On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Will Smith's fate for slapping comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars in March.
The verdict is: Smith is banned from the Awards for the next ten years.
"The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards," said Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.
After the announcement, many people began blasting the Academy for banning Smith but still allowing child rapists and pedophiles to attend.
English broadcaster and television personality Piers Morgan tweeted, "Will Smith banned by the Hollywood Academy, 12 days after he slapped Chris Rock. It took the same Academy 40 years to ban Roman Polanski after he was convicted of raping a child."
BREAKING: Will Smith banned by the Hollywood Academy, 12 days after he slapped Chris Rock.
It took the same Academy 40 years to ban Roman Polanski after he was convicted of raping a child.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2022
Another user wrote, "Academy banned Will Smith for 10 years, but not: Kevin Spacey Harvey Weinstein Casey Affleck Woody Allen Mel Gibson Roman Polanski James Franco James Toback Dustin Hoffman And there are allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Dreyfuss, James Woods, and Ansel Elgort."
Academy banned Will Smith for 10 years, but not:
— Paul Dawkins (@Paul__Dawkins) April 8, 2022
One person tweeted, "It's crazy how they're doing more to punish will smith than they did to any hollywood predator."
it's crazy how they're doing more to punish will smith than they did to any hollywood predator https://t.co/twms3JNxkT
— inabber 🦦 (@iNabber69) April 8, 2022
"Will Smith being banned from the Oscars for 10 years is astounding. They really kept giving awards to known sexual abusers and pedophiles, but a slap is really where they’re going to start banning people," wrote user Natalie Dallas.
Will Smith being banned from the Oscars for 10 years is astounding. They really kept giving awards to known sexual abusers and pedophiles, but a slap is really where they’re going to start banning people.
— Natalie Dallas (@DallasasinTexas) April 8, 2022
Here are some more tweets blasting the awards for ignoring the predators in the room:
will smith is banned for 10 years but the academy is mute on actual predators and abusers. pic.twitter.com/nES3XqBHkh
— ᴅᴀᴍᴀɴɪ ɪᴍᴀɴ (@thotimus_primee) April 8, 2022
They banned Will Smith for 10 years?! How long are Harvey Weinstein and Mel Gibson banned for? https://t.co/wVOlabctKy
— Frederick "Pre-order Patriarchy Blues" Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 8, 2022
Will Smith banned for 10 years but not the multiple predators and offenders that have won multiple Oscar’s ?
— Oliver Klozoff (@gardenpanty) April 8, 2022
So....pedos, sexual assaulters, and actors with allegations....they can stay. But Will Smith does a slap and he's banned for 10 years? Sure.....
I don't condone violence and I think that Will shouldn't have slapped Chris Rock, but this is ridiculous. https://t.co/5l6UUNItv4
— Zaid (@jewelzaid1998) April 8, 2022
will smith being banned from the Oscars for 10 YEARS for slapping a man who disrespected his wife is crazy when in the same breath they’ll allow rapists, child predators, racists, and abusers in just fine.
The Academy is a sick joke and they have the racism to show for it.
— Ezra 💤 ☿𖧵⁷ (@TSUKIIFAIRY) April 8, 2022
will smith getting banned from the Oscars for 10 years pic.twitter.com/M0lsJGUOGx
— Wolfman//Jack is Behind Some Of You (Woah!) (@Jack_S_Wolfman) April 8, 2022
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