Hollywood is actually implementing a repercussion for bad behavior, even if it is due to public outrage leaving them with very little choice. Will Smith has been banned from attending the Academy Awards ceremony for ten years as punishment for slapping comedian Chris Rock.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences made the announcement Friday, following the slap nearly two weeks ago during the Oscars awards ceremony. Smith won the Oscar for his performance in King Richard, shortly after his outburst against Rock.
When Smith took stage to accept the award, he apologized to the Academy, though not to Rock. Even more disgusting, the entire crowd gave him a standing ovation. After the slap sparked public outrage, the Academy was pressured to act.
Nearly two weeks later, the Academy’s Board of Governors met on Friday to vote on a course of action. The Oscars were “overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years, from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.”
Will Smith reacted to a joke Rock had made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who said “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it.” Smith then walked up on stage and slapped Rock across the face. Once he got back to his seat, Smith shouted at Rock twice, telling him to keep “my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth.”
Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House
Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.
Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.
National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.
In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.
Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.
THE AMAZON FILES – “feeling pressure from the White House”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2024
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