(Bakken) – “Yellowstone” actor Forrie J. Smith will not be attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony later this month because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and the event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
Smith announced in a video posted on Instagram this week that he would not be present at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for February 27th.
All persons for the Screen Actors Guild Awards must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have received a booster shot if qualified. Participants will also be asked to submit a negative coronavirus PCR test taken within 48 hours of arriving at the ceremony.
A quick test will then be administered to all attendees on the day of the event.
In addition, the organization requires that KN95 or FF94 masks be worn at all times during the event. Exceptions to the mandate include when people participate in red carpet or media opportunities, are in front of the camera in the showroom or eat or drink.
Smith, who is part of “Yellowstone,” nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, apologized for not being able to attend the event.
He said he had not received an initial COVID-19 vaccination series or a booster shot and appeared to be mocking the event’s mask mandate.
“I do not mean to offend anyone. I am not vaccinated and it is a requirement to be vaccinated to be at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony,” he said.
The actor said he has not been vaccinated since he was a “little kid”, adding that he does not vaccinate his dogs or horses. He also said he has never received and will never receive a flu shot.
Smith said 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 will not be able to, and I apologize to you all. together. it is part of my culture and heritage. ”
“I will not represent us at the Screen Actors Guild Awards when I go down the red carpet. But it is not insulting to anyone, anything. It is just my belief,” he added.
“I just do not believe in that,” he added, before saying that “maybe next year” he will go on the red carpet.