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Will Smith Banned from Oscars for 10 Years after Chris Rock Slap But These Memes Hit Hard

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Last Updated: April 09, 2022, 10:13 IST

Will has released a statement on the matter accepting the ruling. (Photo: Reuters)

Will has released a statement on the matter accepting the ruling. (Photo: Reuters)

Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock and the memes have started once again.

Will Smith has been banned by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences from attending the Oscars for 10 years after the Oscars incident where he slapped Chris Rock. The Academy arrived at the decision on Friday after its Board of Governors held a meeting on what punishment was in order after the infamous “slapgate” incident. From the moment it went down at the Oscars, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock inspired a slew of memes, no matter which side of the debate one was on. While some said violence could not be condoned under any circumstance, others were in support of Will over Chris’ “tasteless” joke at the cost of Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. Now, Will getting banned has once again brought on the memes that had only barely begun to die down.

However, many were not enthused with the Academy’s decision, as they suggested that it may have been disproportionately harsh and that not the same measure was applied on certain others.

Will has released a statement on the matter accepting the ruling. In one sentence statement, obtained by Comic Book.com, Will wrote: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.” He had also earlier publicly apologised to Chris Rock for slapping the comedian onstage during the live Oscars 2022, saying his behaviour was “unacceptable”. Will had taken to Instagram to pen a lengthy note in which he also apologised to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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first published:April 09, 2022, 10:13 IST
last updated:April 09, 2022, 10:13 IST