Oscars’ ‘punishment’ for Will Smith slap is pathetic and weak

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The morons who run the Oscars gave Will Smith a tremendous present on Friday.

For violently assaulting comedian Chris Rock onstage in entrance of hundreds of thousands of viewers after Rock made a crack about Smith’s spouse Jada Pinkett Smith, the 53-year-old actor was banned from the subsequent 10 years of Academy Awards ceremonies.

We ought to all be so fortunate!

Smith, who handled a glamorous primetime telecast like 2 a.m. at a roadside bar in Wichita, egregiously will get to maintain the shiny Best Actor statuette he received for “King Richard,” now certainly nestled on the shelf subsequent to his 10 hard-won Kids’ Choice Awards. 

No legal prices have been filed towards the actor for storming as much as one other man, slapping him so onerous it made a noise in a 3,400-seat theater and then yelling, “Get my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!” on reside TV.

And, if its present inaction is any indication, the FCC will let him be.

Imagine how tough this case should be for this poor A-lister. Smith’s web value is $350 million, and he’s been nursing his emotional wounds in a $42 million mansion in Calabasas, California. The 1,500-thread-count Egyptian cotton mattress sheets are certainly stained with tears. And he should be working out of Krug, too drained to ask his personal assistant to go purchase extra. These are hardships you and I might scarcely fathom.

The slap heard ’around the world.
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And now Smith’s solely consequence from the Academy for an offense that may get nearly anyone else on this planet a go to from a policeman and the ax from their employer is that he can’t attend the Oscars for a decade. (Smith, himself, selected to resign from the Academy.) 

This … is a punishment?

Bear in thoughts that Smith isn’t precisely Meryl Streep, with a reserved seat on the Oscars prefer it’s a standing desk at Rao’s. “King Richard” was his first Academy Award nomination of any type since 2007’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” 15 years in the past. The solely photographic proof of Smith attending the Academy Awards for any motive since 2010 was when he was a presenter in 2014.  

You see, banning Will Smith from the Oscars is like banning me from the health club: I wasn’t planning on going anyway. The health club is boring and pushes me to my restrict. So do the Oscars. Smith makes status films as usually as I do pushups, and he doubtless would by no means have been nominated once more. This ban is completely meaningless.

Smith throughout his acceptance speech for Best Actor on the 2022 Oscars.
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But, what did we anticipate from our hypocritical Hollywood overlords? 

Isn’t it so typical how, when not violently assaulting comedians or committing heinous #MeToo crimes, filmmakers lecture us advert nauseam about our conduct and our beliefs and our accountability in our regular world that they present such disdain for, once they deal with their very own enormously unstable neighborhood like a kindergarten filled with toddlers who nonetheless can’t tie their sneakers? Today, they despatched teary Little Willy to the time-out nook. That’s it.

If you wanted extra proof that celebrities don’t consider that they’re beholden to the identical fundamental guidelines that you simply and I are, right here it is, of us!

Now, Will Smith will get the pleasure of doing what most Americans do already: not watching the Oscars.