Will Smith May Be ‘Stripped Of Oscar’ After Slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith could be 'stripped of his Oscar' after slapping Chris Rock because of a joke he made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Will Smith may be ‘stripped of his Oscar’ for slapping Chris Rock at the awards ceremony over a joke the comedian made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. 

The 53-year-old, who picked up the award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard, caused a stir when he stormed the stage and warned him to ‘keep his wife’s name out of his mouth’.

A tweet has been issued by the organisers in which it refers to the Standards of Conduct and its disapproval of ‘violence’.

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It reads: “The Academy does not condone violence of any form.

“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”

The Standards of Conduct, which was released in 2017, reportedly states: “In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognised standards of decency.”

It continues: “The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality.”

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Smith apologised for the incident in a tearful acceptance speech for his first-ever nod from the organisation.

He said: “I want to apologise to the Academy, I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees.”

He added: “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me, it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people.

“Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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