Will Smith successful marriage
If you're thinking of getting married then look away now.
The couple have been married for 18 years and have been plagued by rumors about their long union. Jada has previously said that the marriage works because she lets him do whatever he wants to do, leading to talk of an open marriage. Then more recently there was a very strong rumor that the marriage was in fact over—Will was forced to take to Facebook to deny it.
The dust has settled a bit, so when he was asked by ET at the screening of his movie Concussion in Los Angeles last night what the key to their long marriage was, all he had to do was trot out the usual celebrity shit about love and respect and he would have been home and dry.
But no, Will was brutually honest, saying;
"We've been married 20 years and we've been asking ourselves that question and really at the end of the day it's just not quitting. You can't expect it to be easy, it's like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we're just not quitters.
BOOM! Tell us how you really feel Will!
He then treated us to a nugget of celebrity mumbo-jumbo;
"If there is a secret I would say it is that we never went into working on our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously."
Couple of points here. He said "our marriage WAS the most difficult..." . How come he's talking about his marriage in the past tense? Very revealing.
Also the whole working-on-ourselves-individually-presenting-new-self-to-each-other BS echoes Scientology theory. Interestingly the Smiths have reportedly disassociated themselves from the
cult church this year. Remember what happened when Nicole Kidman left and her kids stayed? Shelly Miscavige? Maybe the Smiths wanted to avoid the impact of being potentially labelled a 'Suppressive Person' in the event of a split as much as possible? (Allegedly/apparently/reportedly)
Of course in a long marriage there are going to be ups and downs, bad times, good times and all that. But grueling? Excruciating? Marriage is not a fairy-tale and takes hard work on both sides, but he's making it sound like a prison sentence to be endured and to say these things in public just undermines their relationship (which of course they won't talk about) and is quite frankly, humiliating.
Will and Jada kinda lost all credibility as having a healthy normal home life when they unleashed their bizarre and frankly fucking weird kids on the world and every time they open their mouths a little bit more about their children is explained.
It begs the question, why would anyone continue to subject themselves to such torture? Maybe waiting until the youngest child is a legal adult to avoid costly a custody battle? Whatever their reasons, they seem to be holding on to the bitter end, teeth gritted, out of some sort of spiteful need to ensure they put each other through the maximum emotional pain as possible.
Seriously Will, if your marriage is such continuous pain and misery it ain't right. Why would you not quit something you can only describe as excruciating?
Do yourself, your wife and your freaky kids a favor and throw in the towel.
Will Smith successful marriage
Will Smith successful marriage
The Trump-Twitter Industrial Complex continues to fester and mutate.
This week, President Donald J. Trump tweeted a false statement about mail-in ballots.
He wrote that secretaries of state were sending mail-in ballots to every person, when actually states are only sending out ballot applications. For the first time, Twitter jumped in to fact-check Trump's statement, adding a link to a webpage full of information about mail-in ballots.
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Was the Jimmy Fallon Blackface Skit Intentionally Released as a Distraction from the Murder of George Floyd?
Racist police violence is a modern epidemic. So why are we talking about an SNL skit from 2000?
At this point, celebrity apologies are incredibly common. In 2020, it seems like some formerly beloved actor or TV personality is being put through the wringer of public opinion a few times a week.
Most recently, Twitter canceled Jimmy Fallon after an unquestionably racist skit from the 2000 season of SNL resurfaced online. The skit features Fallon impersonating Chris Rock, complete with black face and an offensive imitation of Rock's speech patterns.
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This quickly led to the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty trending on Twitter. While fans seemed split on whether Fallon should be forgiven for the 20-year-old misstep, most everyone agreed that Fallon should apologize regardless. This morning, he did just that in the form of a tweet.
As far as celebrity apologies go, Fallon's is a pretty good one. He doesn't try to sidestep the blame, he doesn't bring up the fact that there were undoubtedly many, many other individuals involved in the creation of the skit, and he doesn't even mention the fact that in 2000, many people still thought it was possible for black face to be done in the spirit of fun, because the deeply racist nature of the act was largely ignored in mainstream (white) media. Of course, we know better now, and it's easy to see that a white person doing an exaggerated imitation of a black person—darkened skin included—can only be a racist, belittling act with a long, dark history of racial oppression. With that in mind, Fallon's only option was to apologize without caveat or reservation. Indeed, it's refreshing to see a celebrity apology that doesn't try to justify or minimize their own misstep. While we can all agree Fallon made a terrible, racist choice 20 years ago, we have to believe that, like all of us, he's grown since then. If cancel culture is to have any efficacy in making the world a better place, it has to leave room for forgiveness and growth. Hopefully, the whole affair will leave Fallon (and those who witnessed it) more racially sensitive.
All of that being said, one has to ask why the clip was brought up now, given that it's been circulated around the Internet before, and the specific YouTube clip that was shared was posted on the site over a year ago. It's also worth noting that the version of the clip that was going around Twitter has a text overlay that reads: "NBC FIRED MEGAN KELLY FOR MENTIONING BLACKFACE. JIMMY FALLON PERFORMED ON NBC IN BLACKFACE."
Megan Kelly, an outspoken conservative, was indeed fired from her job at NBC because she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, saying on her talk show, "Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween," she said. "When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character." While Fallon's instance of racial insensitivity was in 2000, Kelly defended blackface in 2019, long after society at large had begun to acknowledge the hurt that blackface and other forms of racial impersonation could cause. This fundamental difference aside, Kelly also has a long history of racial insensitivity that Fallon does not, even once saying, "What is the evidence that what happened to Eric Garner and what happened to Michael Brown has anything to do with race?" in a conversation about the epidemic of racist police officers in America.
Given the text overlay, it's pretty clear that whoever began the #jimmyfallonisoverparty was not necessarily seeking justice for the black community, but was instead trying to imply hypocrisy in the cancellation of Megan Kelly, given that Fallon (who has been outspoken about the flaws of the Trump administration and political pundits like Kelly) is still on the air. One even has to wonder if, given that it's obvious that the #jimmyfallonisoverparty trend was begun by a conservative individual or group, if the trend was meant to be a distraction from the widespread racist police violence that has been emphasized in recent weeks by incidents like the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer on Monday. It seems oddly coincidental that the clip of Fallon should flood the Internet with controversy the day after Floyd's murder, unfortunately serving to help steer conversation away from Floyd's unjust death.
Indeed, under the unquestionably racist Donald Trump administration, more and more black people are being harassed, attacked, and murdered at the hands of racist white civilians and police officers. But Trump and his supporters don't want you to focus on that–so much so that it doesn't feel impossible that the Fallon skit was intentionally weaponized as a distraction.
In the last few weeks alone we learned that Ahmaud Arbery was murdered senselessly by a white man while simply out for a jog, and we all witnessed the harassment of Christian Cooper, a black man who was threatened by a white woman in Central Park who didn't want to put her dog on a leash. It's clear that racism in America cannot be reduced to insensitive skits from 20 years ago but is instead a current and deadly problem. What Jimmy Fallon did in 2000 was racist, yes; but don't let that distract you from the deadly consequences of racism in 2020, don't let celebrity apologies make you take your eyes of our lawmakers, who aren't doing enough to protect people of color in this country. Don't let the latest "#_____isoverparty" trend distract you from the deadly consequences of racism in our laws, culture, and criminal justice system.
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