We remember the scene. Will Smith ascends the stage and pimp slaps Chris Rock. Let’s set aside what we now know about these two men in particular and the extenuating circumstances that have come to light since this slap heard ‘round the world, and take it instead entirely at its initial face value.

Rock, a comedian, made a joke in his routine at the expense of Smith’s wife, who was at his side in the audience. Smith took offense and walloped Rock. The immediate reaction of men everywhere was “He had it coming. You do not disrespect another man’s wife.”

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