The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 60 complaints about Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock during the broadcast of the Academy Awards, filings showed Thursday.
Some of the complaints focused on the violence of Smith slapping Rock during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, while others focused on Smith’s repeated shouting of profanity after returning to his seat.
“This reprehensible act shocked my family and child, who masked me innocently ‘why did he hit that man?’ I hope Mr. Smith faces consequences for his actions as it demonstrates the wrong way to go about handling a disagreement,” reads one complaint from California.
Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, that led to Smith walking onto the stage and slapping the comedian in the face.
The 57-year-old Rock briefly touched on the incident during a performance in Boston Wednesday, where he said he is still processing the incident.
The academy issued an apology to Rock on Wednesday and plans to vote on disciplinary action against Smith on April 18.