The Quest to Ruin Will Smith

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Will Smith made headlines earlier this year at the Academy Awards when he walked on stage and slapped the comedian, Chris Rock, who told a joke about his wife’s hair. Jada Pinkett-Smith, has alopecia, a disease that disproportionately affects women of African descent. Walking onto the Academy Awards stage and slapping a comedian for a joke is indefensible. It is especially bad that it was done by an entertainment industry veteran like Smith. Smith should have had better control over his emotions. With that said, after the incident, Smith has sincerely and publicly apologized to the comedian, condemned his behavior, and been handed a curiously draconian ban, which prevents him from attending the Academy Awards ceremony for a whole decade. However, there are still some people who are insisting that they are going to boycott his movies going forward, including his latest movie, Emancipation. This is simply reflective of how many people wish to aggressively punish rich black celebrities for the slightest mistakes.