Academy Launches ‘Formal Review’ on Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on March 28 that it is launching a “formal review” into actor Will Smith’s controversial actions at the 2022 Oscars.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,” the Academy said in a statement.

“We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,” the Academy further said.

It is unclear what type of punishment the Academy could impose on Smith, but actress Whoopi Goldberg, who serves the Academy’s Board of Directors, said that they would not take away Smith’s Oscar.

The review came following an intense public debate about whether Smith’s actions were justified.

The confrontation occurred after Chris Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during the award presentation for best documentary feature.

Rock joked about Jada starring in a sequel to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” seemingly refer to her shaved head.

Since 2018, Jada has been open about having alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.

In response, Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock in the face, then yelled twice at Rock after returning to his seat.

In a social media post on March 28 afternoon, Smith issued an apology to Rock, calling his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

“Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith said.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong,” Smith further said.

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