Forrie J. Smith Says He Won’t Join His Yellowstone castmates while walking the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony later this month due to the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
“I want to apologize to all of you for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – I don’t mean to offend anyone,” Smith said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I am not vaccinated, and it is mandatory to be vaccinated to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.”
The actor continued, “I’m not vaccinated. I won’t be vaccinated. I haven’t been vaccinated since I was little. I don’t vaccinate my dogs; I don’t vaccinate my horses. I don’t have never been vaccinated against the flu – I never will. I believe they compromise your immunities.
Smith, who stars as Ranch Lloyd Pierce in the hit Paramount Network drama series, said he wishes he could wear a cowboy hat and boots on the red carpet to represent “my culture and heritage.” He then added of vaccinations, “I just don’t believe in that stuff.”
Network representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Smith’s video appears to have since been deleted.
Yellowstone is nominated for Best Television Drama Ensemble ahead of the Feb. 27 ceremony taking place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Smith, who had a recurring role in the first two seasons before becoming a regular, is among the actors named as a nominee for the series; also listed are Kelsey Asbille, Wes Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham, Ian Bohen, Eden Brolin, Kevin Costner, Hugh Dillon, Luke Grimes, Hassie Harrison, Cole Hauser, Jen Landon, Finn Little, Brecken Merrill, Will Patton, Piper Perabo , Kelly Reilly, Denim Richards, Taylor Sheridan and Jefferson White.
The SAG Awards COVID-19 protocols are outlined on the organization’s website as follows: “All ticketed attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination plus a booster (if eligible), proof of COVID PCR test -19 lab negative within 48 hours of event and antigen test negative (rapid) on day of event. »
Like The Hollywood Reporter Exclusively reported earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has no plans to require proof of vaccinations for attendees of the 2022 Academy Awards to be held at the Dolby Theater on 27 March. A negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test is likely to be required.