For the third day in a row, the ladies of The View talked once again about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. However, this time they decided to focus on how some people are trying to turn the moment into a racial issue.
According to Deadline, Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin brought up the topic, with Goldberg saying, “People keep saying, ‘Oh, they’re going to think of Black people the wrong way.’ Well, let me tell you, they should be looking at us and saying, ‘Oh, okay [Rock] didn’t indulge.’ There’s nothing wrong with what [Rock] did so there’s no reason for anybody to have any issue with Black people. You have an issue with Will Smith and what he did. He doesn’t represent every Black person on the planet.”
Hostin also brought up how she has heard from friends in her circle that they are worried Smith's slap "plays into the narrative that Black people are inherently violent and Black men in particular are dangerous and scary and 'If Will Smith behaves like that then, oh my goodness, that's where Black people are.'"
“I reject that,” she said. “I reject that. What Will Smith did was immature and it was childish and it was violent, but that was on Will Smith and no one else.” She also added that the focus should remain on Rock being victimized in the situation, touching on Rock saying on a podcast how he was bullied as a child.
“My understanding from Chris Rock’s brother Tony Rock is that Will has not appraoched Chris and his family,” she said. To her, Smith should offer “some sort of phone call” instead of just apologizing on Instagram. Goldberg felt that a phone call could happen once the incident dies down in the public eye, but also took people to task for wanting Rock to have responded with violence himself.
"I want to ask people, why do you think [Rock] would have indulged in a brawl on a stage in front of three billion people? Why wouldn't he be the adult?" she said.
With everyone still talking about Smith and Rock, it seems like there’s still more to milk from this story. However, keeping racial stereotypes out of the conversation would go far in helping everyone deal with their feelings about the incident.
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CHRIS ROCK ON BEING BULLIED AS A CHILD: Two months before Will Smith struck him at the #Oscars, Chris Rock recounted on a podcast how a violent incident from childhood impacted him as an adult – #TheView co-hosts and guest co-host @TaraSetmayer discuss. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/YtLxI70rW5
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