Now, on to my post. This is not my typical blog post. But it has been swirling around in my mind the last few weeks, so it was time to write about it.
Unless you live under a rock or completely avoid TV and social media, you’ve heard by now that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the end of March during the Academy Awards ceremony. I am not a big Oscar’s fan; I never watch them. I will usually read who won what, but most of the time, I have never even heard of the movies that have been nominated for the different awards. I am not going to get into the logistics of who was right and who was wrong or who was more wrong, etc. They are both in the wrong. Chris Rock should definitely not have made fun of Jada and her medical condition, and Will Smith most certainly should not have slapped him for it. Something I used to tell my children (my own and the ones I cared for over the years); “It is okay to be angry. It is not okay to smack someone when you’re angry”. So that is all I am going to say about that.
What I want to comment on is that over the last several years, the Academy Awards have seemed to lose a lot of their popularity and have been declared irrelevant and out of touch by many different individuals and groups. I even saw comments that people would not have even known they were on if it weren’t for the “slap heard round the world”. So, now, more than a month after the ceremony, I still cannot go a single day without hearing or seeing something about it. I would say it’s the first time I have known anyone (in my lifetime) to still be talking about the ceremony more than a day or two after it happened. So, at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, what if this is all some huge publicity ploy? What if this is a way to make the awards relevant again and gain people’s attention? Has anyone else had these thoughts? Just tossing this out to see what others have been thinking about the situation.