“Yellowstone” actor Forrie J. Smith will not go to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony next month because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and the event needs all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
This week, in a video posted to Instagram, Smith announced that he would not be present at the awards ceremony, which is slated for February 27.
All the people who attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards have to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and must also have gotten a booster dose as well if qualified. Attendees will also be needed to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was collected within forty-eight hours of reaching the ceremony.
Then, a rapid test will be carried out on all attendees on the day of the event.
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In addition to that, the organization wants KN95 or FF94 masks to be put on at all times during the event. Exceptions to the requirement include when people are participating in the red carpet or media opportunities, are on camera in the showroom or are eating or drinking.
Smith Mocked the Mask Mandate by the Organization
Smith, who is part of the “Yellowstone” cast and is nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, extended his apology for not being able to be present at the event.
He stated he has not gotten an initial COVID-19 vaccination dose or a booster dose and seemed to criticize the event’s mask requirement.
He said “I mean no offense to anyone. I’m not vaccinated, and it’s a requirement to be vaccinated to be at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.”
The actor stated he has not taken vaccination since he was a “little kid,” continuing that he does not even take his dogs or horses for vaccination. He also added that has never gotten and will never get a flu shot.
Smith stated he was “looking forward to walking down the red carpet in my big black American hat and my Justin boots and representing my culture and heritage, but I’m not gonna be able to do that, and I apologize to y’all out there that are part of my culture and heritage.”
He continued saying “I won’t be representing us at the Screen Actors Guild Awards walking down the red carpet. But it’s no offense to anybody, anything. It’s just my beliefs,” adding “I just don’t believe in that stuff”, before saying that “maybe next year” he will walk the red carpet.