The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 30 March to discuss Will Smith’s fate following the dramatic Oscar Awards on Sunday 27 March. This comes after Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
According to a leaked letter obtained by CNN, the members of the Academy said they were “outraged” by the incident and are working on determining “appropriate action” for Smith.
Moments after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock across the face, Rock said: “Will Smith just slapped the sh*t out of me”. Smith then proceeded to shout: “Keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth” from his seat.
In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy condemned Will Smith’s actions.
“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.”
As per CNN, Academy President David Rubin and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dawn Hudson say determining “appropriate action” for Will Smith could take weeks.
Rubin and Hudson’s leaked letter also mentions that the incident will be conducted in a matter that is “expedient” and that respects those involved while maintaining the Academy’s standards.
Taking to Instagram on 30 March, Amy Schumer said she was “still triggered and traumatised” by the incident. She also expressed her support for her friend Chris Rock and says he handled the incident “like a pro”.
“Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend Quest Love and the whole thing was so disturbing,” wrote Schumer.
“So much pain in Will Smith anyway, I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”