I can’t help but notice that they only gave Will Smith his Oscar *after* he physically assaulted a black man.
He was rewarded for enacting whiteness. #OscarsSoWhite
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) March 28, 2022
A day later, along comes Tayo Bero to address the “white outrage” over Smith’s slap (white outrage meaning a tweet from Judd Apatow). And speaking of tweets, Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Ayanna Pressley, both of whom are black, deleted their tweets praising Smith.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 29, 2022
We guess it doesn’t matter that Smith slapped another black man. Nope, it’s still anti-blackness to support Rock in this altercation.
I also find it hard to believe that the same white audiences who consume violence against Black people on screen to an almost fetishistic degree (and are quite happy to have the Academy reward these gratuitously violent projects year after year) are so distraught about an open-palm slap. Again, this kind of performative pearl-clutching is only ever reserved for Black men who mess up.
But white outrage isn’t the only problem. For Black people who have been conditioned to constantly perform the most non-threatening version of themselves in order to retain white approval, the image of a Black man being “violent” in a space notorious for its overwhelming whiteness must have felt like an abomination. The ESPN commentator Stephen A Smith lambasted the actor on Twitter for “staining” the greatest moment of his career, before taking to a video to express his disappointment.
Um … again, we’re sorry for asking, but does Bero know that Smith has become a multimillionaire by starring as the guy dishing out the violence in a whole lot of his movies? Do blacks who buy tickets to “Bad Boys for Life” also consume this violence to a fetishistic degree? Being black has really hindered Smith in his career.