On Sunday evening, some new life was pumped into the dying franchise known as “The Oscars.” Host Chris Rock made a crack about Jada Pinket, Will Smith’s wife, regarding her lack of hair (she has alopecia), and Smith stormed the stage – in front of law enforcement officers – and slapped Rock before retaking his seat and yelling at Rock to keep his wife’s name out of his [expletive] mouth.
It was a slap, not a punch. Usually, when men’s wives are insulted in jest or not, guys would punch.
The exchange was done by a couple of seasoned actors who would know how to make it look real. It looked real enough that all over the media on Monday, social and mainstream, condemnations are pouring through the woodwork for Smith for slapping, and Rock for making a joke in poor taste.
“People are unraveling in front of our eyes but the show must go on. What is happening?” she tweeted.
“I know we’re all still processing, but the way casual violence was normalized tonight by a collective national audience will have consequences that we can’t even fathom in the moment,” she added.
It’s not exactly casual violence when a man reacts to his wife being insulted, but that is how this person representing the NAACP took the display. Why Will Smith was not arrested on the spot for assault is a completely different issue.
— Adam Silverstein (@SilversteinAdam) March 28, 2022