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Jada Pinkett Smith Makes First Public Appearance Since Will Smith’s Oscars Slap

 

Jada Pinkett Smith looked glittering in gold on Saturday evening as she made her first public outing since her husband Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

The actress boosted her sophisticated frame with a pair of killer gold heels which were the perfect complementation to her look.

Jada was later seen concealing her striking gown with a thick white dressing gown as she watched the night unfold from the crowd.

Saturday night’s event celebrated the opening of Bridgerton producer Shonda Rhimes ‘ latest project, The Rhimes Performing Arts Centre.

The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. 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.

We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.

This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

The new facility includes a fly aerial studio named for Jada and Will Smith and is open to students aged 8 and older, teaching teach classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Dunham, Tap and Musical Theatre.

Jada’s husband Will, 53, has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years for slapping comedian Chris, but will be allowed to keep his award for Best Actor.

In a statement, the Academy blasted the actor’s ‘unacceptable’ and ‘harmful’ behaviour that ‘overshadowed’ the entire evening.

‘During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

‘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.

‘We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.’

In a statement on Friday afternoon after the decision was reached, Will told Deadline: ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.’

He had already resigned from the Academy last Friday, taking the decision out of their hands to rescind his membership as it did with Harvey Weinstein. Jada will still be allowed to attend in-person events.

The 54-person Board of Governors met on Friday morning after furious debate between its 9,000 members raged over the last 12 days in hundreds of WhatsApp groups.

The slap divided Hollywood and the public, with some insisting he should be stripped of his Oscar and not be rewarded for violence while others said dismissed it and mocked it on social media.

After the slap, the Fresh Prince returned to his seat and screamed, ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth.’

He then won the Oscar for Best Actor in his role as Richard Williams, in the film King Richard. He used his speech to apologise to the Academy and to Chris , and he later posted an apology on Instagram.

Chris has kept quiet on the issue, speaking out only to say he was ‘processing’ what happened.

Credit: DailyMail

 

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