Actor Will Smith is banned from all Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events for the next 10 years due to slapping comedian Chris Rock
Starting April 8th, the “Best Actor” winner, Will Smith, will be banned for ten years from attending any and all Academy events both virtually and in person. This decision comes a mere week after Smith’s decision to resign in shame from the Academy.
Although the actor has both resigned and now been officially banned from attendance, he is still able to be nominated for awards in future events–and even potentially win them.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson announced this decision in a letter in which they also apologized for not “adequately address the situation in the room,” and thanks Chris Rock for “maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”
The infamous slap, which took place at the 2022 Oscar’s after Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife’s bald head, has not only caused Will Smith to be banned from future events, but has also harmed public perception of the actor–lowering his approval rating in the public eye from 80% to 50% according to a Morning Consult Poll.