ASAP Rocky is not siding with Will Smith, who was forced to resign from the Academy after slapping Chris Rock on stage.
“I’m a fan of Will, Jada, Chris, all of them. They OGs. I think it’s unfortunate that, like, he emasculated another Black man in front of all them people like that. But I do think that, like, it’s some built-up sh*t that probably wasn’t really targeted at Chris Rock. I don’t know. … Like what you said, it seems like it’s more than just a GI Jane joke,” ASAP said on Drink Champs.
Smith will no longer be able to vote on Oscar-nominated movies and performances but he can still be nominated for an Oscar.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,” the statement reads.
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”