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People React To Will Smith’s 10-Year Oscar Ban

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Others famous that the Academy has not shunned Mel Gibson, who has received two Oscars, regardless of dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism and home violence. Some additionally noticed that Casey Affleck, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of girls, received an Oscar for Finest Actor in 2017.

Folks highlighted how fast the Academy was to ban Smith for a slap, criticizing how lengthy it took them to expel disgraced celebrities akin to Invoice Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Roman Polanski who had lengthy confronted accusations of sexual assault.

After banning Weinstein in 2017, and Cosby and Polanski in 2018, the Academy provided Polanski’s spouse, Emmanuelle Seigner, an invite to join the group in 2018 (which she rejected).

TikTok consumer Sharika Soal posted a viral take, accusing Hollywood of permitting white celebrities to construct careers with out penalties.

“I don’t know if it’s racism or classism, nevertheless it’s so blatant and onerous to course of,” Soal advised BuzzFeed Information. As a survivor of sexual assault by an adopted father, she mentioned that the Academy’s lack of motion towards administrators like Woody Allen — who married his adopted daughter — disgusted her.

“How will you punish a person for slapping somebody onstage in an interpersonal confrontation when there are entire TV productions glorifying violence, after which there are males like Woody Allen who’re literal pedophiles?” she mentioned. “I don’t perceive it.”

Dr. Courtney Baker, an African American research and movie professor on the College of California Riverside, believes that the dissonance between the Academy’s disciplinary actions in direction of Smith versus others comes right down to the truth that the slap was televised.

“The best situation for the Academy is that [the slap] occurred on digicam,” Baker advised BuzzFeed Information. “There was assault, actions which had been extra profoundly harmful, damaging, and repeated, however had the good thing about not taking place in public and on digicam at an occasion run by the Movement Image Arts and Sciences. That’s the driving drive behind the 10-year ban greater than the rest.”

However on-line customers shared different situations of inappropriate conduct that occurred onstage throughout televised award ceremonies. Adrien Brody didn’t face the Academy’s warmth when he grabbed and kissed Halle Berry with out her consent whereas accepting his 2003 Oscar for Finest Actor. Berry later described her solely thought in that second as, “What the fuck is going on?”