mr. will smith’s striking presenter mr. chris rock will be the subject of many discussions. the discussion can be about violence, the discussion can be about bullying, the discussion can be about open marriage and adultery, and the discussion can be about intellectual property rights. yes. intellectual property rights.
prior to the academy awards, mr. smith published a book. according to the nypost, “last fall, smith released a memoir revealing intimate details about his sex life with wife jada pinkett smith and other women. ” nypost.com mr. smith further announced in a public relations move in “november, in an extremely personal gq cover interview, …that he and pinkett smith now have an open marriage and that the institution for them “can’t be a prison.” “we have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way,” he said.” in an extremely personal gq cover interview smith announced that he and pinkett smith now have an open marriage and that the institution for them “can’t be a prison.” “we have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way,” he said. nypost.com
given these facts, an argument can be made that mr. smith owns the business of publicly humiliating his wife. the issue of an open marriage is one subject to debate. can there be truly be a mutual decision when one party has significantly more bargaining power? after all, mr. smith is super star. and now, an academy award winner for best actor! his wife, while talented, has far less marketability.
thus, when mr. rock made a bad joke in reference to ms. jada pinkett smith’s hairstyle, was mr. smith really angry because someone other than himself humiliated his wife? to the point of the joke, it appeared he had the exclusive license to do so.
when mr. smith charged the stage to strike mr. rock, was he doing so for himself or his wife? if he cared about his wife’s feelings, would it have been more appropriate to get out of his seat and give his wife a hug and kiss and remind her that he loved her?
in sum, if you are a teacher or someone who wants to have an interesting discussion or morals and marriage, the oscar incident is a morality play worthy of discussion.
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