After Hollywood star Will Smith (53) slapped comedian Chris Rock (57) on stage at the 94th Academy Awards, organizers are examining the possible consequences.
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“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at yesterday’s show,” organizers said in a statement Monday. “We have officially started a formal investigation into the incident and will review further procedures and consequences.”
Meanwhile, Smith apologized via Instagram on Monday to Rock, Oscar organizers, viewers and everyone involved in the “King Richard” movie. The incident is embarrassing for him.
“My behavior at the Academy Awards yesterday was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith wrote. “Pranks at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I responded emotionally.”
It was initially unclear what consequences Smith might face. In the American media, for example, there was speculation that he would be excluded from the Oscar academy, but it was considered unlikely that his Oscar would be revoked.
The actor initially does not face any consequences from the police. The comedian Rock did not want to file a complaint, at least for the time being, television station CNN quoted Los Angeles police as saying.
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Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, at the Sunday night show in Los Angeles, prompting Smith to walk onstage and slap the comedian.
He then returned to his seat and yelled two more times in Rock’s direction, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Organizers briefly announced on Twitter that they would not tolerate “any form of violence.”
Rock had previously approached Jada Pinkett Smith: “GI Jane 2 – Can’t wait to see this,” a nod to the GI Jane movie, in which Demi Moore shaves her head as a soldier. Jada Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes at the joke. She has often been outspoken about hair loss caused by disease.
Much debated incident
Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard. In his acceptance speech he seemed to want to justify the scandal. “Richard Williams was a fierce advocate for his family,” he said.
Smith plays the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in the film. Through hard training and perseverance, he allowed his daughters to pursue sports careers.
Smith, 53, said through tears that he wanted to apologize to the film academy and the other nominees. “Art imitates life and I look like the crazy father (…) but love makes you do crazy things”. He hopes that the film academy will invite him back.
The incident was hotly debated on social media. Dancer and judge Motsi Mabuse, known from the RTL program “Let’s Dance”, described it as a “disgrace”.
“Watching Chris Rock make that joke, knowing that this is one of the most prestigious events and that he is belittling a black woman instead of bringing her up in front of her peers, that’s the kind of abuse we need to talk about,” she wrote. . Mabuse (40) on Monday on Instagram. He called Smith’s reaction “disappointing” and “embarrassing.” (dpa)