– Why did Will Smith hit Chris Rock?
– Because he could.
Will Smith would NEVER have done what he did if it were The Rock instead of C-Rock yapping on that podium. But sadly, the Academy engaged the smaller Rock and Will Smith one-slap killed stand-up comedy as we knew it. And then they gave him an Oscar. He went home with the social media applauding him, ignoring how Chris Rock felt and blaming Jada for rolling her eyes so loudly. This is where we’re at, as far as gala events, freedom of speech and role models go. The new normal. What now?