The Problem: The Academy’s formal review of Will Smith after he beat Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Chris Rock is also to blame and should be banned from the Academy Awards (“Oscar Wild”, March 29).
So he’s a comedian. I watched the program and I didn’t find anything funny about it at all. I don’t know who wrote the script for this show and how much they were paid for it, but it was horrific.
Both parties are to blame: Rock for saying something that wasn’t in the script and Will Smith for his answers. He should have included everyone in his apology, including skirt. The world had to wait 24 hours later to see Rock’s apology. Too late.
What happens on the street – no consequences for serious crimes – now happens on the stage.
A celebrity offended by a harmless joke can slap a comedian in front of millions of people and strut into his seat without fear of reprisals.
Be careful, Academy (and America): It’s a slippery slope to crushing anarchy.
I want to take the time to applaud Smith for that defended his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, as the butt of the joke in Rock’s recent Oscars monologue.
Rock was wrong to make fun of anyone’s health. Since the world is all PC, a health condition should be at the top of the list.
Although violence is wrong, as a viewer I got angry myself. I can only imagine the anger Will felt.
His actions do not distract from his work. That’s why his Oscar shouldn’t be taken away from him.
One thing nobody mentioned: Smith would never have hit a man younger and taller than him. If Jason Mamoa or Channing Tatum had made the GI Jane joke, Will would have stayed seated.
This is the classic example of a bully and a coward. As we used to hear, “Choose someone your own size!”
His award was to be revoked and he should have been removed from the ceremony immediately.
After Smith’s psycho attack on Rock over his somewhat insensitive but mostly harmless joke, can we expect the Cancel culture to rear its ugly head and ruin Smith’s career? It certainly should, if we are to believe that everyone has the same standard.
Incidentally, after Smith hit Rock, he should have been escorted off the ground and arrested for assault, whether or not Rock reported it.
Eventually, the academy must show some semblance of integrity and revoke Smith’s award.
The academy’s inaction, beyond condoning violence, is tantamount to an apology for Smith’s inexcusable behavior. It just goes to show that Hollywood has double standards.
The academy should give both Rock and Smith a formal review. Rock started the problem with his hurtful, rude, and thoughtlessly ridiculous remarks Smith’s wife’s medical problem.
Rock shouldn’t get a free pass, and he shouldn’t represent the academy again. This wasn’t a comedy.
Throughout the Oscars extravaganza and beyond, Rock persevered and stayed composed, as hard as that must have been.
Rock is the better man here and the lone pro. Smith is an unexpected name added to my personal never watch list.
Aliso Viejo, California
First, I think the whole slap situation was a publicity stunt because nobody watches the Oscars anymore — but after the slap, a lot of people talk about the show.
Second, one has nothing to do with the other. If Smith received the award for his performance, then he deserved it. Period.
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