How does Smith’s Oscar undermine his legacy when he hits Chris Rock?

In 2002, Halle Berry made history in Oscar and became the first black woman to win the lead actress in “Monsters Ball”. This is an unreproduced achievement, but the following year’s Oscar came to mind on Sunday. It is already called “slap heard all over the world”. Her starring actor award-winning Adrien Brody bounces on stage, grabs her award-winning Berry, bends her back and delivers her deep smoothness to her stunned actress. rice field. Berry; Many claimed to have despised her Berry, even if Brody did not attack her. It was a nasty follow-up to Berry’s milestone.

This year’s Academy Awards should have been a victorious night for black artists. Two of the three co-sponsors were a black woman, a black producer, a number of black presenters, Beyonce’s outstanding opener, and the season was “King Richard.” He helped transform his young daughters Venus and Serena into tennis superstars and pays homage to Richard Williams’ improbable genius.

But instead of celebrating, Hollywood Dolby Theater star-studded spectators and viewers around the world were shocked and horrified. One of Hollywood’s top entertainers attacked another top entertainer on the Oscar stage during a live television broadcast.

The sequence of events in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and confused Oscar is now well known. Smith jumped after Locke made a cruel joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. He approached Rock, tapped his face before returning to his seat, and said, “Don’t put my wife’s name in your mouth!”

Chris Rock will be on stage at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Ovation Hollywood on Sunday.

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The aftermath could have been even more realistic. A few minutes later, a glamorous Hollywood crowd watching the attack cheered on the attacker when he accepted Oscar as the lead actor in “King Richard.” A nasty speech about “love” he apologized to the Film Academy and his fellow candidates-but especially omitted apologies to Rock.

“The academy does not tolerate any form of violence,” Oscar’s governing body later replied in a lukewarm statement on Twitter. Slapping his face didn’t even slap his wrist (on Monday, the organization added a stronger statement: “The Academy blames Mr Smith’s actions at last night’s show. We’re official about the incident. We will formally initiate a review and investigate further actions and results in accordance with our Ordinances, Code of Conduct and California Law. “).

His journey in honor of Richard, Venus, and Serena Williams ended in disgrace if the 94th Academy Awards marked Smith’s personal victory. Actors have come to represent for the black creative community.

After all, Smith denies the Black Lives Matter movement and wraps it in a gift to conservatives who are increasingly dissatisfied with the fight against systematic racism, from voting rights to critical racism. I delivered a gift that was sown. , Jump up and point to the screen: “Look! Whites aren’t hurting blacks. It’s really a black crime. They’re hitting each other.”

Smith’s heroic status both inside and outside of black culture, and a carefully constructed persona as the patriarch of a celebrity family, only intensifies fallout, and his actions are now endangering his reputation. ..

One man reacts to an on-stage attack by another man during the award show.

Chris Rock on the left reacts to Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday.

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It’s true whether Rock is joking about “GI Jane” or believes he’s crossed the line by coming to Pinkett Smith over his medical condition. There is no need to justify the rhetoric of rock. By Smith’s disproportionate reaction. Also, there is no need to demand blame from the NAACP, investigation by the LAPD, or expulsion from the academy to recognize the complete inadequacy of the movie star attacking the award moderator on national television.

Smith enrolled in the Dolby Theater as the presumed winner of the Oscar for the Leading Actor Award. He was almost certain that he would have the opportunity to summon a comedian in a way that would consolidate his victory, while paying homage to his wife’s courage. , He resorted to violence, expressed a bit of remorse, and danced the rest of the night at the vanity fair afterparty (if a white Oscar winner attacked a black celebrity during a television broadcast, the audience already won the prize. It seems that you are requesting to return.)

Men and women share happy moments in Oscar.

Will Smith shares a moment with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, after being announced on Sunday to win the “King Richard” Leading Actor Award.

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Beyond the confusion between “Moonlight” and “Lalaland” in 2017, assault could further pollute Oscar and accelerate the decline in the importance of pop culture in the sky. When people look back at the 94th Academy Awards, they’re embarrassed by the seemingly nominated films — they have won the lead actress (Jessica Chastain) and director (Jane Campion), and the winner (Troy Kotul,). You will forget which movie (“CODA”) made history by Ariana Devose. It’s very likely that you remember Smith and “slap”. That one impulsive act obscured all the positive moments of the night.

The incident also marks a new dark chapter that has reached new heights for Sunday in Smith’s illustrious career. In “King Richard,” he performed spectacularly in a movie he also produced. He published a best-selling memoir last fall. And he was an important force behind turning his acting career comedy lunch pad “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” into the acclaimed dramatic series “The Fresh Prince”.

Therefore, it is particularly disturbing that it was Smith’s anger that made Oscar angry. Since his beginnings as a rapper and network comedy star, Smith has overcome the obstacles faced by black actors: racism, and projects such as “Ali,” “Pursuit of Happiness,” and “King Richard” have been his. Has repeatedly shown that is not just a pretty face.

Despite what’s happening under the surface of Smith’s reaction, his actions have proved embarrassing to everyone involved: Smith, his family, the academy, the audience who cheered him, follow him. Even the presenter, who annoyedly tried to downplay the incident (on his side, Locke quickly recovered and moved on, maintaining his composure instead of engaging in Smith’s ongoing cry from the audience. did.)

Anthony Hopkins tweeted, “Smith speaks for itself,” when he awarded the Best Actress Award. “Let’s have peace, love and tranquility.” Sean “Didi” Combs — Not a stranger. — After a slap, I went up to the stage and equipped, “Will and Chris, we’re going to solve this like a family at a gold party.”

During the award show, one man comforts another.

Bradley Cooper on the left comforts Will Smith during a commercial break at Oscar on Sunday.

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That embarrassment forces us to leverage the wider community of Black Hollywood and Smith’s corps of Black fans, even if it’s limited to second-hand varieties. Rather than a tribute to one of the brightest and most lasting stars in the industry, Sunday’s Academy Awards are now one Smith’s and Ceremony’s low points — and a night that should have been proud. , I changed it to a night that can only be called “notorious”.

Smith secretly said he wanted the academy to “recall me” at the end of the acceptance speech. Under normal circumstances, that is certain. The statuette he had puts him straight in the hall of the Oscar royal family. question. But if the academy wants to set up a shame hall, Smith could be one of its first members.

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