The False Slap that Echoed Around the Internet! By Chris Knight (Florida)

We are only covering this grotty story because even Dissent Right sites like Breitbart have devoted a lot of space to it, as well as others even stronger in the Dissent Right. In short, at the Oscars, Black comedian Chris Rock who was announcing the winner of Best Documentary, or some nonsense, made a joke about Black actor, Will Smith’s wife, who has a shaved head, suffering from  alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss and often affects Black women. Rock made a reference to a movie most people have forgotten or never seen, GI Jane, where the lead feminist character has a shaved head. At first Will Smith had a big laugh at the joke, then apparently wifey told him she was upset, so Will charges onto the stage and slaps Rock. Then he uses the f-bomb and sits down. Security did not remove him. Then he collects an Oscar minutes  later, and gives a sob speech about violence etc., and defending the family, being in a film about just that. As I saw someone on the net saying, if one believes that this is not acting, in the epicentre of bs, then Hunter Biden really is an energy consultant, and honest! Nothing about the episode looks authentic, including the slap. Normally someone would not go to the extreme of striking someone for such a light remark. One would have expected Will Smith to have shouted back some witty insult about Rock, perhaps challenging his manhood. But, the strike got people thinking about the Oscars again, as ratings have been crashing. And, that’s show business, bs business.

“It went from bad to worse for Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock in the face over a joke about his wife at the Oscars, with many pointing out that Smith was exhibiting “cuckold rage” in response to him and his wife having an “open relationship.”

After Rock mocked Jada Pinkett-Smith for having a G.I. Jane hairstyle, an irate Smith stormed the stage and struck the comedian across the face before yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!”

The consensus of reaction was that Smith had absurdly overreacted to a joke that wasn’t even that offensive.

After he was given a best actor award for his role in King Richard, an emotional Smith broke down in tears and apologized to everyone apart from Chris Rock.

Many respondents on Twitter speculated that Smith’s outburst was caused by his frustration at having an “open relationship” with his own wife.

In other words, the actor gets angry at a relatively harmless joke about her, but is apparently okay with her sleeping with other men.

“Will Smith will not tolerate other men making jokes about his wife. He will however tolerate other men having sex with his wife. This is a man of principle,” joked Matt Walsh.

In September last year, Smith attempted to dismiss years of cheating allegations by announcing he and Jada were in an “open relationship.”

During the BAFTAs last month, Australian actor Rebel Wilson joked that the Fresh Prince star’s “best performance” was “being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends.”


Smith responded by trying to justify the situation by revealing his wife kept him informed of who she had slept with.

“There’s never been infidelity in our marriage. Jada and I talk about everything, and we have never surprised one another with anything, ever,” he said.

Jada then went public with one such fling she had with rapper August Alsina in 2020.

The couple said they were free to “do whatever they want” in their “grown relationship.”

There’s clearly a huge disconnect between Smith being “okay” with his wife [having sex with] other men while having a violent hissy fit over Chris Rock making a joke about her hairstyle.

The “open marriage” appears to have made the actor emotionally unstable and prone to explosive outbursts, lashing out in response to having been publicly disrespected and humiliated by his own wife.”

“It’s a dignified mantra that, during the most raucous days of 2020, became an unapologetic command shouted at almost every protest and every march for racial justice in Los Angeles.

It’s also one that Will Smith, a Black man married to a Black woman, took to undignified extremes on Sunday night when he climbed on stage during the Academy Awards and went after comedian Chris Rock for cracking a joke about his wife’s bald hairstyle.

“Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me,” Rock said, as celebrities inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and the rest of us watching TV tried to figure out if what we had just seen was staged. (It wasn’t.)

“Keep my wife’s name out your f— mouth!” Smith shouted at Rock after returning to his seat.

“Wow, dude,” Rock responded, clearly shocked. “It was a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.”

A few minutes later, as Smith tearfully accepted his first-ever Oscar for leading actor in “King Richard,” chronicling the rise of Compton tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams, he took a moment to reflect.

“Richard Williams,” he said of the sisters’ father, whom he portrayed, “was a fierce defender of his family.” Knowing laughter rippled through the audience as Smith cracked a rueful smile.

Smith’s wife, actor Jada Pinkett Smith, revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss and often affects Black women. Since then, she has been chronicling the ups and downs of living with it, bravely talking about her bouts of shame and trauma.

“This is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide, so I thought I’d just share it so y’all not asking any questions,” Pinkett Smith said in an Instagram post last year, pointing at a bald patch on her scalp. “But you know, mama’s going to put some rhinestones in there, and I’m going to make me a little crown.”

We may never know exactly why Rock’s joke was enough to make Smith — an actor generally known for his affability, not his irritability — snap so violently during a live television broadcast.

He was right to apologize to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow nominees for his inappropriately caveman-like behavior. He did so during his acceptance speech on Sunday night and again on Instagram on Monday afternoon.

“I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith wrote, adding: “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”

Indeed. Although the slap was “inexcusable,” as Smith put it, his instinct to protect Black women — to protect his Black wife from humiliation — also was absolutely understandable. Our hair, a particular point of vulnerability even for those of us without alopecia, is not something to be mocked.

Rock, of all people, should know this.

In 2009, he narrated the documentary film “Good Hair,” supposedly inspired by his young daughter who asked him one day: “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” In other words, she has the coarse, kinky curls that most Black people do. Not the waves or straight hair that, for so many centuries in the United States, has been considered what is beautiful.

The film expertly digs into the expensive and often harmful hoops that Black women go through to conform to what are essentially white standards of beauty. Many of us are taught as children — thankfully less so these days — that the closer you are to approximating whiteness in all of its forms, the more successful you are likely to be. And society reinforces this on the daily.

It all serves to create a deep sense of self-loathing that can be hard to get rid of, even for adults who are hellbent on self-acceptance.
This is why, just this month, the U.S. House passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination against Black and brown people in workplaces and schools for wearing natural hairstyles. It is based on a California law that Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell was author of when she was a member of the state Senate.

Among the sponsors for the federal bill is Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Massachusetts who also has been outspoken about her own diagnosis with alopecia.

“Black girls, with our braids, locs, afros, all forms of natural hairstyles and yes, even our smooth Alopecian bald heads, belong everywhere,” she said from the floor at the U.S. Capitol. “For too long, Black girls have been discriminated against and criminalized for the hair that grows on our heads and the way we move through and show up in this world.”

Other Black women in the House chimed in with their own stories. As a Black woman with a natural hairstyle of sisterlocks, I have my own.

Indeed, this is why Mitchell proposed the bill in California in the first place. She wanted to help dispel myths about Black hair and redefine what constitutes “professionalism” in the workplace.

“Eurocentric standards of beauty have established the very underpinnings of what was acceptable and attractive in the media, in academic settings and in the workplace,” Mitchell, who wears her hair in sisterlocks, told The Times in 2019. “So even though African Americans were no longer explicitly excluded from the workplace, Black features and mannerisms remained unacceptable.”

And this is why it was so meaningful to watch Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, not only skillfully navigate a bunch of bloviating Republican senators during her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court last week, but do so wearing sisterlocks.

Jackson’s refusal to straighten her hair to meet white beauty standards is redefining what a Black woman must look like to be successful, even in the conservative halls of the federal government.

For Black women, this is the backdrop for what happened Sunday night in Hollywood. It’s one reason why so many were quick to defend Smith — or, at the very least, empathize with why he did what he did.

Pressley, for instance, tweeted: “Thank you #WillSmith Shout out to all the husbands who defend their wives living with alopecia in the face of daily ignorance & insults.”

She apparently thought better of it, though, and deleted the tweet.

On Monday, she instead tweeted an appreciation post for those who “hold us down & support us” during the most difficult days of living with alopecia.

“Our bodies are not public domain. They are not a line in a joke — especially when the transformation is not of our choosing. I’m a survivor of violence. I’m a proud Alopecian. The psychological toll we carry daily is real. Team Jada always.”

If we remember anything from the so-called “slap heard around the world,” let’s remember that.

As one can see, the whole affair gave an opportunity to out “male violence,” and to attack European ideas of beauty in hair. Behind everything, at the end of the day, lies an attack upon Euro-Whites. Protect hair styles, but leave the border, unprotected.



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