Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock Is Hilarious. Please Stop Treating It Like 9/11.
Not everything has to be serious.
Last night at the Oscars, Chris Rock told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and then her husband, Will Smith, walked on stage and slapped him.
The natural response to this was confusion and laughter. People didn’t know if it was a bit or not and the whole thing was very surreal and I can totally see how if you were in the room at the Oscars it would be very uncomfortable. But I was not in the room at the Oscars. Like you and everyone else, I was watching it on TV. And LOL.
One famous comedian told a joke about a famous movie star and then her even more famous movie star husband slapped him with an open hand on live TV. All three of these famous people are friends and have known each other for decades.
Moments later, Chris Rock was apologizing and Denzel Washington was calming Will Smith down and it was all just absolute chaos. LOLOLOLOL.
What a magical advertisement for the excitement of live television!
Will Smith did not use a closed fist. He did not harm him. There was no actual fight. He slapped him with an open palm in a very theatrical way. Chris Rock was fine. Everything was fine and the world continued to spin on its axis.
But this is the world and we’re not allowed to just have funny insane things like one movie star slapping another movie star at the Oscars because the other movie star told a GI Jane joke about the first movie star’s movie star wife.
Immediately, people decided that it was a very very serious deal. People called the LAPD to report it! You have to imagine how these phone calls went. “9-1-1? Are you watching the Oscars? I think you better turn ‘em on.”
Some people said it was a sign of toxic masculinity. Other people said it showed the Hollywood’s woke agenda is a sham. Some people said it explained Trump? Other people blamed Black Lives Matter. Some people said drama as an art was a mistake. Other people said it meant Chris Rock isn’t good at jiujitsu? Some wondered if it would be ok for Will Smith to assault a female comedian.
Others said Will Smith was acting like Putin? Some said that it meant that random lunatics were now empowered to assault every comedian they see! None of these things are what happened of course. Because what happened is a total non-thing.
One man made a mean joke about his friend’s wife and that man then slapped him. Neither of the people involved in this incident wanted to turn it into anything else. It was over. The only reason this is notable at all is because they’re movie stars and this was at the Oscars but that doesn’t make it some terribly serious thing we all need to freak out about. It just makes it funny. Celebrities: they’re just like us! LOL.
The second this happened, Chris Rock immediately made it clear that he was not interested in pressing charges or escalating this. At that point it became a victimless crime. Just a funny weird thing that happened! But that is not acceptable if you are all in on “This is outrageous!!” So there was lots of nonsense about how the real victims are the children. Oh the poor children! The impressionable youths watching the Oscars who were until this nightmarish moment completely unfamiliar with casual violence.
Let’s say that you’re a parent and your 7 year old is watching the Oscars (lol this hypothetical already makes no sense) and starts to wonder why the genie from Aladdin slapped Marty from Madagascar. Maybe you should use it as a teachable moment and explain what happened! How sometimes you get defensive about people you love but that violence isn’t the answer. I honestly don’t care what you tell your kid. Your kid comes home every day and finds you ranting and raving about cable news. Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars is the least scarring thing that will happen to them this week.
Everyone is such a cop nowadays. They want to tattle tale and send everyone to the People’s Court of Internet Justice. The only people who have just cause to be upset about this are Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Chris Rock. None of them are upset. So case dismissed.
Not everything has to mean everything! Not everything has to prove your pet societal ill! Most things in fact are like this! They’re just things!
It’s ok to laugh at Will Smith slapping Chris Rock over a stupid GI Jane joke at the Oscars. Indeed, that’s the healthiest response you can have.