Archive for March 30th, 2022

Dismayed, Disgusted and Disappointed!

What's next for Will Smith and Chris Rock - CNN

By now, just about everybody – on the planet – has seen the clip of the most egregious – and totally uncalled for – attack by the actor Will Smith on the comedian Chris Rock.  I had zero interest in the Academy Awards this year, as I hadn’t seen a single new movie in 2021.  But I did switch over to it right after the incident, to see Questlove receive the award for Best Documentary.  A friend of mine texted me a link to an uncensored clip of the attack a little later, and I was totally dumbfounded!  Will Smith?  Everybody’s smiling, laughing good guy???

The physical assault was unprecedented in Oscar history, but the follow-up obscenity laden screaming was possibly even more disturbing.  I’m fully comfortable with the acronym For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, as I drop a dozen, or more, F-bombs each day.  But I’m always cognizant of the company in which I may launch them.  Would I ever scream out that word – twice – in anger – in a theater full of people, most of whom I probably don’t know?  Knowing full well that the event was being televised around the globe?  No!  That was sheer madness.  And, over a fairly innocuous joke about his wife’s – Jada Pinkett Smith’s – very public appearance!  Celebrities are in the public eye, and just about everything said to them, and about them, is considered fair game.  They are supposed to be thick skinned.  For Will to respond with both violence and obscenity was utterly disgusting.  And, for me, it totally destroyed his good guy persona.

Some people have tried to spin it as Will being a “man”, defending his wife’s honor.  That is complete nonsense, as Chris Rock was just making a simple joke.  And, Will Smith can even be seen laughing at it, until he caught Jada’s eye roll and dirty look.  Other’s have tried to say that the G.I. Jane II joke somehow “crossed the line”.  If Jada had been going through chemo-therapy, for cancer, then that would be cause for saying it crossed the line.  But she has Alopecia.  It’s an unfortunate hair loss condition, but it’s not physically painful, and it’s certainly not fatal.  And, in some cases, the hair can grow back.  It affects about 2% of people during some time of their life.  We had a neighborhood kid who lost both of his eyebrows from it.  He’s fine today.  And Jada Pinkett Smith – to her credit – went public with it.  And, despite her shaved head she is still a very attractive woman.  Trying to say the joke was “tasteless” or “offensive” is a just way to excuse Will Smith’s inexcusable behavior.  That kind of violence and obscenity cannot be justified.

Another complaint that I have goes to how the media continues to report this.  And, this might sound petty, or picky, but Will did not say:  “Keep my wife’s name out OF your FFFF’n mouth!”  He very specifically said “Keep my wife’s name out yo FFFF’n mouth!”  Both times.  No “of” and “yo”, not “your”.  I understand that Will Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia, possibly in a tough neighborhood.  But did he consciously choose to speak this way – as a way to make himself sound even MORE threatening – or was this a case of:  you can take some folks out of the street, but you can’t take the street out of some folks?  We all know he can speak “the King’s English” when he has/wants to.  Just report it accurately, media!

I have to commend Chris Rock.  First for taking the shot, from a bigger guy, and not going down.  Second for his quick recovery to make light of the situation, and continue with his presentation.  And, third for telling the police that he wouldn’t be pressing charges.  Because he very easily – and rightfully – could have pressed charges.  My son has had some personal – public – dealings with Chris Rock, and apparently he is NOT a very friendly individual.  But that can be the case with so many celebrities.  Everybody has their shortcomings.

Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock, and I guess to the rest of us who saw the assault, but it was only on  Instagram.  And, as the old saying goes:  a day late and a dollar short!  He had the opportunity to apologize during his acceptance speech on Sunday night, but instead gave a half-baked, self-serving apology to the Academy and his fellow nominees.  There’s a lot of speculation that this apology was mainly an attempt to repair his reputation, as public sentiment was trending decidedly against him.  He has some more work to do, aside from this apology.  And, he could face some kind of punishment from the Academy.

My wife has always adored Will Smith, and feels very bad for him.  I’m a much more casual fan, but this whole incident makes me wonder about the more general rise in violence, all around the world.  With all this political polarization causing hurtful, hateful vitriol, and this unnecessary war in Ukraine, and countries like China, Myanmar, and Israel perpetrating various forms of apartheidism/genocide, and people assaulting others in the streets, and on the subways, because they’re either Asian or Jewish, etc., etc., I have to wonder if Will Smith’s actions are just a symptom of some kind of universal madness that is taking over the world!  Can we ever return to civility?  Be well and do good, friends.   —   Your Uncle Rave

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/30/22

Jacques Cousteau – Kinfolk

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder.”   —   Jacques Cousteau

(Jacques loved the sea, as he loved and respected all nature.  He believed that we need to practice population control, saying “What should we do to eliminate suffering and disease? It’s a wonderful idea but perhaps not altogether a beneficial one in the long run. If we try to implement it we may jeopardize the future of our species…It’s terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable”.  He died in 1997 when the world’s human population was 5.9 Billion.  Today we’re at 7.9 Billion!  2 billion more people in just 25 years should be scaring the heck out of all of us.  Yet we do nothing.  Sigh.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Quote courtesy of Wikipedia.  Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 03/30/22

High Jump Takeoff Technique

Visual Description:  The Ladies who Launch?

HIWLR  =  WHIRL,  SBINO  =  BISON,  TGURET  =  GUTTER,  PCAAEL  =  PALACE   —   Giving us:  WIRSNGTRPAE

Clue/Question:  The Olympic high jumpers’ favorite beverage was – – –

Inside Housing - Comment - Fosbury Flop

Answer:  SPRING WATER

(BOINGGG!!!  Oh, yeah.  This one definitely qualifies as a stinky Jumble pun!  I certainly hope the water is not as foul as this pun.  That would NOT be very refreshing, now would it!  We tend to call all bottled water “spring water”, yet a lot of it is just your basic municipal tap water that has been filtered, and/or de-ionized, and/or oxygenated, and/or infused with so-called beneficial vitamins and minerals.  But we gladly buy the stuff!  Even if our tap water is A-OK!  Why?  The power of marketing!  It is both very persuasive and pervasive.  Of course, there are some areas where the water is high in stinky sulfur and/or some nasty man-caused pollutants, but those are more the exception than the rule.  And, more times than not that’s NOT on Mother Nature!  That’s mostly due to the fossil fuel industry, chemical companies, and other irresponsible corporate practices; like illegal dumping.  Big profits tend to result in shortsightedness.  Kick the can down the road, and let the next generation worry about it.  Oy vey!

Once again, all of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database, while all of the jumbles appear to be newbies!  None of them tripped me up though.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful eleven letter jumble.  Nothing terribly obvious about it.  I might have switched the order of “whirl” and “bison”, so we wouldn’t have seen the SNG, but that’s just a minor critique.  The one piece of dialog definitely clues you into the WATER aspect.

Fine cartoon of the high jumpers, and what appears to be some kind of coach/trainer.  In the background you can see somebody executing the Fosbury Flop, popularized by Dick Fosbury, back in the 1968 Summer Olympics, in Mexico City.  I think it’s pretty much the standard way high jumpers have been doing it ever since!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google


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