On Friday night, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts stated that Will Smith would be banned from all of its events, including the annual Oscars ceremony. Will has replied to the ban since then, respecting the Academy’s judgment. His fans, on the other hand, think it’s too harsh.
Many people rushed to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction. Some even referred to it as racist, noting examples of other, white performers who have yet to be penalized by the Academy for their bad behavior. The focus of the criticism is on those Oscar winners and nominees who were permitted to attend the event despite allegations, as well as those who have been found guilty of a crime.
Academy banned Will Smith for 10 years, but not:— Paul Dawkins (@Paul__Dawkins) April 8, 2022
And there are allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Dreyfuss, James Woods, and Ansel Elgort. #Oscars https://t.co/iu6SXSnOoT
Public Demands Ban on Others too!
This 10-year ban on Will Smith’s entry was imposed keeping in the mind Smith’s behavior at the 94th Academy Awards. Will Smith aggressively boarded the stage and slapped Chris Rock since the latter was making jokes about Smith’s wife Jada. However, legit 10 minutes after the incident Smith garnered the Best Actor award for King Richard.
AMPAS’ decision is being highly criticized by the general public in the name of racism and whatnot. Some viewers believe that past Oscar winners, such as Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski, were not punished harshly enough.
BREAKING: Will Smith banned by the Hollywood Academy, 12 days after he slapped Chris Rock.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2022
It took the same Academy 40 years to ban Roman Polanski after he was convicted of raping a child.
Polanski received the Academy Award for Best Director for The Pianist in 2003, 26 years after he was arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child and rape by means of drugs against a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles. According to one Twitter user, neither he nor Weinstein—who was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York after being found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree rape, and who has been accused of sexual assault by numerous women, had their Academy Awards withdrawn.
Just a reminder that Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski never had their Oscars rescinded, John Wayne was never expelled, and the Academy never apologized to Hattie McDaniel.— Rieve (@RieveAlavaix) April 2, 2022
Just in case anyone was looking at the Academy as some moral beacon.