The Slap Heard ‘Round the World

R. A. S.
7 min readMar 28, 2022
Everybody hates Chris.

In a moment that usurped the cringe-inducing Moonlight/La La Land mix-up, the tone-deaf and self-indulgent George Clooney speech, and even the butchering of Idina Menzel’s name by John Travola, Will Smith went ahead and slapped Chris Rock in the face in front of millions of viewers. I feel pretty bad that the entire evening was dedicated to that moment, because I really enjoyed Coda and was glad a nice little movie like that won Best…

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