Will Smith’s Oscar “slap”- Who was Disrespected?

Will Smith’s Oscar “slap”- Who was Disrespected?

April 4, 2022 Our Blog 1
Former Inmates for Change will-smith-hits-chris-rock-oscars-2022-ceremony-1024x576 Will Smith's Oscar "slap"- Who was Disrespected?

Over this past week I have listened to many people give their opinions about the 2022 Oscars and Will Smith’s poor decision to respond to Chris Rock’s joke.

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One of the things that stood out to me was the long list of celebrities, mostly rappers and entertainers, who defended Will Smith’s actions. I won’t go down the list, but many of them applauded Will Smith, with the overall theme of, “DISRESPECT” and not being “disrespected” or not allowing people to “play’ with you. I got to thinking about this Respect vs. Disrespect thing and I must say that as an advocate of youth and the formerly incarcerated, I get to hear and debate this issue quite often.

And, I have a few questions for you to comment on:

  1. Was Will Packard DISRESPECTED?
  2. Did Will Smith DISRESPECT Quest Love and his Oscar moment?
  3. Did Will Smith DISPRESCT his career?
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My message to our youth, regarding this particular incident involving two, iconic legends is:

  1. People make mistakes
  2. Study your CONSEQUENCES and not ACTIONS
  3. Violence is never the answer
  4. Conflict resolution and effective communication is critical to self-preservation
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The truth of the matter is that the joke was not an all-time great joke, and if Will Smith would have waited 15 seconds, the world would have forgotten about the joke. Hindsight is 20/20, but having a word with Chris Rock and communicating his issue would have gone over much better, in my opinion. The night was going to memorable, I just hate that it’s now memorable for the wrong reasons.

Will Smith is a tremendously, gifted talent as is Chris Rock. I pray they are able to resolve this issue and move forward with love and humanity, setting the right example for our youth. Let me know your thoughts.

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