Slapping the Jester

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, he was rejecting the idea that comics shouldn’t be held accountable for the things they say.

James Surowiecki
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Chris Rock

When Will Smith walked across the Oscars stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face for having made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, it spawned a deluge of takes on Twitter (many of which are collected here), and…

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James Surowiecki
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I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.