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New York Times writer on Will Smith Oscars slap: ‘Violence is never the answer, but I’m not mad about it’


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New York Occasions contributing opinion author Roxane Homosexual stated Tuesday that her major takeaway from Will Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock on the Oscars was the impression of seeing “a Black woman being defended.”

The 94th Academy Awards was interrupted Sunday night time when actor Will Smith walked onto the stage to slap comic Chris Rock when the latter made a joke about Smith’s spouse. The second confronted widespread condemnation, however Homosexual stated Smith’s response, whereas unsuitable, resonated together with her.

“Violence is never the answer, but I’m not mad at it,” she stated when requested concerning the incident on a New York Occasions podcast Tuesday. “I’m just not. I was shocked when it happened. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life, and I hope to never see anything like it again, but I understand it. I understand it all around.” 

She added, “Given everything going on in the world, I just cannot bring myself to be outraged by this.”

“Given everything going on in the world, I just cannot bring myself to be outraged by this.”

— – NYT opinion author Roxane Homosexual

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Homosexual stated that whereas she does not assist normalizing violence as a justified response to comedy, she rejected the concept comedians can joke about no matter they need. 

“This idea that we’re all supposed to have the thickest skin in the world all the time so that comedians can do whatever they want — well, I reject that,” she stated. 

Will Smith yells at Chris Rock from his seat at the Oscar's after physically assaulting him on stage on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Screenshot/ABC)

Will Smith yells at Chris Rock from his seat on the Oscar’s after bodily assaulting him on stage on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Screenshot/ABC)
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“Yes. So was it violent, and is violence unacceptable? Absolutely,” she continued. “But Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia. They were sitting right there in the front row. And comedians are free to talk about whatever they want, they’re free to say whatever they want, but as I have written before, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and they’re not free from people responding however they respond.

She added, “The first takeaway for me was, certainly, to see a Black lady being defended, particularly after per week of trials with Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson, and actually no person standing up for her.”

Gay doubled down on her defense of Smith in an oped published in the Times Tuesday, where she praises Jada Pinkett for displaying “skinny pores and skin” in a world where subjects of jokes are expected to “flip the opposite cheek.”

Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive on the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Picture by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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“It should be obvious that the targets of jokes and insults have every right to react and respond,” Homosexual writes. “There is a strange idea that there is nobility in tolerating or, better yet, enjoying humor that attacks who you are, what you do or how you look — that with free speech comes the obligation to turn the other cheek, rise above, laugh it all off.”

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“Mr. Smith most likely saw his wife’s pain, and it’s possible he was himself experiencing a moment of fragility, of thin skin…I can see how Mr. Smith might not have been able to take that joke, at his wife’s expense, given the layers of context and public and private histories leading into that evening.”

MSNBC’s Pleasure Reid praised Homosexual’s column on Twitter, linking to what she referred to as an “exquisite essay on #theslap.”



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