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Mid-life crisis: ‘Was Will Smith acting? Is Morgan Freeman actually God and Hollywood his joke?’

Brendan O'Connor


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Will Smith hits Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US, March 27, 2022. Picture by REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Will Smith hits Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US, March 27, 2022. Picture by REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Will Smith hits Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US, March 27, 2022. Picture by REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Don’t you find yourself thinking now and then that you just wish everyone would shut the f**k up about everything? It’s an impulse we all have sometimes, but you don’t generally see it mentioned in the media – for obvious reasons. Not only is it heretical of me to raise the subject here, but I am potentially doing myself out of my livelihood by even invoking the notion that a bit less chat, and fewer opinions, might be a good thing.

I think Will Smith tipped me over the edge when he was tipped over the edge by Chris Rock. Before I had even woken up the morning after Will Smith’s night before, I had texts from people sharing their thoughts and demanding to know my opinion. It was just the latest thing we all had to have an opinion on, and we had to know everyone else’s opinion on it too, whether we wanted to or not. Indeed, some of the opinions I was hit with very early on were opinions around why we all needed to have an opinion on this.


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