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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Revisit Will Smith’s slap and what it means to protect a loved one

It took less than a nanosecond before The Slap was seen around the world. It took a little longer – about two weeks – before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to ban Will Smith from appearing at another Oscar awards ceremony.

But missing from the madness that consumed social media and mainstream channels over that infamous night was a constructive discussion about the idea of ​​protection – and how race plays a role in the perceptions of both the protectors and the protected.

As a scholar of African-American culture, philosophy, and history, I believe The Slap invites us to reconsider the power of relationships between partners and spouses. It also highlights the insecure lives of black girls and women due to failures to protect them.

The nature of protection

Most people agree that “protection” means defending someone or something against harm.

The way parents strive to defend their children from harm is a type of protection.

So too are actions at the heart of the origins of American street gangs, which were initially formed by people who abandoned the state and left defenseless from harm. Admittedly, this is an aspect of American history that is often forgotten or unknown to the general public.

“To swing (v.),” Writes Danielle Allen of Harvard University, is “to protect ‘your’ grassland and use your power to prey on the vulnerable to make a profit and those ‘you call your own’ to support.

The Slap represents a third genre of protection: men who declare themselves as their spouse’s protector.

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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Iris Marion Young, the late feminist philosopher and scholar of democracy, wrote a provocative essay entitled “The Logic of Masculinist Protection.”

Powerful men, she wrote, often justify their expressions of all-encompassing, paternalistic authority as acts to protect women and children from predators that, if left unchecked, would belittle, despise and, in the worst case, destroy those children and women.

Young maintained that a male protector presents himself as a “courageous, responsible, and virtuous man.”

“The ‘good’ man,” she continued, “is someone who remains vigilant about the safety of his family and readily ventures into the face of outside threats to protect the inferior members of his household.”

However, this logic collapses when the protector’s vision of the family and his needs does not reflect reality.

A calling from God

Is chivalry dead or not worth saving?

Clearly, Smith believes that chivalry is not dead and worth saving. Born in the medieval era that ended in the 1400s, chivalry is the romanticized dream of a knight in shiny armor rescuing a girl in distress.

A well-dressed Black man slaps another well-dressed Black man.
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage during the 94th Annual Oscars on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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The girl in this case was Jada Pinkett Smith, and jokes about her almost bald head by Chris Rock were not funny, but rather tone deaf, given her battle with alopecia. It is known that the condition causes hair loss.

A clue as to why Will Smith chose open violence against Chris Rock in the name of his wife lies in the opening of his Oscars best actor acceptance speech.

In the movie “King Richard”, Smith played the role of Richard Williams, the father of professional tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

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Smith said Williams often had to defend his daughters – as Smith explained he had to do while shooting the movie to protect his co-stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton.

Smith then described a calling from God.

“At this time in my life,” Smith explained, “I am overwhelmed in this moment by what God is calling me to do and be in this world… I am called in my life to love and protect people. and to be a river for my people. ”

Who is watching the protector?

In the Smith case, it appears that people who are objects of protection do not always have a say in the actions of their declared protectors.

When Smith heard Rock Rock’s alleged joke, he looked at his wife, walked up and delivered The Slap, sat down again and then twice shouted an obsession against Rock.

In fact, one’s role as a protector does not mean that one’s intentions are driven by love, chivalry or support.

In my opinion, what Jada needed most from her husband – like all people – was support and love, not deceived male protection issued under the guise of love.

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