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Academy Is Preparing Crisis Team For 2023 Oscars After Infamous Will Smith Slap

The CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has implemented a crisis team after the infamous Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences slap that occurred last year.

via Complex:

That’s the word straight from Complex: CEO Bill Kramer, who this week spoke with Time about the impending 2023 edition of the annual awards ceremony. Speaking on the difficult-to-plan-for aspect of live TV, Kramer first pointed to this year’s returning host Jimmy Kimmel as the ideal choice for that exact reason. From there, he dove into “crisis” chatter and how this feature will be worked into the behind-the-scenes proceedings of the 2023 event.

“But we have a whole crisis team, something we’ve never had before, and many plans in place,” Kramer, who was named Academy CEO in June of last year, told Eliana Dockterman. “We’ve run many scenarios. So it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.”

Elaborating further after the slap was specifically mentioned by the interviewer, Kramer imagined how a hypothetical incident involving the need for this “crisis team” might play out.

“Because of last year, we’ve opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars,” he added.

This is some BS. We don't need a crisis team at the Oscars. You all pay an army of security to work the event, so use them to diffuse any issues that may occur. I feel this has low-key racist undertones because it was an incident between two black men.

I'm not condoning what Will did, but this is one incident that occurred from someone who has had to pretty much perpetuate a squeaky clean, non-threatening career in order to achieve mainstream success.

The only crisis I see is the lack of actual diversity within the Academy. We only have two black people nominated this year, and in the recent Oscars photo you had to damn near play Where's Waldo in order to see if there were any black people in the photo.

95 years of the Academy existing and this is the beat you can come up with?

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