Where is the line
That runs through our bodies
And marks the point where we handle it well
And where sometimes we don’t?
What is the right way
To act when we hurt?
When the nerves are frayed
And the cameras are on,
When the jokes are told?
So the Oscars were quite interesting weren’t they? And all of the interest came from one particular moment when a joke was told and somebody reacted ‘badly’.
But I don’t know who is allowed to judge what is a bad reaction? And who is allowed to say when we are allowed to react and what jokes are allowed to be told?
I think that last night showed us that people are unpredictable and we never know what is bubbling away underneath. Will Smith is always so unruffled and the joker. And then, last night we saw something completely out of character.
It was interesting what he said afterwards, that it’s hard to be a celebrity and to constantly take abuse from people and always be expected to just laugh it off – but sometimes it just hurts too much.
I guess that we get that a little bit as a teacher. Students think that we are emotionless robots that stand up and take their crap and that it doesn’t hurt. But it really does.
Teachers can’t go and lamp one of their students when they’ve had enough, but I think that we saw how even the toughest of people can crack if you apply enough pressure. So perhaps we should learn to be a little nicer.
7 thoughts on “where is that line that was apparently crossed last night?”
I think what Will Smith did was completely unexpected, Rachel, that’s the truth. And I do think you have a point that we don’t always know what pressure people are under; it’s got to be tremendous. I don’t condone what he did, and certainly not what Chris Rock said. They were both out of line if you ask me. It does go to show you that you never do know……
Exactly. I think some of these presenters go out of their way to be as shocking as possible – and sometimes it’s just nasty. But to actually get up on stage and hit someone is next level.
My first thought when seeing Will Smith’s face is that he is not himself.
He was definitely looking as though he was very distressed by the time he received his award.
Humor is risky. But it can afford to be kinder.
I think that some of these presenters do need to learn when to rein it in a bit!