The Oscars are always known for causing the odd controversy that has left fans around the world in hysteria or fear. During the final awards ceremony, “Best Actor” Will Smith took charge, who killed Chris Rock for using his wife’s bald head as a reference in GIJoe 2. Many players in the NBA endorsed Smith, Kareem Abdul Jabbar has come out to heavily criticize the abuser for doing so.
While stars like Damian Lillard have chosen to vouch for Will Smith to stand up for his wife in exchange for a tacky joke by Chris Rock, Kareem Abdul Jabbar feels the opposite. The NBA legend suggests that this particular incident was not just a slap in the face to rock, but in the face of all men, women, the entertainment industry and the black community.
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“Women Can Defend Themselves” Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock
Now for those who are unaware of the incident, the controversial incident happened after Chris Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s hair and said “I can’t wait for GI Jane 2.For context, Pinkett Smith revealed that she shaved her head because she suffered from alopecia, which led to hair loss. Will Smith was first seen laughing at the joke. But then the veteran actor took the stage to smack Rock in the face. All viewers from the audience and on the television sets were shocked.
Now, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar chose to comment on the massive and raw controversy involving Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock. And let’s just say, you’ll definitely want to know his thoughts.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar said as quoted from Kareem.Substack.com: “(Will) Smith’s slap was also a slap for women. If Rock Pinkett had physically attacked Smith, Smith’s intervention would have been welcome. Or if he stayed in his seat and yelled his post-slap threat, that would have been unnecessary but understandable. But by slapping Rock, he proclaimed that his wife was unable to fight back — against words. From what I’ve seen of Pinkett Smith over the years, she’s a very capable, tough, smart woman who can single-handedly deal with a lame joke at the Oscars.”
If we’re being honest here, we can’t help but agree with NBA Hall of Famer and legend Abdul-Jabbar on this point.
Yes, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith were entitled to feel the anger they did. But not only could the pair have simply called back with verbal messages of their own, but the latter is strong enough to fight back. Given that jokes are beyond all bounds on several occasions, but hitting one with such fury on national and global television certainly went well beyond imagination and integrity.
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