Additionally, sources close to Jada Pinkett Smith explain that he “didn’t need any protection” and they both agree that everything was exaggerated.
The Film Academy has ruled on Will Smith’s resounding slap in the face of Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards held on March 27, 2022, concluding that he will be banned from attending another gala for 10 years.
The Board has decided that for a period of 10 years, beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy event or program, either in person or virtually. Explains AMPAS President David Rubin in a letter to members of the organization. “The Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year. However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
The statement from the Academy’s Board of Trustees also contained words of gratitude to Chris Rock “for keeping his cool under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their blood- cold during our broadcast.
Faced with such news, Will Smith also wanted to issue another brief statement after learning that he is now banned from participating in the Oscars for 10 years:
I accept and respect the decision of the Academy
The Academy’s punishment for Smith’s slap in the face of Rock comes just a week after The Method actor Williams declined Academy membership and therefore couldn’t vote in any category of the awards. What is clear is that the Council did not finally remove the Oscar, something that has been running around for all these days.
“She didn’t need to do what she did, she doesn’t need to be protected”
The aftermath of Will Smith’s televised slap in the face of Chris Rock continues to give cause for discussion. After The Sun claimed the actor entered a rehab clinic due to the stress he’s under from what he did at the Oscars, now sources close to Smith and Jada Pinkett, collected by US Weekly claim they both agree that it was all an exaggeration.
She is not one of those women who needs to be protected. She didn’t need to do what she did. She doesn’t need to be protected. She’s a strong woman, a woman with an opinion and she can fight her own battles. […] It was he who exaggerated. He knows it, she knows it. They agree he overdid it
There has been no confirmation of any such statements from The Williams Method actress or actor. What Jada Pinkett did was post an image along with this text on her official Instagram account:
It’s a healing season and I’m here for it