Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars after he made a joke about his wife, actor Jada Pinkett Smith. He deprived her of an opportunity to deal with her insult by reacting so violently.
We thought the misplaced envelopes at the 2017 Academy Awards were the biggest controversy of all time. In 2022, we were left with nothing more than a minor inconvenience. A renowned comedian is rarely slapped in the face by an Academy Award nominee (and, eventually, an Oscar winner).
Chris Rock was the one who received the gift on Sunday night, but Will Smith made it happen. He walked up onto the stage and Slapped him hard in the face after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Though the incident may seem bizarre, it polarize fans, as support for Will and Chris may divide. The Academy reacts to Will Smith’s smacking of Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony
I will start with a joke. Chris’ joke cannot be salvaged. It was a bad joke and a cruel one as well. Even comedians worth their salt know that comedy isn’t just about ribs and jibes, but about punching up rather than punching down.
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Humoring someone’s illness, which they call traumatizing, is exactly what they mean. Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder, was the cause of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss. It was a terrifying experience for her in 2018. The idea of making light of someone’s trauma on live television is not ‘cool’ in any scenario.
In failing to take action against Will, the Academy has sent a message that it is okay to hit people who disagree with you. Of course, what constitutes an offense differs from person to person. A joke was made about Will Smith’s wife that offended him.
Some people may take offense at a joke about their religion, while others might object to criticism of their favorite sports team. It would be fair for these people to ask why Will Smith wasn’t? – at the least – ejected from the theater if they hit the person who ‘offended’ them tomorrow and got arrested for it.
In the 21st century, public memory is fickle. Today, scandals are everywhere. Memes are everywhere. It won’t be long before the news cycle forgets this. There will be no tarnish on his legacy. According to reports, Chris Rock has refused to file a complaint with the police, so Will gets away with it.
In fact, he walks away with an Oscar. Chris won’t face any backlash over the joke, and he will return sooner rather than later. If OscarsSoWhite didn’t harm the Academy Awards, this certainly won’t. Things will soon get back to business as usual. Before all of this dies down, let’s hope to hear Jada’s side of the story.