A DISCLAIMER: I am no fan of the Oscars, and I’m even less of a fan of Will Smith. You’ve been warned.
Even if you didn’t watch the Oscars last night – and judging by their declining ratings in recent years, you probably didn’t – the Academy of motion pictures arts and sciences annual salute to the best films of the last year was upstaged by a line-crossing joke by Chris Rock, and Will Smith’s Jerry Springer-esque reaction to it.
For a little background information: Jada Pinkett Smith recently went public about her struggles with alopecia, a skin condition which causes hair loss. She recently shaved her head, and was photographed for a recent interview with her head bald. She showed up last night at the Oscars with her husband and Oscar nominee Will Smith, with some stubble on her head. Below is a link to the whole exchange leading up to, and including, the latest in a long line of cringe-worthy Oscar moments…
Wow. On so many levels, wow.
Whether you feel the Chris Rock crossed a proverbial line with his joke or not, that is the nature of comedy. Comedians are edgy. They are controversial. They dance on the preverbial line between what is funny and what is not appropriate. Sometimes the cross the proverbial line with disasters results. By and large, I think most of us know that a joke is a joke.
Will Smith should know this. he is an entertainer. His big breakout role was on a sitcom “the fresh Prince of Bel Air and “. By now, she should understand that every now and then a joke goes go too far.
But Will Smith is also a 50 something-year-old man. He’s not a kid on the playground defending his girlfriends honor. Had he not gotten on stage, or mouthed off afterwards, the joke probably would’ve gotten a little more than a few “oohs and ahhhs” and largely brushed off by the public at large.
Apparently Rock and the Smiths have a bit of history together Having said that, there were better places and times for “Big Willie style“ to take action: Backstage, off camera, at an after party, in an alley behind the theater.
Personally, I think that Will Smith is terribly overrated. I remember reading in a magazine shortly after the first season of the fresh prince of Belair about the way that he ran off original aunt Viv, actress Janet Hubert and I lost all respect for the guy.
I can understand that Jada Pinkett Smith, as a black actress, is upset about the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards. This is been an issue for decades. Conversely, I don’t think it Will Smith deserves an Oscar nomination (let alone an award) every time he appears in front of a camera, just because there’s a lack of diversity at the Oscars. Furthermore, I feel that her public tirades about it, and publicly discussing her “open marriage“ are a little more than an attempt at keeping her name in the headlines; thus preventing her from being remembered as “Mrs. Will Smith“.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about this story in the coming days Jada wouldn’t have it any other way.