LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it condemns Will Smith’s performance during Sunday night’s Oscars and it will launch a formal review of his slap from presenter Chris Rock.
In a statement Monday, the film academy said it would also “investigate further actions and consequences in accordance with our Regulations, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
Smith stunned the Dolby Theater crowd and viewers at home as he stood on stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock turned to Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife, and said, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2’, can not wait to see it.
The joke got on my nerves. Pinkett Smith, whose head was shaved, spoke publicly about her alopecia diagnosis. Rock has also mocked her before. Rock hosted the 2016 Oscars, when some boycotted the ceremony over the #OscarsSoWhite group nominees, including the Smiths. Said Rock: “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I was not invited. “
Smith walked onto the stage and slapped Rock across the face. Back in his seat, Smith twice yelled at Rock to “get my wife’s name out of your mouth.” His words resounded clearly through the Dolby, though ABC cut off the sound for about 15 seconds. Within an hour, Smith had won the best actor. Smith apologized to the academy during his acceptance speech.
After the program on Sunday night, the academy issued a statement condemning violence. Some academy members, such as author-producer Marshall Herskovitz, have called for the academy to take disciplinary action against Smith.
“He shamed our entire community tonight,” Herskovitz wrote on Twitter.
Whoopi Goldberg, a member of the Academy’s board of governors, said on “The View” on Monday: “We are not going to take that Oscar from him. There will be consequences, I’m sure. “