We know that had a white male slapped Chris Rock in defense of his wife’s honor, Haddish, Obama, Sharpton, Crump, BLM, the NAACP, and Hill would all be disproportionately outraged. There would be calls for the white actor to be stripped of his award, permanently banned from the Oscars, and jailed for several weeks or months.
None of that will happen to Smith because black elites will and have convinced the establishment that the bad behavior of black people should not be taken seriously. Black Lives Do Not Matter. White perpetrators matter.
— Jason Whitlock
Why do we keep fanning the flames of racism, unnecessarily? Chris Rock vs. Will Smith was a black-on-black event. Why drag race into it at all?
Not that the conservative Whitlock is alone. On the opposite side comes this hot take from Jemele Hill, writing for The Atlantic:
I’m not saying that all Black people agree with Haddish or that all white people agree with Apatow and Stern; one poll found that, across racial lines, most Americans think Smith shouldn’t have slapped Rock. But I can’t help but notice the disproportionate outrage that many people in white America—and many in the Hollywood elite—are showing.
I think what Hill really meant is that if you’re white, you aren’t allowed to have an opinion about one black man slapping another. Because I have read a lot of comments on The Slap Heard ‘Round The World from my friends on Facebook. They’re overwhelmingly white, and I live in a rural part of the South (where racism is, theoretically, at least, much more prevalent than in the enlightened urban areas) and my friends by a very large margin tend to side with Smith, expressing support and even admiration that he “stood up for his wife.”
Personally, I don’t watch the Oscars. I don’t care that Rock insulted Smith’s wife, and I don’t care that Smith slapped Rock. I don’t care whether it was a real slap or whether it was scripted. I don’t care who takes Rock’s side and who takes Smith’s side. But, as an American, I’m really, really tired of seeing our thought influencers try to drag race into every single issue that confronts us. Can we just stop already?