Everyone has been asking me what Black Westchester thought about the smack heard around the world last Sunday night at the Academy Awards. We sat back and read all the responses, memes and jokes but never putting out anything. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing or seeing something about it.
For those who may have been living under a rock, on Sunday, March 27, 2022, during the live television broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards, actor Will Smith, the then-nominee and eventual winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor, walked onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face as he presented the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Rock made a reference Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith with a joke referencing her shaved head, likening her appearance to Demi Moore in the film G.I. Jane.
Since it seemed to be all over the internet, we felt no need to cover it, but many of you wanted to hear what we thought, so we decided to address it once and for all. Monday, April 4th on the Black Westchester Power Hour, AJ Woodson moderated a Point-CounterPoint session with Damon K. Jones and Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Baskerville who view the incident from different lenses, below is the audio of the show. Check it out and feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section at bottom of the page!
Will Smith has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 1 in a statement where he called his actions at the event “shocking, painful, and inexcusable” and referred to himself as a “work in progress.” He now awaits possible further disciplinary actions from the Academy.
Two Will Smith projects are reportedly on hold following the incident in which he slapped Chris Rock on-stage. They include Bad Boys 4, which reportedly had been in active development, and Fast and Loose – a Netflix movie that was to star Smith as a crime boss who loses his memory.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Leitch was attached to direct Fast and Loose, but left the project one week before the Oscar ceremony. Netflix urgently sought to replace Leitch with a new director, but following the incident at the Oscars, Netflix reportedly put the project on the backburner – at least for the foreseeable future.
Elsewhere, THR reports that Bad Boys 4 is also on pause. The project was said to be moving ahead, with Smith receiving 40 pages of the script, but it is now on hold as events play out. Other projects in pre-production are also reportedly on hold.
Smith’s postponed projects are part of the ongoing fallout from the Oscars incident, which saw Smith approach Rock and slap him after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia, which has resulted in hair loss.
Several people are calling the Smith to be cancelled, but would the punishment fit the crime, what do you think? Now that we had finally addressed the incident, we will now go back to our regularly scheduled program and try to never mention it again!
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