Empower Wisconsin | March 31, 2022
Why did Will Smith really smack Chris Rock at Sunday’s Academy Awards?
The black Hollywood actor was simply caught up in an example of white supremacy in action, according to Maia Hoskin, a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University.
Hoskin, who also serves as director of counseling in the Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology, writes in Forbes that Smith’s behavior “is about a much larger systemic issue rooted in white supremacist culture designed to police the behavior of Blacks amongst the who’s who in Hollywood and beyond.”
As the College Fix reported, Hoskin claims so-called “respectability politics” means that Smith should have “conducted [himself] in a manner deemed acceptable to whites.”
These same politics allegedly mandate that blacks can show no emotion other than “complacence, apathy, or agreeance,” or else they’ll be “disqualified … from receiving the same equitable treatment that whites enjoy as a birthright,” Hoskin postulates.
“Again, most will agree that grievances should not be met with balled-up fists or open-palmed slaps. But perhaps there is space to challenge the system and the cultural norms and expectations that have created a pressure cooker for repressed and stereotyped emotions and behaviors of people of color,” Hoskin added.
Perhaps the “space” is Smith was really pissed after Rock told a joke about his actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. And then he committed assault on live TV.
“Jada, I love you,” Rock said. “‘GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see you.” Rock was referencing the 1997 film in which actress Demi Moore had shaved her head for Navy SEAL training.
The camera caught Smith laughing, and Pinkett, well, not. Smith looked over and saw his wife’s displeasure, then stormed the stage and smacked a stunned Rock in the face.
It was a particularly awkward moment in an otherwise self-important and low-rated awards ceremony.
But the nutty professor gassed on that the joke, “made in poor taste,” would not have been made had Pickett Smith been a white actress. Two words for Hoskin: Ricky Gervais.
“(W)hy is the public so eager to only wag their fingers in judgment of Smith’s behavior and not question the racist system that was designed to incubate his and so many others’ frustrations,” she feverishly writes, as if she has a point.
Rock, a black man, was assaulted. But in the deranged race-centric world of the painfully woke, the comedian is co-conspirator in the white supremacy system that oppressed Smith into punching him.
What a joke.
Read more at The College Fix.