Stone Age Behavior By Will Smith

Will Smith Hits Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars and reactions are divided.

Erik Engheim

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I remember watching Will Smith in Fresh Prince back in the 1990s. It was one of my favorite show. Especially I loved the chemistry between Smith and his posh step brother Carlton. Smith went on star in a number of high profile Hollywood roles and he always came across as a very nice and respectful guy.

Yet, what Smith did at the Oscars after Chris Rock insulted his wife with a bad joke was wrong. I don’t know to what degree I will judge Smith. Maybe he was in a bad place. Maybe the struggles his wife had gone through with hair loss has been real hard. As an outsider who does not follow celebrity news that is hard to judge.

Thus my focus in this article will not be on Smith himself but the reactions to what he did. I see several women who were impressed by how he “stood up for his wife.” There are some who even say they wish their husband had done that if they were in the same position.

All I can say is: sad. We live in a world where people are so hyped up woke about gender equality, respect for people of different sexual orientation and what not. Yet your wife gets insulted and we are suddenly back in the medieval time period? When the knight donned on his armor and dueled to the death to restore the honor of his lady. Sure, it makes for good cheesy romance novels and Hollywood pictures. But seriously, is that the world we want to live in? Should we bring back pistols at dawn?

I find it slightly disturbing that in 2022, there are still women who thinks that hitting another guy in the face is a good way for a man to display his love and affection for you. What exactly does that teach our children? If somebody insults you or your friend you are to go over and hit them in the face?

No, this is a giant step back towards a more civilized society where we aim to solve our differences without violence. This is a step back to honor culture. Honor culture is a terrible thing. This may look like the gallant version of it, but honor culture is also what leads to oppression of women as to secure the honor of the family. My native Norway was for hundreds of years ruled by honor culture. That was the culture of Vikings…

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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.