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Maybe Will Smith Has Some Southern In Him After All
When Your Wife, Mother, Sister or Daughter's Honor Is Publicly Defamed, Slapping The Perp Is An Act OfJustice For A MAN To Perform...
Hollywood finally gets one right on gender, albeit no script writer, producer or director was involved. Watch (NSFW) as an entertained Will Smith learns his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith who suffers from an auto-immune deficiency that causes her hair to fall out, is visibly upset at the classless Chris Rock’s joke about her buzz cut. (LANGUAGE WARNING!!)
BOOM! For all those who think Smith shouldda PUNCHED Rock, please reference the most well placed and effective slap in history—that of St. Nichola of Bari (Bishop of Myra) slapping the heretic Arius. ‘Membah, CRUSADER Knights, we vow with our fortunes and sacred honor the defense of women and children.
"I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word, I will defend those who cannot defend themselves, I will honor and respect women, and refute sexism in all its guises, I will uphold justice by being fair to all, I will be faithful in love and loyal in friendship, I will abhor scandals and gossip-neither partake nor delight in them, I will be generous to the poor and to those who need help, I will forgive when asked, that my own mistakes will be forgiven, I will live my life with courtesy and honor from this day forward.”
If you’re a carpet-bagging yank and wondering about my choice of title and how your honor differs from that of your Southern brothers, The Art of Manliness has a pretty good description.
Unlike the Northern code of honor, which emphasized emotional restraint, moral piety, and economic success, the Southern honor code in many ways paralleled the medieval honor code of Europe — combining the reflexive, violent honor of primitive man with the public virtue and chivalry of knights.
The code of honor for Southern men required having: 1) a reputation for honesty and integrity, 2) a reputation for martial courage and strength, 3) self-sufficiency and “mastery,” defined as patriarchal dominion over a household of dependents (wife/children/slaves), and 4) a willingness to use violence to defend any perceived slight to his reputation as a man of integrity, strength, and courage, as well as any threats to his independence and kin. Just as in medieval times, “might made right” in the American South. If a man could physically dominate or kill someone who accused him of dishonesty, that man maintained his reputation as a man of integrity (even if the accusations were in fact true).
The internet is abuzz that the slap was staged for “ratings” but watch the action in the commercial break as the only real gentleman in all of Entertainment, Denzel Washington, makes his way over to Smith to calm him down. Tyler Perry also intervenes as does Bradley Cooper but its Denzell’s act of fraternity that surely quelled Smith’s temper.
On another note, I wonder which gender-confused female will play Will Smith in the movie about this?