The Academy Awards this Friday, April 8th. After deliberation, it was decided that Will Smith will no longer be able to set foot in a ceremony for ten years, as AFP has revealed. This decision was made as a result of the huge buzz caused by the slap given by the actor to Chris Rock live in the evening of March 28 last. The master of ceremonies had dared to joke about alopecia Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith, in front of the whole assembly, attracting the thunderbolts of the actor yet sacred best actor at the end of the evening. Will Smith had then risen and slapped Chris Rock before returning to his seat to forbid him from speaking ill of his wife.
Aware that his behavior was far from exemplary, Will Smith had spoken out on Instagram the next day for apologize to Chris Rock : “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too heavy for me to bear, and I reacted with emotion. I’d like to apologize publicly, Chris. I was wrong […] My actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”