Like millions of other people, I wish the Will Smith/Chris Rock incident had not occurred earlier this week during ABC's telecast of the 94th Academy Awards. I don't watch glitzy awards shows with the goal of increasing my anxiety … especially not now. While opinions on the quality of the show vary widely, as they generally do, I think we can all agree that it was great to see the annual celebration of movies looking very much like its old self after last year's COVID-compromised presentation. And like millions more … many millions … I realize that there are far more important and unnerving things going on in the world right now than the sorry spectacle of a massively wealthy and powerful movie star behaving badly. But damn … there is just no shaking this one.
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