Will Smith has been constantly being subjected to memes and jokes after his outburst at the Oscars. It’s an otherwise intense matter, which has led to quite a lot of discourse on whether what Will Smith did was right or not. So far, there is constant polarization, as celebrities have spoken both in the favor of the actor, and against him.

Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke at the expense of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He then apologized to the comedian, and went on to resign from the Academy. While Jada Pinkett Smith signaled that she was willing to leave the incident behind, Smith’s resignation has complicated matters.

According to Variety, The Academy Board of Governors decided a date for the judgment of Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars. While the Academy initially had to give Smith 15 days prior to the meeting in order for him to craft a statement, Smith’s apology and resignation already reveal his stance on the matter.

Dear Fellow Governors,

I am calling a board meeting for this Friday morning, April 8, at 9:00 am PT, rather than the previously scheduled April 18 meeting, to address possible sanctions for Will Smith in response to his actions during the Oscars broadcast on March 27.

The April 18 date was set in accordance with California law and our Standards of Conduct because our agenda included possible suspension or expulsion of Mr. Smith from membership. We were required to provide Mr. Smith notice 15 days prior to the board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also give him the opportunity to provide the board a written statement no less than five days prior to that meeting.

Following Mr. Smith’s resignation of his Academy membership on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies.

It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion.

Thank you for arranging to assemble on Friday morning at 9:00 am PT. Zoom details will follow soon.


Will Smith also cannot be expelled or removed from the Academy, as he has already taken the back seat. Multiple projects featuring the star have hit the breaks indefinitely, including an upcoming Netflix project.

The Oscars incident is one of its kind, as the Academy has never previously decided the fate of someone who committed the act of assaulting the host. The Academy has the challenge of adequately punishing the star. It is possible that his Oscar from King Richard may get rescinded, which has never happened in the history of the Oscars.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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