WILL Smith could be asked to return his first-ever Oscar for violating the academy’s code of conduct after fans demanded he have the award stripped.
The star won Best Actor for his leading role in King Richard shortly after beating Chris Rock, who made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Fans have been urging the Fresh Prince star to return his award after his outburst violated the Oscars’ code of conduct, written in the wake of the MeToo movement, which in 2017 emphasized the importance of “upholding academy values” and “respecting.” people” emphasized dignity.”
One responded on Twitter: “Imagine if that was anyone but Will Smith.
“They would have been pulled so quickly. But we’re not normalizing attacks in 2022. No special treatment. Remove him #Oscars”
A Hollywood source also told the NY Post that Smith’s gong could be taken away.
They said, “It’s basically an attack.
“Everyone was so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable.
“I don’t think Will would want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”
Smith took the stage following the ex-SNL comedian’s joke about alopecia sufferer Pinkett Smith’s cropped haircut.
But just before his outburst, Smith was seen giggling at Rock’s remarks.
Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” which caused the actress to roll her eyes.
However, Smith then went on stage and appeared to smack Rock before returning to his seat and angrily shouting twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
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Another tweeted: “Clearly Chris Rock is the better man here. The academy should strip Smith of the Oscar and ban him from ever attending the event again.
“This is outrageous behavior and destroys what used to be a noble affair. Shame on Will Smith.”
Another wrote: “One attack on a live international broadcast should be enough to strip someone of their Oscar.”
Others called for Smith’s arrest, with one fan asking: “The #Oscars don’t have cops? How do you attack someone on national TV and go back to their seat?”
Another tweeted: “If it’s not staged then it’s an attack. No excuses. Just because Will Smith is rich and famous can he be above the law? Imagine the outrage when a random guy smacks Chris Rock during the performance.”
However, some defended Smith, citing previous Oscar winners who had served time in prison.
One person said: “Suuuure, let’s make an example of the black man. Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein, among so many others, have been found guilty of sexual assault, so why do they still have their Academy Awards?”
The Los Angeles Police Department said it was “aware” of the incident in which “one person hit another” but that “the person involved declined to file a police report.”
After the gala ended, the academy tweeted that it “does not condone any form of violence” without directly referring to the incident.
Pinkett Smith, who is also an actress, suffers from alopecia and publicly announced her diagnosis in 2018.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, who was in attendance, a tearful Smith had to be “pulled aside and comforted” by fellow actors Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during a commercial break.
Smith, 53, alluded to the messy incident in his acceptance speech for the best actor he won for his role as the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
With tears streaming down his cheeks, Smith said that “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family” and that “art imitates life.”
“I look like the crazy dad, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things,” he added.
“I hope the academy invites me back,” Smith said after apologizing to event organizers and his fellow contestants.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/4991088/oscar-will-smith-win-slapping-chris-rock/ Angry Oscar fans are all saying the same thing about Will Smith’s victory after beating Chris Rock on live TV.