LRO 339: “Will Smith at the Oscars: A Slap in the Face for Love”


When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)

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LRO 339
27th April 2022


Will Smith at the Oscars: A Slap in the Face for Love
Colin Wright | Nottingham, UK

I hesitate to write this for fear of merely adding to the deafening roar of social media chatter about this incident. Yet another opinion about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars? Just what the world does not need! Nevertheless, perhaps we can cut through all the celebrity gossip and virtue-signalling that has proliferated online around this episode, in order to ask ourselves what it might teach us about the spectacle of love today. Smith’s own words invite this: in attempting to explain his actions, he declared that ‘love makes you do crazy things!’. Indeed it does Will. But which kind of love was this, and which craziness?…. [Read full article]

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