Academy bans Will Smith from awards show for 10 years following Chris Rock assault

In the wake of the “slap seen around the world,” actor Will Smith, who violently assaulted Oscars host and comedian Chris Rock on live television during the awards show, found out his punishment this week.

According to Breitbart, while many guessed that Smith would possibly lose his “Best Actor” trophy, the 54-member board of governors for the Oscars decided that instead, he’ll have to suffer a 10-year ban from appearing at the annual awards show. 

The ban also includes any Acadamey-sanctioned events.

Smith’s punishment came nearly two weeks after the shocking scene unfolded on television sets around the world.

Apologies all around

A number of apologies were flying around shortly after the incident, with Smith apologizing to the Academy while he accepted his award, though failing to apologize to the man that he assaulted on stage.

Smith would later go on to write a public apology to Rock.

The Academy also apologized for its extremely poor handling of the situation, citing an “unprecedented” situation.

“During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry,” the Academy said. “This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”


To be expected, social media blew up upon the announcement of Smith’s decade-long ban, with many contrasting the quick action taken against Smith to a number of actors and directors who’d engaged in much more disturbing behavior.

Not surprisingly, many suggested that Smith’s ban was due to the color of his skin.

It should be noted that while Smith is banned for 10 years, he’s still eligible to be nominated for, and win, Oscar awards — he simply can’t attend the actual awards ceremony.

Whether his punishment was enough — or too much — will likely be debated for some time. Meanwhile, the best news is that the media will return to issues that actually affect us all, and not focus on the silly antics of Hollywood elitists.

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