I do not waste my time watching the Oscars. I do not care about the “Hollyweird crowd,” what they do, do not do, let alone what they think. For me, they are overpaid big mouths that are as ignorant as “The Squad.” The “Hollyweird crowd” is the epitome of “woke.”
By now regardless of what you believe about the Oscars, Hollyweird, or what they think; comedian Chris Rock was apparently making jokes about several celebrities at Sunday evenings festivities. Apparently, Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada apparently suffers from a condition called “alopecia,” which causes some to all hair loss and can be quite serious. Rock joked that he “looked forward to seeing her in GI Jane 2 (paraphrased).” So what! The jokes were funny and one must lighten up and laugh at themselves. Smith is a lovely slender woman with an attractive face as was Demi Moore when she starred in “GI Jane.” I do not see a problem here. If anything it was quite a compliment to Smith.
What Will Smith did next was reprehensible, that is after he had a good laugh at the joke about his wife. Smith got up and went onto the stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face and it was disgusting. As I said Will Smith actually laughed at this joke, but Jada, frowning obviously said something to her husband to envoke him to behave the way he did. I give him no excuse for his behavior. It was reprehensible, on national television, and televised around the world. God knows how many children saw this and how this behavior will affect them. How does a parent explain this to their child? I have no clue because I would never have allowed my children while growing up to watch such hideous festivities to begin with.
The audience at first thought it was a joke until Will Smith sat down and began telling Chris Rock to leave his wife’s name out of his jokes using expletives, not once but twice. Those later interviewed at the event were surprised at best. Others felt Will and Jada should lighten up while others felt because of her condition and that apparently he made jokes about her back in 2016 (non-hair related) that Chris Rock was off base. Regardless if this was not scripted in by ABC or just add lib by Rock does not matter. You cannot just go around hitting people because you do not like their jokes. Violence is wrong and must be dealt with.
Whatever you believe, violence is never the answer. While the Academy is investigating the incident and he may be barred from future Oscar events he apologized to everyone including the academy but not Chris Rock. Chris Rock showed so much graciousness by not filing charges against him and stated he was not aware that Will Smith’s wife had “alopecia.”
Will Smith assaulted Chris Rock. No one has the right to do this to another person. He was not taken out of the Oscars let alone handcuffed off the stage. The People of California vs. Will Smith can make a case and take him to court despite the fact that Chris Rock will not be pressing charges. Talk about privilege and black-on-black crime all wrapped up neatly in one. If this was a white man behaving like this, let’s say, George Clooney, everyone would be decrying prejudice and he would have been hauled off to jail and definitely in handcuffs. Despite disabilities and illnesses, one must have a sense of humor about all things including themselves and whatever their ailment might be. It is healthy to laugh at one’s self and not take everything so seriously or literally all of the time.
After the Oscars, he was seen at a party singing and dancing, which was not a good look for him at all. Smith behaved really poorly.
On Monday afternoon around 4:00 pm, Pacific time Smith almost 24 hours late Smith made an official apology on Instagram. Too little too late. It is amazing how everyone is preferring to overlook the fact that Chris Rock did not know about Jada when he made that joke.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote. “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” he concluded. “I am a work in progress.”
The Academy gave the following statement, “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith,” the statement released on Monday said. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.” This is the second time Smith publicly apologized for the incident. This incident will follow him and for good reason.
Chris Rock had no idea about Jada’s condition and even if he did — it did not give Will Smith the right to behave how he did. The reason I err on the side of Chris Rock is that he showed class and graciousness — he did not press charges and this despite no apology from Will Smith. Also, I might add he did not defend himself and hit back. That takes a lot of character for a man to just turn the other cheek. The left would have Americans believe if you are white you have “privilege,” well, look who had the real “privilege,” Will Smith, and he is “not white” — God forbid if he was. What has society devolved into?