TComedian Chris Rock’s aggression at the hands of actor Will Smith during the Oscars will have repercussions that could escalate in the coming days.
The fact that the live broadcast of the most representative event associated with American cinema was tainted with violence will not go unpunished.
In a statement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences warned that it would carefully review Smith’s slap, which despite winning the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard, does not exonerate him because he forgot the rules of etiquette, and although his wife was offended by Rock, the conflict could have been settled in a more cordial way.
“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions on yesterday’s show. We have officially initiated a formal review of the incident and will study further actions and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law, ”the document says. .
In addition to taking the stage to slap 57-year-old Rock, Smith, 53, continued to hurl insults at him as soon as he returned to his seat, which was caught on television.
“Get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Will yelled in a scene rarely seen.
Fact without complaint
When asked about the abuse that Chris Rock was subjected to, he denied the possibility of filing a complaint against Will.
“It was the best evening in the history of television,” he used this phrase to mask a bad episode he experienced at the gala evening.
For its part, the Los Angeles Police Department acknowledged that it was aware of the incident, but since it was not officially reported, they did not take action.
“This was an incident between two people during the Oscars,” the report said.
In 2018, the Academy voted to expel actor Bill Cosby as well as strip director Roman Polanski of his membership, in both cases alleging that they violated the code of conduct.