The Will Smith Oscars Incident Astounded Quebecers On Twitter
Here's some of what people are saying.
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Despite some cause for local celebration, the on-stage altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock is dominating the conversation surrounding the 2022 Oscars everywhere, including Quebec.
The confrontation occurred after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's baldness while presenting the award for Best Documentary, saying he looked forward to "G.I. Jane 2." (Pinkett Smith has been open about her experience with alopecia.)
Will Smith then climbed the steps of the stage and appeared to smack Chris Rock in the face. Broadcasters muted Smith as he returned to his seat and yelled back at Rock, but unedited clips circulating on social media show the Best Actor winner telling the presenter to "keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!"
Now, conversations are swirling about the incident, its consequences and the racial and gender implications of both the act itself and commentary on it.
Locally, the moment spurred confusion, empathy and criticism on social media, including, as Narcity Québec reports, from Quebec-based celebrities, journalists and television personalities.
Comedian Mike Ward asked, "How can you win an Oscar and end your career on the same night?"
How can you win an #Oscar and end your career on the same night? Bravo Will Smith.— Mike Ward (@Mike Ward) 1648440257
"The Oscars, what a hit!" actor Louise Latraverse wrote punningly.
Many, including host and author Geneviève Pettersen, criticized Smith's actions as an example of toxic masculinity.
Je pense \u00e0 \u00e7a. Mais je pense aussi que les femmes noires sont tr\u00e8s tr\u00e8s souvent insult\u00e9es et \u00e7a passe dans le beurre. \u00c7a reste marqu\u00e9 de masculinit\u00e9 toxique, mais la misogynoire nuance le tableau.— Roxane Nadeau (@Roxane Nadeau) 1648472491
"So a dude punches another one in the face in full TV because he laughed at his wife, aka his thing, and then bim bam boom the honour of the man's possession must be preserved," Pettersen wrote.
Ark \u00e0 tout' l'osti de bro-code pas rapport de gagneux de duels de "on insulte pas la femme de bla bla bla"... Sortez du Moyen \u00e2ge.— L\u00e9a Str\u00e9liskyiv \ud83d\udc9b\ud83d\udc99 (@L\u00e9a Str\u00e9liskyiv \ud83d\udc9b\ud83d\udc99) 1648439869
"Get out of the Middle Ages," Léa Stréliskyiv wrote.
Others, however, have pointed to Rock's comment as an example of misogyny targeting Black women.
The patriarchy, its possessiveness of women, its violence and its ego trips are. not. romantic.— Emilie Nicolas (@Emilie Nicolas) 1648438428
In an interview on Radio-Canada's Tout un matin Monday morning, columnist Émilie Nicolas raised concerns about problematic messages the violent act might have sent to viewers, especially men.
Nicolas called the incident "complex" and said she expected it would become the subject of podcasts and papers trying to unpack the nuanced cultural and social elements at play within it.
Est-ce qu\u2019on vient de vivre \u00e7a???? #oscars— Isabelle Racicot (@Isabelle Racicot) 1648434516
Many social media users seemed to be mostly dumbfounded.