Last month, Smith shocked the Oscars’ in-person audience and those watching the event live around the world when he slapped presenter comedian and presenter Chris Rock onstage.
The reason for Smith’s assault was a joke Rock had cracked moments before about the former’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. In the joke, Rock said while referring to Jada, “G.I. Jane 2. Can’t wait to see it.”
1997’s G.I. Jane, a war drama, had Demi Moore playing the role of the (fictional) first female Navy Seal who shaved her head. The joke was ridiculing fun of Jada’s lack of hair due to a condition called alopecia.
Minutes after the slap, Smith was awarded an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his performance in King Richard. He apologised for his behaviour in his speech and later through a social media statement. As a consequence for his actions, the Academy banned him from Oscars and other Academy events for 10 years.