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- Chris Rock
- CJ Sheu
- Will Smith
- King Richard
- Jada Pinkett Smith
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Smith was wrong to slap Rock, in public or in private. And Rock and ABC were wrong for approving the joke. But commentators are also wrong for treating this incident the same as they would had all three people involved been White.
White actors have been dominating the Academy Awards for 88 years. This reflects not only the social stereotype embedded in the movie industry, but also the lack of opportunities for actors of color to ascend to the podium of the Oscars.