Social media reacts to Will Smith banned from Oscars and Academy events for 10 years

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars and all other Academy events for 10 years.

“Today the Board of Governors called a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation,” reads a letter to Academy members from President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson. “The Board has determined, for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, that Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including, but without s ‘limited to it, the Oscars.’

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his cool under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our TV show.David Rubin, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CEO Dawn Hudson

A statement from Smith in response to the Academy’s decision reads, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

The decision did not indicate that Smith would get his Oscar for best actor, for his role in King Richard, was taken away from him. It came after weeks of extensive debate over Smith’s actions and the appropriate consequences, in the particular circumstances of the awards show.

People have taken to social media to respond to the consequences the actor faces for slapping Rock at the Oscars, with many highlighting other celebrities, like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Mel Gibson, who they say should also be banned from Academy events.

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