent,sick women feelings, anyway, instead of trying to crucify smith let’s pray and encourage peace ,love and healing and unity for everyone in this situation,who on earth is perfect??
        ##enddivision,unity,love,forgiveness##

  1. I cant beleive this is what the world gone to now ,a man stand in front of the world and invite the entire world to laugh at a woman with and her sickness ,and people defending him,yes will smith is wrong to put his hand on him, however ,this goes to shows the problems embarrasment can cause and the reason why we must be mindful and be more sensitive of people emotions and feelings ,I feel it for Will for the Mistake Chris Rock give him reasons to make,and everybody crucifying Smith but making no mention of Smith and his wife emotional impact cause from Chris Joke,he could of find something else to joke about i guess it is all about making money .

  2. He without sin cast the first stone .
    Really people !!
    This too shall pass.
    I feel for what happen to Chris but stop the press .
    What do you want blood . Let them work it out they don’t need help from the peanut gallery . That’s why you shouldn’t put NOBODY on a peatal people make mistakes. Peace out

  3. Chris Rock is the real gentleman here. The oscar,s let Will Smith stay and be rewarded. This is really troubling. Mike

  4. The academy awards have lost so much credibility. Create a movie with that liberal left garbage ideology and I guarantee that you will win best Picture… It’s funny how Hollywood wants to educate us on morality 😝 nowadays.

  5. He should be stripped of everything.
    Do not reward him, he knew what he was doing, now that he showed the world that is how you treat people .. with violence,
    I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth. That there is not love…
    Will Smith you are such a loser,and a fool.

    • Patricia, remember when you did that stupid thing that I won’t remind you of?
      Are you stupud and a loser for that?

  6. Oh well, get over it, he was defending his wife, now if Will was a white man, there would not be all this hype, but once again this is another situation that tries to make a example of a black man doing what he was suppose to do, defend his wife

    • Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol… I can’t stop laughing at the garbage coming out of your mouth. If he was white he would have gotten his academy award stripped….

    • Hey … Jada started all this mess! He only defended her because she gave him the stink eye! She is pure evil and she just destroyed her entire family for nothing!

    • Would you say to your friends and love ones that violence is the ONLY way to resolve problems?… in the name of “defence? Look around you and see what violence it doing to people. In Will’s “defence” for his wife…if he did something so right..why does he feel that way? Everyone has a conscience…and when we do wrong..we would know. It’s not a great feeling.

  7. To Will, talk to your son Jaden. Teach him better. He thinks that’s how you do it. He should know that, that’s how you become a looser! You thought you were right that’s why you celebrated.

  8. Both actions taken were wrong in my book. People should never make fun of one’s sickness neither should one hit another unless in defense of a physical assault. “Those who laugh last, laugh the best”

  9. His violence toward Chris was out of line and inexcusable. By attacking Chris in such a public way, it only succeeded in bringing more attention to Jada and her medical condition. If he had only kept his seat and his composure, that comment would’ve been forgotten moments later. I believe Will Smith is genuinely sorry…sorry for himself and the irreparable damage caused to his public image. The steps he is taking now are for one reason, damage control.

  10. I wonder how James would feel if his Mom. Grandma, Sister were called a Whore? Dude. You are a Complete P. O.S. & You are the weakest Link, GOODBYE

  11. Really sad and shocked he hit Chris and sat there with that stupid look on his face. I was a fan of Will but i can’t see me ever looking up to him ever again. The thought of the humiliating situation Chris was put in is just disturbing. The joke Chris told was not even a joke it was a comment. He compared Jada to Demi Moore. Wow it was really a compliment..You Rock Chris! Thinking of you and wish you the best threw this.

  12. He should also give back his Oscar.
    Inexcusable behaviour. Moments before he reacted he was laughing at the joke.

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