by Shelt Garner
Now that we’ve all had some time to think about what happened on Oscar night, I think we need to turn our ire to Vanity Fair. I love the magazine, but for them to allow Will Smith to “get jigging with it” at their afterparty as if nothing happened is a head shaking moment.
If there were going to be any consequences for Smith, it was going to be the night of the event. For Vanity Fair to lulz such a shocking act of violence after the event itself only gives gist to the Right wing nut jobs who want to burn everything to the ground and take the liberal elite with it.
In fact, had Vanity Fair barred Smith from their party, that would have at least been some sort of accountability for Smith. In fact, that might have hurt Smith a lot more than anything else Hollywood could think up. As it is, Smith still has his Oscar and he still has the largely positive memories of what happened.
So, this is all proof that we live in a post-accountability era. Smith is going to get away with it without any consequences and the whole event will fade. Just like Trumplandia, The Slap will be something we all saw happen in real time and…yet…nothing really happened because of it.
There may be some subtle changes in society here and there, but The Slap at the moment is completely value free.