Everyone is talking about the slap seen around the world at the Oscars on Sunday night. It all started with a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith appeared to be laughing at first, but seconds later he walked up to the stage and slapped Rock. He returned to his seat and shouted profanities at Rock.
Detroit native Mike Bonner is a comedian and performer -- he is friends with Rock. He has thrown a few comedic jabs himself.
“That was out of hand. That, walking across the thing and strutting to the stage and slapping Chris Rock would cost you $20 million if it was me,” Bonner said.
Dr. Margarita Gurri, CSP is a psychologist and expert in bad behavior.
“We’re not allowed, just because someone else crossed the line, to be violent, mean, or uncivil. Ever. It’s not OK,” Gurri said.
She said it’s not OK to initiate violence in any circumstance.
“The simplicity in this is it’s never OK to be mean or harm somebody in response to what they say or do. Never. Unless you’re defending a life. That’s it,” Gurri said.
There’s also the idea of being a public figure and all that comes with it, especially if you are internationally known and renowned. Take Ricky Gervais, who makes sport of pointed jabs at the Hollywood elite during his numerous stints as an award show host. It’s almost expected. But nobody has punched him in the face for calling them a pervert, pedophile, or calling out struggles with drug addiction.
“Some people are so tempted to slap. I know your hand gets twitchy, right?” Gurri said. “It doesn’t help anybody. Don’t do it.”