Yellowstone actor Forrie J. Smith says he would rather forgo the Screen Actors Guild Awards than being vaccinated, adding to the Hollywood awards season turmoil over Covid-19 safety regulations.
The SAG Awards event, which takes place later this month, demands all guests to provide confirmation of Covid-19 immunization. Smith, who portrays ranch hand Lloyd Pierce on the Paramount Network drama series, said he would not comply with the demand in a now-deleted video on Instagram.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith added in the video, “I want to apologize to y’all for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – I intend no insult to anybody.” “I’m not vaccinated, and being vaccinated is a necessity to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards event.”
“I’m not vaccinated,” the actor, who was nominated for Best TV Drama Ensemble with his Yellowstone co-stars, revealed. I’m not going to be vaccinated. I haven’t had a vaccination since I was a child. My dogs aren’t vaccinated, and neither are my horses. I’ve never had a flu vaccination and will never get one. They, I feel, jeopardize your immunity.”
All guests “shall be required to present evidence of vaccination + booster injection (if eligible), proof of negative lab-based Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of the event, and negative antigen (quick) test the day of the event,” according to the current SAG Award procedures.
Smith’s comments follow the contentious news that the Oscars, which will be hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall, would not need evidence of immunization to attend the March 27 in-person event. The Critics’ Choice Awards, which will take place on March 13, will need immunization.