Look, I think this whole thing around Will is none of my business, so I’m not going to bother talking about what he did and how he did it.
In fact, I don’t want to dedicate a lot of time to this at all. I just have a few things to point out:
However he did it, the fact that a man defended his wife is being made into a public spectacle.
Can you imagine this happening 100 years ago? I can’t. Probably no one would have thought twice about it. And if there was a little hot temper involved, oh well, people knew you didn’t say things about other people’s wives in front of them. In fact, you didn’t make personal remarks at all, you know why? Because even if it seems like a joke, some people are going to use it to mock them, and it’s not funny then. IT was just a rule of polite society not to open people up to public mockery, and I frankly miss that rule. I have never seen it end well when it’s discarded at churches, schools, or anywhere else.
2. Whatever happened, how is it any of our business?
Think about it, are we going to make Will Smith regret his actions? Probably not. Are we making what the guy on stage said okay? No one’s talking about that?
What exactly are we getting so worked up about anyway? That our peer pressure can’t micromanage every actor in the world into the small little bubble of acceptable behavior that one of us can agree on anyway?
Yeah, so much for freedom of expression. I guess not if you’re a celebrity.
I mean, no one’s asking if the dude who said the thing should have the freedom to make such jokes about people just because he’s a comedian. I’ve never found it funny anyway. Maybe because I got made fun of for things I couldn’t help about my appearance when I was younger. Or maybe because…it’s just not funny. What exactly is so funny about people’s looks, unless they are deliberately trying to look silly? Think about it.
3. Are we all qualified to pass judgement?
How many of us are going to be in Will’s position, where our SO is being humiliated in front of other people and we have to make a judgment call about it?
Would we have the guts to defend them in any way, let alone the right way?And how many men would have kept it chill at that point?
Is Will Smith above being human, now? Is he somehow not subject to anger or embarrassment or guilt?
I’m not saying it was good or bad, again, just asking why we all think we should just say this?
Because, slapping someone is not a crime. Sorry. Maybe it’s not good…but there’s not exactly a rule book for it, is there?
4. People think it was unprofessional.
I totally agree, it’s better to be real classy and ignore your wife’s feelings being hurt so that the dude talking about it has the green light to do it again.
Again, maybe there’s another way to handle things, but we can’t always pick and choose our spotlight. Would it be right if it was in private?
And maybe the comedian just shouldn’t be allowed to say things like that, again. Isn’t that inappropriate also?
So yeah, I guess that sums up my thoughts on it.
It’s true, maybe no one cares about my opinion either. But then why should any of us care about theirs? And why should Will Smith?
I’m making a better case for leaving it alone than anyone is making for gossiping about it, which, by the way, if you are a Christian, gossiping is unbibilical. And so is publicly harming people in this manner.
I’m not standing up for Will Smith so much as decrying the whole cultural concept that thinks this is okay, it’s disgusting. And he’s just one instance of it. It bothers me in politics as well as with other public figures. Ew.
Of course I open myself up to the same treatment by putting myself on line, but that’s kind of lie the argument that women open themselves up to being assaulted by stepping outside their doors without a man.
They both have to do this to do their jobs, usually, and, just because we have to take the risk doesn’t make the jerks who take advantage of it not guilty. That sounds like something guilty people would say.
So yeah, anyone who uses the excuse that Will is a celebrity and so has opened himself up to public scrutiny as an excuse to publicly flog him for this…you’re basically using the same loci as those jerks who say women’s clothes make it okay to harass them. Hope you’re proud of yourselves.
And if that offends you…
Uh…why should I care? I’m not a celebrity.
And that’s about all I have to say about it. My biggest hope from this post is just that I got someone to think twice about why we do this, and if it’s really okay, I’m not expecting to get a whole movement going here.
After all, I’m not ABC news.
Signing off, and stay honest– Natasha Queen.