At the time everyone was, like, Jeremy was seriously provoked, yada yada, but if all of us lashed out when things got hard, the world would be a pretty violent place, wouldn’t it? “The Love of my Life” Rosie Walsh
I wasn’t going to write about the Will Smith thing. I am a fan of the movies, but not of award shows, so I skip the pomp and circumstance and look to the internet to get the list of winners. So I didn’t see the slap heard round the world till the next day, and only when my Husband and Daughter told me about it. I didn’t actually see a clip till days later.
But then I was reading a book the other day, and I read the above quoted passage…and I decided it was a sign that I had to say something about the incident.
Do I like jokes that mock people? No, but I have come to terms with most comedians mocking people. That’s what they do. It’s also why I don’t attend a plethora of comedy shows. Ok- I don’t attend most comedy shows because the language is just rank, and while I do have a potty mouth sometimes, cursing in itself doesn’t make things funny- it just makes them unimaginative.
Was the joke funny, mean spirited, or just average? Personally, I didn’t think it was that bad, but I wasn’t the butt of the joke. I also thought it was an average joke at best.
Did Will Smith overreact? Ummm…yeah….
Do I think Will Smith should have utilized my five second rule? Yes. That rule was made for a situation such as this.
What annoys me the most? That Will Smith said that love will make you do crazy things. I get a little worried when people use love as an OK reason to be violent, or anything that might harm someone. This was the most troubling part of the incident for me.
Do I think Will Smith should be cancelled? NO
Do I think Will Smith should be forgiven by the general populace? YES
Do I think that Will Smith is a man that made a mistake? Yes. But I don’t think that means he has to give everything up. He made a mistake in a very large forum- I think he knows he did not act well in this situation.
Do not think that violence is the way to handle things.
We can’t use violence as the first thing we do when faced with a challenging situation.
Should Will Smith voluntarily go to counseling for anger management? YES
Should we all rethink our attitude towards violence and seek out appropriate treatment if violence is our go to? YES
Should we cut down making film and tv and music and art that uses violence as its base? While I don’t like to tell creators what to create, I do worry about the amount of violence that seems to make up art. The real question is, why are people drawn to things that revolve around violence? Think back to whatever art you peruse in your leisure- do you tend to go towards things that are violent?
If we want to listen, read, watch, look at violent imagery more often than not, what does that say about us?
What place does violence hold in our society?
Let’s not focus on the actions of one man in one specific minute- let’s focus on the actions of all of us all the time.