After watching the video of Will Smith smacking Chris Rock after the comedian told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, how would you complete the line: Men Behaving _________?
Some commend Will Smith for “protecting his wife,” calling what he did, “beautiful,” “manly.”
Some criticize Will Smith for “toxic masculinity.”
Some commend Chris Rock for showing restraint and maturity for not smacking back and for not pressing charges (at least not yet).
Some criticize Chris Rock for bad taste in joking about someone’s health.
What do you think? What adverb would you use to complete the sentence?
I think I’ll go with the title of the British sitcom – “Men Behaving Badly.”
And I think it applies to both men.
I’m not saying they are bad men – just that their behavior was bad.
Maybe both men need to take a step back for a little re-evaluation.
Chris Rock: I’ve always cringed at jokes that target health issues of people. I just don’t see Jesus doing that. Or maybe it was because I received my share of “teasing” as a kid for my speech impediment.
Will Smith: Well, what he did was assault. I wonder if we have fallen asleep to basic standards of human decency and civility. Our leaders have been openly cruel and mean and in so doing have given us permission to be and do the same. This is where we are.
In his speech after receiving the Oscar for actor for his role in “King Richard” (Loved that movie!), Will said, “I’m being called on in my life, to love people and to protect people.” And then he said this: “Love will make you do crazy things.”
Will Smith, Nope. Just ask a victim of abuse whose abuser uses that same line.
We all can do better. And hopefully, when we know better, we will do better (Thank you, Maya Angelou).