Okayokayokay. That doesn’t mean that I think Will Smith’s response was right. This isn’t an either-or where we should pick one person out as being right and the other wrong. Both were wrong, with Chris Rock being the instigator.
I love movies (some more than others) and look forward to the Academy Awards each year. 2022 was no different. What seems to be the major event of this year’s ceremony is not the actors, directors, etc., that received awards, but the slap that Will Smith gave to Chris Rock.
What I’ve notice since the slap is that many are supporting Chris Rock. That’s okay if they think he is a victim. What’s not okay is having double standards. This is what I mean …
Chris was on stage to present an Oscar winner when he took time to joke first and said to actress Jada Pickette-Smith,
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,”
Pinkett Smith announced she had shaved her head last year after being diagnosed with alopecia. She did not shave her head to play a movie role. Jada was not in the 1997 movie “GI Jane”. In that film, actress Demi Moore shaved her head to play the role.
Jada shaved her head because of a medical condition. That is why it’s my position that Chris Rock was disrespectful, degrading, and flat-out wrong.
After seeing this performance of “Glory” from the movie Selma by John Legend & Common at the 2015 Oscars, I simply felt numb. Their performance was the highlight of the night and brought many audience members to tears. And then… the acceptance speeches afterwards for Best Song were poignant. Their words help to put a punctuation mark on BLACK HISTORY MONTH and the continued struggle…
“The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the south side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” he said. “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.”
John Legend added the following:
“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting…
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