Slapping MC made millions of people stir, Will Smith had to “pay a heavy price” like this

After a series of long-lasting controversies surrounding Will Smith’s slap to Chris Rock right on the live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, on April 8 (Vietnam time), the board of governors of the Academy of Sciences and The American Academy of Cinema Arts (referred to as the Academy) has made the decision to ban Will Smith from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years.

The Board has determined that, for a period of 10 years commencing April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy event or program, in person or virtually, including but not limited to: is not limited to the Academy Awards,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

In response to the above decision, Will Smith responded frankly: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

“The 94th Academy Awards are about honoring the many individuals in our community who have worked so hard over the past year. However, those moments were overshadowed by the damaging and unacceptable behavior Mr. Smith displayed on stage,” the Academy added and hopes this will be a decision to set an example let guests, viewers and Academy families around the world know and do it right.

Also according to CNN, this decision means that Will Smith will no longer be a member of the Academy’s voting body, but he can still be nominated despite being banned from attending the Oscars. The Academy’s leadership also decided to keep the golden statue awarded to Will Smith for the role of the father in “King Richard”, instead of withdrawing it like some previous speculations.

At the same time, the Academy also sent a big thank you to Chris Rock: “We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure during extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to Thank you to our hosts, nominees, award presenters and winners for their poise and grace throughout our telecast.”

Previously, this event “shocked” public opinion throughout the United States in particular and art lovers around the world in general. A lot of mixed opinions “erupted”, after which Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock, the producers, nominees and Oscar viewers. Recently (April 1) Will Smith decided to resign as a member of the American Academy of Motion Pictures and accept all disciplinary actions. Academy President David Rubin responded: “We accept Mr. Will Smith’s resignation. We will continue to conduct disciplinary proceedings with Mr. Smith for violating the Academy’s standards of conduct.” and announced before the council meeting on April 18″.

Will Smith’s next film telling the story of a man escaping slavery called “Emancipation” is expected to be released later this year.