No, I’m not referring to Australian author Christos Tsiolkas’ book.
I’m referring to the slap heard around the world on Oscars night.
Will Smith stormed the stage and struck comedian Chris Rock across the face for joking about his wife, in a moment that immediately went viral. Chris Rock, a presenter, had cracked a joke comparing Jada Pinkett Smith’s tightly cropped hair – she suffers from Alopecia – to Demi Moore’s appearance in the film G I Jane and suggesting that she appear in a sequel. Will Smith strode up to Chris Rock and gave him a tight slap, before returning to his seat and shouting profanities (“Take my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!”) twice at Chris Rock.
It was a really hard slap, by the way. “Just a reminder that if Will Smith had slapped Betty White for a joke she made (however insensitive), she easily could’ve fallen backward, cracked her skull and died of a brain bleed,” one doctor tweeted. “Same with Bob Saget obviously.”
Yup, fantastic! Two Black guys in a most splendid moment of glory.
It’s a stain on all Blacks. (Oops. No pun intended.)
Hongkong actor Chapman To said “If he were white, and he went on stage to hit a Black man, and then go on to win Best Actor, tonight World War III would break out.”
The spectators, all Hollywood elite who saw first-hand what had happened, gave Will Smith a standing ovation for this egregious act. They cheered when he later went up to receive his award as he spoke about protecting his family. They applauded him when he talked about love making him do crazy things (like violence).
These stars who loudly endorsed a man who assaulted another, because of something that was said, in the land of free speech, are the same retards who make movies teaching the world great moral lessons, moral lessons usually featuring violence as a weapon to end disputes.
At any other time, if I were to go up on stage to slap someone telling a joke, I would expect (1) everyone whipping out their smart phones to video the incident and (2) security to grab hold of me until the police shows up and (3) I will be charged in court for assault and battery.
But in Hollywood, the rules are different. The assailant receives an award, makes a speech, and is congratulated.
Because in Hollywood, populated by the mediocre of the world, Hollywood, which has the gall to call itself an “industry,” the normal there is hypocrisy, plain and simple.
For decades, insiders had known of Harvey Weinstein’s record for sexual assault. In fact, at the 2013 Oscars, host Seth MacFarlane made a joke about Weinsten’s predatory behavior.
But the bloated douche bag, that walking piece of rancid lard, only faced consequences after an exhaustive 2017 expose by The New York Times, the same papers that exposed Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos.
Roman Polanski, in 1978, fled the US after learning he would be charged for drugging and raping a child. But he continued to make movies and Oscars voters continued to give their support. His war biopic The Pianist earned him the Best Director prize, among others.
And don’t get me started on that pervert, the creepy Woody Allen, who went after the underage adopted daughter of his girlfriend.
Or Jared Leto who has been known for years to engage in sex with underage girls while Hollywood continues to turn a blind eye?
But truth be told, hypocrites are everywhere.
There are in every nook and cranny you look in life. The number of people who portray themselves as being champions for the underprivileged and the downtrodden, as church pastors and leaders, as being morally upstanding and righteous individuals, are among the most demonic in our midst.
And if you hope that with age will come wisdom, forget it.
Will Smith is 53 years old and worth US$350 million.
Obviously neither age nor money can guarantee wisdom or class.