With One Look

“We’re gonna be listening to some music, we’re gonna be dancing,
we’re gonna be singing, we’re gonna be keeping people’s names out of our mouths,
and we’re gonna be giving out awards all throughout the night.
Trevor Noah wrapping up his monologue at the Grammy Awards.

Physical assault is never an answer.  Heck, it’s never even a question.  But a story is a story, so I must reluctantly talk about it.  For those of you who have been living under a rock, let me briefly recount the story of the week.  Yury Medvedev, a Russian colonel, was leading a brigade in the fight to take Ukraine.  I say “was” because during their hurried retreat, his own men ran over him…with a tank!  What could be a bigger story than that?


When I would misbehave as a child, I’d apologize, and Big Mama Masters would roll her eyes and say, “You’re only sorry that you got caught.”  I believe that is why Will Smith is “heartbroken”.  Apparently all gay men turn into their mothers, because I, too, rolled my eyes during the Oscars – not unlike that thespian, Jada Pinkett Smith!  And it bears repeating – Will Smith laughed heartily when Chris Rock implied that Jada could be hired to star in a movie.  Heck, we all laughed at that!  According to onlookers, after the eye roll, Jada leaned back and said something to Will.  Perhaps it was some Scientology trigger right out of The Manchurian Candidate.  What followed was not a crime of passion, because Smith took his time as he strode onto the stage purposely.  The only thing he didn’t say was, “Hold my hoops!”  It may have been the most shocking thing on live TV since Jack Ruby.

As you know, the LAPD spoke to Chris Rock after the “incident”, and he declined to press charges against Smith.  But when the Academy wanted to have Smith ejected, Oscars producer Will Packer made the final decision.  “I immediately went to the Academy leadership that was on-site and said, ‘Chris Rock doesn’t want that.  Rock has made it clear that he does not want to make a bad situation worse.’  That was Chris’ energy.  His tone was not retaliatory, his tone was not aggressively angry.”  Except Chris only said he wouldn’t press charges – he never said he didn’t want Will thrown out.  Plus, ejecting Smith would have set Wanda Sykes up for a priceless moment.  “I wanted to be able to run out and say, ‘Will couldn’t be here tonight…”  Jim Carrey had choice words to say about Will remaining to accept his Oscar.  “I was sickened.  I was sickened by the standing ovation.  I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse.  It really felt like we’re not the cool club anymore.”  Carrey added that if he were in Rock’s place, he would have announced the next morning that he was suing Will Smith for $200 million.


In the midst of all this drama, another black comedian made news by coming out.  In his HBO special, Jerrod Carmichael (from The Carmichael Show) revealed that he’s gay.  He added, “I thought I’d never, ever come out.  At many points I thought I’d rather die than confront the truth of that, to actually say it to people.  Because I know it changes some people’s perceptions of me.”  It should be noted that his special, Rothaniel, was taped in February at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC…and yet news of his sexuality never broke.


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