where is that line that was apparently crossed last night?

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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.

Much Love

Rachel xx

7 thoughts on “where is that line that was apparently crossed last night?

  1. Margot Kinberg

    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……

    1. patientandkindlove

      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.

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