Not even 24 hours have gone by, and it is being dubbed “the smack heard ’round the world.” Even those who have no use for or interest in what goes on in Hollywood have been treated to a nonstop account of what happened at this year’s Academy Awards on Sunday night.
As host comedian Chris Rock prepared to announce the nominees for best documentary, Rock made a joke about actor Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s, bald head.
As you probably know by now, it did not go over well with Smith, who promptly made his way to the stage and slapped Rock on live TV.
But neither Rock or Smith are to blame for the violent outburst.
No, in this post-2016 world, you can probably guess who is really to blame.
Why yes, it’s Donald Trump’s fault!
So did like anyone walk out after that happened??? Or are we getting an independent psychological case study on how Trump got normalized?
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 28, 2022
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The Mental Pretzel-Twisting Of A Never Trumper
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Usually, one does not have to go far to find anyone with Trump Derangement Syndrome in Hollywood. Sunday night, Hollywood did not even have to look amongst itself.
Former CNN analyst and former special agent for the FBI Asha Rangappa took her turn as unofficial Never Trumper to the stars to tweet out this display of mental gymnastics:
“so did anyone walk out after that happened??? Or are we getting an independent psychological case study on how Trump got normalized?”
Granted it is hard to get in the minds of these people, but if we take a shot at translating this word salad, we might safely assume that what Rangappa means is, because former President Donald Trump is such a violent individual, that during his four years in office, he just conditioned all of us to just accept this insane level of violence, of millionaires smacking each other like it’s just another day in Chicago or something.
But in an attempt to clean up the mess, Rangappa then explained that she wasn’t comparing Smith to Trump.
Rather, she was comparing everybody else in the room – almost 100% Trump-hating Hollywood liberals – to Trump.
If you’re confused, fear not. She probably is too.
The MAGA hate emails have begun, which tells me that the below tweet has made its way to the Breitbart ecosystem.🙄
The sad part is that they are so stupid they don’t realize I’m not comparing Smith to Trump, I’m comparing the audience to them https://t.co/rKvYVZJeOO
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 28, 2022
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Disagree With Biden=Terrorism
This is not the first time that Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) has prompted an inane statement from Asha Rangappa. Back in November of 2021, a journalist claimed that a Southwest Airlines pilot had used the euphemism “Let’s go Brandon” at the end of his overhead announcement before a flight.
This was nothing short of the equivalent of the pilot declaring allegiance to ISIS for Rangappa. She tweeted,
As an experiment, I’d love for an @SouthwestAir pilot to say “Long live ISIS” before taking off. My guess is that 1) the plane would be immediately grounded; 2) the pilot fired; and 3) a statement issued by the airline within a matter of hours
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 31, 2021
Needless to say, Rangappa got a bit of blowback for her ridiculous comments. Sen. Ted Cruz was nice enough to explain to Rangappa that no, those two things were not alike.
.@cnn is deranged.
And no, as a factual matter, supporting genocidal religious zealots is not the same as disagreeing with the current President. https://t.co/bOM7ptYULS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 31, 2021
Others were not so nice and suggested Rangappa seek psychiatric help immediately.
— Change Illinois (@changeillinois) March 28, 2022
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Staged Or Real?
The Oscar slap fight between Chris Rock and Will Smith will forever have a question mark beside it as there is plenty of speculation on social media that the whole thing was a staged publicity stunt.
Bottom line, Rock, Smith, and nearly everyone else that was in the room are actors. They get paid millions of dollars to pretend to be someone else, and they crave attention. The Oscars used to be a chance for average Americans to see their favorite film stars, dressed to the nines in beautiful gowns and tuxedos, and win awards for great work.
Not anymore. It has become nothing more than a platform for multimillionaires to lecture the rest of us on things like gun control and climate change, while they fly around on privet jets with armed security guards.
Americans got tired of being lectured to by elicit hypocrites and have turned off the Oscars and other award shows. Ratings have been falling steadily for the past few years. What better way to get people to watch than a bit of controversy?
A small price to pay for a ratings boost?
The night was not a total loss for Will Smith however, since moments after the slap, he won the Oscar for best actor for his role as Venus and Serena Williams’ father in “King Richard.” Depending on who you are, sometimes bad behavior has its rewards.