So......I didn't watch the Oscars, but apparently there was something to talk about!
When I saw the news this morning, I was so confused. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the middle of the live Academy Awards? Then went on to win and receive an Oscar?
I've always liked Will Smith in as much as I knew about him. I was glad to see him go from a rapper to a tv star to a movie star. Now an Academy Award winner. But I was really troubled by the fact that he walked onto the stage, slapped Chris Rock, cursed at him, sauntered off like the cat who ate the canary, and that isn't considered wrong?
I understand he was upset about a joke Chris Rock that was maybe in bad taste. But what precedent does this set- someone says something you don't like, and you are allowed to go off and smack them? (Can you imagine presidential debates if this was allowed?) I feel like there was a world of options for Will Smith to express his dislike of the joke in appropriate channels.
However, on social media, it's like a different world. Reading people's comments about the incident and their defense of Will Smith is puzzling to me. How can we defend violence like that?
Aren't some things just wrong? Asking for a friend. :)
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski