Will Smith Banned from Academy Events for a Decade

Will SmithCredit: The Academy
Will Smith will not be allowed to participate in Academy events for a decade. 

In an unprecedented move, the Academy has banned Will Smith from events for the next 10 years.

This decision comes after the surprising confrontation between Smith and comedian Chris Rock during the recent Academy Awards telecast.

Smith has accepted his punishment. In a statement, he said, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

But this is a huge deal. It has never happened before. The Academy released a full statement, which you can read below. 

"The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers, and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short—unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.

This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

Thank you..."

We covered the slap and the aftermath. I had assumed both sides would agree on something punitive, but this marks a change for the Academy. Many online are decrying the decision, given that this is the same Academy that has ignored and celebrated other problematic figures in Hollywood.

But maybe the Academy is turning over a new leaf. 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.      

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If I understand it right he can still be nominated? If they were to truly ban him, or say a movie where he is a producer, that could have been a hard economic slap in the face.

April 10, 2022 at 4:36AM, Edited April 10, 4:36AM

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I’m against the slap and will’s simping but banning movies is a bit overboard if you want a reputation of merit based nominations.
He’s married to a witch, and f-ed up. Sh!t happens.

April 10, 2022 at 12:05PM

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cee dee
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You said it: a reputation of merit based nomination.

I know it would be overboard and all, easiest would be if Chris Rock pressed charges. I mean, the Oscars have enough troubles just being the Oscars. Let the po-po do it's thing.

April 15, 2022 at 1:49PM

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The fact that the Academy has insituted a penalty against Will Smith does not necessary mean that cracking a joke about Jada's 'disability' is okay. The silence of the Academy in not addressing the behavior of Chris Rock-making fun of somebody's disabilty (Jada) while the person is in the audience-is an indication it is appropriate to make parody of someone else's pain or trauma. The entertainment industy is sending a wrong message to the world by their silence on the other side. Is this what we want our children to portray to our children?

So, now it is alright to makebut this does not mean it is okay to make fun of the disability or illness (in this case-Jada

April 15, 2022 at 1:58PM

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It's not like she is retarded? Jada is a grown ass woman capable of speaking for herself. She is also allowed to be quiet if she wants too. Her power, her choice.

April 15, 2022 at 2:35PM

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