Is Will Smith a victim of cancel culture?

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  1. Lone Wolf Prime profile image78
    Lone Wolf Primeposted 2 years ago
    For those of you who probably haven't heard, Will Smith has been losing movie roles lately due to his infamous slap at the Oscars earlier this year.   Chris Rock told a "GI Jane" joke towards Will's wife while onstage at the Oscars before presenting the next award.   Needless to say, his joke didn't go over well with Jada, who suffers from some rare disease that causes baldness.  Long story short, Will went up on stage, and slapped Chris Rock on live TV, and then proceeded to curse at Chris Rock from a distance saying "Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!"   Needless to say in spite of winning an Oscar for his performance in "King Richard" this year, all his movie projects that he had in the works from another "Bad Boys' sequel to many others have all either been delayed indefinitely, to some rumored to be outright cancelled. 

    Needless to say since Will's act of slapping Chris Rock, this has opened the flood gates for other comedians to be attacked on stage during their comedic performances since.  Dave Chappelle recently was attacked at his latest comedy show by a fan that didn't find his jokes to be particularly in good tastes.   However, many feel that Will Smith did nothing wrong, and how the slap is only between him and Chris Rock.  They go onto say that Will is simply a victim of cancel culture, and shouldn't lose his movie roles over his slapping of Chris Rock.

    My thoughts are first of all anyone who says Will is a victim of cancel culture doesn't know what that is.  I too am against cancel culture, but the reason Will is losing his movie roles or having them delayed I should say for the time being has nothing to do with cancel culture.  Cancel culture is essentially canceling a person, movie, music, or whatever because it/he/she/they offend their sensibilities in today's era.  Take "Gone with the Wind" for example.   When "Gone with the wind" was produced, it was a byproduct of it's time, as most films are, but it was nearly taken off HBO Max a year or so ago because some found it's portrayal of slavery to be racially offensive.  Now THAT is an example of cancel culture attacking someone or something. 

    Will Smith is just a dumbass that took a joke way too personal, and instead of confronting Chris like a man, he chose to make a scene on live TV thinking he'd get away with it.  That's not being a victim of cancel culture.  That's an example of a man being cancelled because he's a dumbass that did a dumbass thing.   That's bottom line on that, but maybe I'm wrong.  What do you guys think?   

    Do you think I'm right in that Will Smith is not a victim of cancel culture, but rather his own stupidity and ignorance?  Or do you think he is a victim of cancel culture? Or do you think it's more complicated than that? please discuss.

    1. GA Anderson profile image90
      GA Andersonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, you nailed it: He did a dumbass thing. However, I think you are splitting hairs in your determination of whether he was "canceled" or not.

      He canceled himself. I don't see the difference between Smith and your Gone With The Wind example.


      1. Lone Wolf Prime profile image78
        Lone Wolf Primeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I'll admit my "gone with the wind" example wasn't the best comparison.  Perhaps I should've used the example of when people were demanding Dave Chappelle's sticks and stones comedy act should be taken off Netflix all because he told jokes that offended some people.   Thankfully Netflix ignored these people but still.  People did try to get that special off Netflix especially on Twitter.   

        Either way I think we both can agree will Smith did this to himself.   It's sad because normally when an actor gets an Oscar for acting in a movie, it usually creates more acting roles for that actor but not this time.   

        I do think will Smith can bounce back though especially if you have idiots saying he's a victim when he's not.    However how long that will take will depend on him.  Plus I still feel Chris Rock is going to sue him eventually.   I could be wrong but based on Chris Rocks recent comment, "I don't want to talk about that night until I get paid", I tend to think that he will sue will Smith eventually

        1. GA Anderson profile image90
          GA Andersonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          That is a testament to today's mentality, ". . . until I get paid." What happened to a response of a punch in the nose instead of a text to a lawyer?


          1. IslandBites profile image89
            IslandBitesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            "Are We a Nation of Laws or Not?"

            1. wilderness profile image94
              wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Given the current effort to illegally influence a SCOTUS decision by (again illegally) demonstrating outside their homes, all without response from law enforcement, it seems that we are not.

            2. GA Anderson profile image90
              GA Andersonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Sure we are. I claim self-defense. You slap me first and I will punch you second. But, I am a civilized man, so I will give you a second to explain before I punch you in the nose.


              1. IslandBites profile image89
                IslandBitesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Nah, he acted a professional. He saved the show and kept it cool. I'm sure he was joking when he said that. But if the wasnt, good for him. Btw, "get paid" doesnt have to be a lawsuit, it could mean a paid interview.

                Like I said, good for him.

                1. GA Anderson profile image90
                  GA Andersonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  I like how he handled it too.

                  An interview? Sure, it's as possible as my 'lawsuit' assumption.



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