Smith? Check. Now Clean Up the Rest of Your Hot Mess, AMPAS.

Will Smith is banned from the Oscars. CREDIT: Reuters. Halle Berry reacts to Adrien Brody’s non-consensual Academy Kiss. CREDIT: YouTube. Adrien Brody accepts the Academy Award for Best Actor. CREDIT: ©

“Choose this time to not be silent. Choose this time to be the groundswell instead of just hoping there is one.”

  • 12 days post-admission to oust Will Smith, and
  • 14 years post-conduct and 5 days post-conviction to expel Bill Cosby, but
  • 15 years post-conduct Carmine Caridi;
  • 18 years post-conduct and 19 years post-conviction to eject Adam Kimmel; and,
  • 42 years post-conduct and 41 years post-conviction to permanently ban Roman Polanski.
  • 52 years post-conduct but 3 years pre-conviction to terminate Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

Should we not demand, with force and clarity, that AMPAS universally apply its rules of conduct, standard of review, and range of consequences?”

I am not here to tell you that the Academy is, or is not, racist. I am here to tell you that:

  • Every single White bad actor, whether violent or abusive, apologetic or indifferent, causing current or prior harm, went completely ignored by AMPAS or enjoyed decades being accountability free.
  • Every single Black bad actor was disciplined with whiplash speed and strident accountability.
  • AMPAS has unambiguously and repeatedly shown White bad behavior its tolerance and Black bad behavior its teeth.
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Catherine Pugh, Esq.

Catherine Pugh, Esq.


Private Counsel. Former DOJ-CRT, Special Litigation Section, Public Defender; Adjunct Professor (law & undergrad). Developed Race & Law course.