Will Smith announced on Friday that he was resigning his membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and would “fully accept any and all consequences” for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday. According to the Financial Times.
Why it matters: The academy said this week that there is “Disciplinary action” was initiated Against Smith, his actions made headlines around the world. Smith, who won the Best Actor award that night, was slapped by comedian Rock after Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, a self-inflicted disorder that causes hair loss.
What he says: Smith said in a statement that he had “responded directly” to the academy’s disciplinary notice.
- “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and unforgivable,” he said.
- “I have betrayed the trust of the academy. I have missed the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for the extraordinary work of other nominees and winners. I am heartbroken.”
- “I would like to re-focus on those who need to focus on their accomplishments and allow the Academy to regain the incredible work that supports creativity and artistry in film,” he added.
- “Therefore, I resign as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any consequences that the Board deems appropriate.”
Large image: Actor He apologized to Rock on Instagram Earlier this week, the joke was that “I could not bear it, I just got emotional and reacted.”
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