Discipline Will Smith for Disgracing Oscars: Academy Member

Film and television producer Marshall Herskovitz has called on the Academy to discipline Will Smith for his attack on Chris Rock during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony.

Herskovitz, whose credits include The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond and I Am Sam, made the call for the Academy to act in response to the incident which has caused shock across the world.

"I call upon the Academy, of which I am a member, to take disciplinary action against Will Smith. He disgraced our entire community tonight," Herskovitz tweeted.

Smith hit Rock while he was presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary after the comedian made a joke about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

"Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it," Rock said in reference to her shaved head. Actress Demi Moore famously shaved her head to play the role of Jordan O'Neil in the 1997 G.I Jane movie.

Smith then confronted Rock on stage, hit him in the face, and yelled out: "Keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth."

In a tweet, the Academy said it does "not condone violence of any form."

Herskovitz was not the only Hollywood star to condemn Smith, who went on to win the Best Actor award for this role in King Richard shortly after the incident.

Writer and director Judd Apatow suggested Smith "could have killed" Rock with his attack in a tweet he later deleted.

"That's pure out of control rage and violence. They've heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind," Apatow wrote.

Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin tweeted: "Let me tell you something, it's a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian. Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters."

Actress Sophia Bush wrote that "violence isn't ok. Assault is never the answer" while also criticizing Rock for his remarks again Pinkett Smith.

"This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia," Bush said. "Punching down at someone's auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather."

In 2016, Rock refered to how Pinkett Smith was among a number of stars who were boycotting the ceremony that year due to a lack of diversity in nominations.

"Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties—I wasn't invited," Rock said.

The Los Angles Police Department confirmed that Rock has not filed a complaint against Smith over the incident.

"LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report," the department said in a statement.

"If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report."

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"The Last Samurai" producer Marshall Herskovitz has called on the Academy “to take disciplinary action" against Will Smith after he hit Chris Rock during the Oscar ceremony on March 27, 2022. Getty Images/Neilson Barnard/Alberto E. Rodriguez