The Slap Seen Around The World

Timothy A. Wilson
4 min readMay 16, 2022

Karma is indeed a bitch and both Will Smith and Chris Rock are learning from it. One will have to do penance the other will benefit. I leave it up to you to figure out who is who.

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I didn’t see it, but in a way, I felt Will Smith’s anger and disappointment he had in someone he considered a friend would make such a tasteless joke at his wife’s expense. Smith’s wife, Jada, suffers from alopecia areata. A condition where the immune system destroys hair follicles resulting in baldness. A situation she had been struggling with for some time.

Rock claims he was unaware of Jada’s condition, which I find a bit dubious. First, there is the fact Jada made it known in 2018 that she suffered from alopecia. Second, in his 2009 documentary Good Hair, there is a segment where he discusses hair loss in women with interior designer Sheila Bridges who suffers from alopecia. Rock claims no knowledge of Jada’s battle with alopecia. He may not have, but he should have known better than to make fun of another man’s wife’s looks, especially at such a prestigious event as the Academy Awards.

Will’s slapping of Rock was viewed as a chivalric moment for some. But, instead of telling Rock to keep his wife’s name out of his (expletive) mouth, he should have said: ‘Sir, you have insulted my wife, for which I demand honor. Pistols or swords at dawn and bring your

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Timothy A. Wilson

I am a son, husband, father, grandfather. Have retired from my coaching business. My focus is on learning to be a better writer here at Medium.