Five days after Will Smith shocked the world by slapping comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Oscars; following Rock making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Will Smith has announced his resignation from the Motion Picture Academy.
Will wrote the following to the Academy’s disciplinary committee … “I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.
He goes on … “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”
And, there’s more … “I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the board deems appropriate.”
He concludes by saying … “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
The Academy is expected to hand down its disciplinary decision in a few weeks.