The Slap Seen ‘Round the World

Have you ever witnessed someone’s short-term actions affect their success long-term? No matter what career you may have, one slip-up can cost you everything you have been working so diligently to accomplish. Celebrities are no exception. Being in the public eye, celebrities must do everything in their power to uphold their image.

At the 94th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony this year, the world watched as Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. It all began when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada. The joke did not sit well with Smith and resulted in him storming the stage and slapping the comedian. This immediately created buzz all over the internet. Some agreed with Smith’s reaction, while others had sympathy for Rock.

The Academy’s Board of Governors has since decided that Smith is not permitted to attend the ceremony for the next 10 years. Smith’s career has been tarnished over one impulsive decision he made at an awards show. Even though he issued an apology to Rock following the incident, his career has still taken a hit. Netflix has stepped back from further developing a new film Smith was set to star in. In addition to this, another film of his, the third installment of the “Bad Boys” franchise, has been put on pause.

Although Will Smith is a high-profile actor, this should serve as a learning experience for anyone in the professional world. This is a prime example of the fact that impulsive decisions can negatively impact your career. Your actions speak louder words, and even the smallest actions matter at the end of the day.

Mary Elizabeth Wagner, Account Associate

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