‘Outraged’ Academy Leaders Will Seek ‘Appropriate Action’ for Will Smith Following Oscars Slap

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Whether you watched the Oscars or didn’t, you’ve probably heard by now about the talk of the show: When Will Smith got up on stage and smacked Chris Rock across the face after he made a snide comment about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Jada has been going through some health issues regarding her hair, so the two were quite offended by the comment, which was comparing her to GI Jane.

However, was a slap like that really the best way to go about anger? After all, Rock is a comedian and he told a joke. Could Smith have simply yelled at him from his seat? Did he need to resort to physical violence? Academy leaders say no.

According to a letter sent two days after the Oscars by Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson, the Academy was “upset and outraged” by Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful” moment. Though Rock decided not to press charges against Smith, the letter stated that on behalf of the Academy, action is still being determined.

“As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith,” the letter stated. “As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.”

After the slap, the Academy began an investigation that they said could lead to some severe consequences, including possibly revoking the Oscar that Smith won for leading performance in King Richard shortly after the occurrence.

Smith has since issued a public apology to Rock via Instagram, stating, “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Pinkett Smith’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”

He added, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.”

To hear more about how outraged the Academy is at Smith, check out the video below.

What do you think the consequence for Smith’s actions should be?