Only in Hollywood where you can get away slapping a Person in Public followed by getting a trophy and a standing ovation.
Chris Rock, the Better Man. Whether, he was still in shock or he was just being himself after he was painfully hit by Will Smith, Chris Rock advocated for his Aggressor not to be removed by the Police from the premises. Chris Rock was the reason Will Smith was able to receive his Best Actor trophy in person instead of watching the announcement in Jail.
Only in Hollywood physically hurting and verbally threatening another Human Being on stage witnessed by “respected” Actors and Actresses we admire in the big screen was allowed to continue uninterrupted till the award’s finale. Only in Hollywood where humiliating a Person for everyone’s laughter is made okay. Every Award and Comedy Shows has full of them. Comedy at the expense of another is funny to all except the butt of one’s joke.
Seeing Will Smith go up the stage and slap Chris Rock in front of his Peers because his Wife was humiliated by Chris Rock’s joke was disturbing. The sound of the slap was so loud it’s all that one can hear. But louder was the silence of the audience. No one stood up to say,”Stop! Something very wrong just happened.”
The Awards went on. The Show went on. No edits. No revisions. It was a Show within a Show. Entertainment for the World to feast and engage in their Social Feeds like Twitter and Instagram.
People should boycott watching the Oscars next year. Even Hollywood needs a Time Out to reflect on their actions. Unless, Hollywood and its Stars are that unreachable.
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For those who made jokes about the altercation, huge shame. We don’t laugh when someone is hurt or hurting, shamed and humiliated. Perhaps that’s okay in the Entertainment Planet of Hollywood, but it’s never okay outside the Real World, our World.
All involved appeared victims of a joke gone bad but it’s never an excuse for physical violence, otherwise anyone could do the same in the Real World when pissed off mad. I’m sure, if it’s you and me, we will end up in jail right away or face a lawsuit.
We are not Stars, just the ticket buyers responsible for the existence of Big Screen Movie Theaters and Blockbuster Hits. We are the monthly subscribers of Stream Line Entertainment like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple +, Disney +, Hulu, xfinity. Come to think of it, we hold the power to control the brightness or dimness of Hollywood and its Stars.
Co-workers we’re shocked the first day. Some did not even see the viral slapping video. The next day, a co-worker hearing the same topic said in a serious upset tone, “What’s done is done,” and turned his back.
I believe we should not turn our backs on issues that affects us all. No one should turn their backs on violence nor the harassing humiliating effects of jokes that targets People personally. They are wrong and unacceptable.
The Pandemic brought the worst in People. People had been edgy, angry, irritable, impatient, irrational, weird, emotional and super sensitive. Little trigger causes outburst, tantrums, violence and aggressive confrontations. This was happening for the last 2 years from airplanes, restaurants, streets, parks, healthcare settings, on the road, and now Hollywood. Madness Fever finally reached the Stars where many of us have already recovered and developed some immunity.
Our World is never same. We are never the same after the trauma and oppression of the COVID Pandemic. We need to be careful and mindful of what we say because what may be funny before the Pandemic may now be an offensive personal attack to others that can lead to violence and retaliation.
There have been many opinions. There have been many reflections. 6 days after the Oscars, things are just getting clearer and the incident appears not much different than what happens in our Real World.
There will be consequences. There will be changes. Lessons will be learned, willing or not. Real Apologies in person has to be made to resolve deeply rooted conflicts.