He had every right to be offended when Chris Rock performed a crude gag on his wife Jada Pinkett’s hair when she suffered from alopecia. And he would have been hailed a hero had he taken the stage to say that such insults are unworthy of the Oscars and the modern world.
But that Smith slapped Rock, then used X-rated language to condemn the stand-up comedian, saw the ceremony become as far-fetched as preparing for a Las Vegas boxing match when show business should have hire the 53-year-old. for his Oscar-winning portrayal of tennis coach Richard Williams in King Richard.
While MPs like Tory MP Simon Hoare defend Smith, the actor’s actions raise uncomfortable issues that cannot be ignored on this side of the Atlantic. Domestic violence is commonplace. Women are victims of misogyny on a daily basis. There are children who commit suicide because of bullying. Yet, tragically, there will be impressionable young men who view Smith as such a role model that they are misguided enough to believe his physical and verbal abuse is acceptable. It’s not. And the fact that, as a result, there will be schoolchildren who think they too can replicate the actor’s behavior against their classmates is another reminder of why young people should be encouraged to look up to these role models. men who have more autonomy. control than Will Smith.
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