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The 2022 Oscars were part of an international conversation — for all the wrong reasons

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30.03.2022

Two of America’s greatest exports were on full display at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night.

An awards show that had earned #OscarsSoWhite scorn for decades of elitism and exclusivity presented a different face this year. Our country’s multiethnic, Technicolor, cross-pollinating, ever-evolving, spangly, slang-filled, boom shakalaka, dream-big, dance-hard culture permeated almost every moment of the show.

But all that was upstaged by another indelible thread in American life — the impulse to elevate, applaud, ignore or explain away unwarranted violence.

We should celebrate one while making sure there are consequences for the other. So, while the debate over the Will Smith-Chris Rock smackdown continues, allow me to change the subject for a moment.

Alyssa Rosenberg: Will Smith’s Oscars slap doesn’t need explaining. Just let it be sad.

The slap took oxygen away from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Oscar moment as he stepped onstage moments later to accept the award for best documentary for “Summer of Soul.” The fact that Questlove’s film unearthed a six-week celebration of Black music that had been neglected and then forgotten since 1969 makes the eclipse of his this-year laurel even more maddening.

The chatter of an audience about Chris Rock getting slapped onstage was........

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