The Oscars 2022 Fallout: Will Smith Resigns from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rather than face possible expulsion or suspension, Will Smith has reportedly resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following outcries over his slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars. Will Smith said he decided to resign because he betrayed the academy’s trust and further intimated he would accept any further punishments from the academy or himself. During a recent interview, Will Packer, Oscars producer, admitted that the organisers had hoped to see Will Smith tender apologies to Rock on stage during his acceptance speech. To Mr Packer, the apologies would have minimised the damage, although they would not change the ugly incident. Those anticipated apologies or remorsefulness from Will Smith did not come. There have been divided opinions about the slapping of Chris Rock, with some individuals blaming Rock for making what they saw as an insensitive joke about Jada Smith’s hair. Many people believed Will Smith went too far – and disgracefully low - by slapping Chris Rock on the stage in front of the whole world. But not even the victim of Chris Rock’s joke, Jade Smith, the wife of Will Smith, is spared. Some people blamed the Oscars 2022 scandal on her “manipulative” and “controlling” power over Will Smith, which will make her husband do “crazy things to please his wife Jada”. The blame did not end there. Many castigated the audience at the Oscars, wondering why Will Smith would receive such a thunderous ovation during his award acceptance speech, some minutes after creating one of the most unforgettable and embarrassing moments in the history of the Oscar. Regardless, some have summarised Will Smith’s alleged resignation carefully: It is like a president stepping down before being impeached. It still doesn’t soften the damage. Do you agree with such a conclusion? What do you think about Will Smith’s resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?