SAG slams Will Smith’s Oscar night slap

The Display screen Actor’s Guild on Monday night time slammed Will Smith’s Oscar night time slap involving Chris Rock, calling the outburst “unacceptable” and vowing to take motion towards the “King Richard” star.

“Because the union representing presenters and different performers engaged on the Oscars, SAG-AFTRA is targeted on guaranteeing our members at all times work in a protected setting,” SAG-AFTRA (Display screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists) mentioned in a statement posted online.

“Violence or bodily abuse within the office isn’t acceptable and the union condemns any such conduct. The incident involving Will Smith and Chris Rock eventually night time’s Academy was unacceptable.”

SAG-AFTRA added that they don’t upon any pending disciplinary technique of their members.

“We have now been involved with the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and ABC about this incident and can work to make sure this conduct is appropriately addressed.”

Will Smith and Chris Rock
Many viewers thought the altercation was staged, solely to seek out out it was actual.
AFP through Getty Photographs
Chris Rock
Rock accommodates his composure after Smith’s televised slap to his face.

The motion by SAG got here after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened a “formal overview” into the assault, which befell after Rock cracked a joke about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith,” the assertion learn. 

“We have now formally began a proper overview across the incident and can discover additional motion and penalties in accordance with our Bylaws, Requirements of Conduct and California legislation.” 

Earlier on Monday, the officers of the AMPAS’ board of governors, together with bigwigs like President David Rubin and CEO Daybreak Hudson, convened an emergency cellphone name Monday morning to debate the viral incident, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  

Whereas presenting at Hollywood’s greatest night time, Rock cracked a controversial joke about Pinkett Smith’s baldness, referring to her as “G.I. Jane” — and prompting Smith, 53, to cost up the stage and smack the comic throughout the face. 

“Will Smith simply smacked the s–t out of me,” a surprised Rock, 57, remarked to the viewers as he regained his composure. 

As he returned to his seat, Smith shouted at Rock, “Preserve my spouse’s title out your f—king mouth.”

Pinkett Smith, 50, suffers from the autoimmune illness alopecia, which causes hair loss. 


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