Forbes contributor: Will Smith’s Oscar slap ‘rooted in white supremacist culture’

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It turns out that the Will Smith slapping incident is not merely Donald Trump’s fault. It’s the result of white supremacy that somehow permeates the very liberal, super progressive entertainment sector.

That appears to be the conclusion of Forbes contributor Maia Niguel Hoskin who writes for the news outlet in the diversity, equity, and inclusion category.

Hoskin’s essay claims, in part:

“Some argue that this is not about Will Smith and Chris Rock being Black or Will Smith ‘setting Black people back.’ This is about a much larger systemic issue rooted in white supremacist culture designed to police the behavior of Blacks amongst the who’s who in Hollywood and beyond. Respectability politics suggest that equity and fair treatment require that Black people — both inside and outside of Hollywood — conduct ourselves in a manner deemed acceptable to whites.

“Furthermore, expressing any emotion other than complacence, apathy, or agreeance directly violates those norms, disqualifying Black people from receiving the same equitable treatment that whites enjoy as a birthright. And sadly, there is a large group of Blacks who have internalized this toxic messaging,” the author and activist who says she teaches graduate-level courses in counseling added.

Many observers maintain, however, that the incident at the Oscars, which the Academy says is under investigation, was primarily the result of a tawdry family dynamic in which an individual might feel emasculated by the highly publicized, independent social life of his spouse. Comedian Rock, the recipient of the slap, was only collateral damage.

“Will Smith believed he could reclaim his manhood in the eyes of his wife and the public by assaulting a much smaller man,” Breitbart’s John Nolte theorized.

Interest in, and thus viewership of, these typically self-congratulatory, virtue-signaling awards ceremonies are steadily declining; most of the world saw the Smith-Rock confrontation after the fact, via social media.

In the meantime, Rock is winning praise for staying composed as well as refraining from any obvious follow-up jokes that suggested themselves in the situation.

Parenthetically, fading SiriusXM radio host and Joe Biden fanboy Howard Stern, who used to invite the 45th president — when he was a real estate mogul and reality TV host — on his show all the time, claimed that “Will Smith and Trump are the same guy.”

In response to the Forbes article, the college professor seems to be getting schooled on Twitter. Here is just a small sampling:


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