After presenting public excuses after the controversial performance last Sunday at the award ceremony for the Oscar Awards, Will Smith announced his resignation as a member of the institution that awards awards to the best of cinema.
“I am resigning my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and I will accept whatever consequences the board deems appropriate,” the actor wrote in the text published by Variety magazine.
“My actions at the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” he advanced.
In the same text, Smith, who at the commented gala won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, based on the life of the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, extended his apologies to a “long list” of “hurt” by his behavior, in which he included “Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and affections, everyone who attended and the global audiences at home”.
On Wednesday, the Hollywood Academy had invited Smith to submit a written statement about his conduct at the Oscars on Sunday, where slapped comedian Chris Rock for a comment about his wife.
The Academy raised the tone in its latest statement, calling Smith’s action “deeply shocking and traumatic to witness in person and on television.”
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken,” the actor acknowledged in the statement.
After the incident, Smith returned to the stage but this time to receive the award. Between tears he assured he apologized to the Academy and assured that “art imitates life, I look like the crazy father as they said of Mr. Williams. Love makes you do crazy things.”
What sparked the most controversial moment of the ceremony was a comment by Chris Rock in which he said that Jada Pinkett, Will Smith’s wife, looked like GI Jane 2 because of the haircut. GI Jane was the movie where Demi Moore was in the military and shaves her head.