BAFTA executives weighed in on the much-touted incident at Sunday night’s Oscars when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage.
They explained to The Hollywood Reporter how they would have acted if the altercation -which everyone is still talking about- had occurred in England at the BAFTAs.
“They would be removed from the ceremony,” said Sara Putt, chair of BAFTA’s television committee and vice-chair of BAFTA, when asked what BAFTA would do if it found itself in a similar situation.
Putt said they would have acted differently, not letting the person involved collect any awards or give a speech, as Smith was allowed at the Dolby Theatre.
“They would not be in the buildings, so they would not be able to physically collect their prize (…) It is just a complete red line for us”, he added.
For her part, Emma Baehr, executive director of awards and content at BAFTA, opined that “nor tolerate violence of any kind.”
The Hollywood Academy has condemned the incident and has announced the opening of an investigation to study possible actions against the actor. Until now, the importance of the measures of this institution is unknown, which is considering the suspension of the Academy -immediate or temporary- or even the withdrawal of the prize that he won on Sunday.