• “A good man will always stand up for his woman,” she said, “but every woman should make it so the man is fighting for someone that is worth it, sio kupigania kinyangarika.”

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta(left) screen grab of Will Smith and Chris Rock confrontation at the Oscars(Right)
Lawyer Cliff Ombeta(left) screen grab of Will Smith and Chris Rock confrontation at the Oscars(Right)

On Sunday, March 27, TV viewers around the world tuned in to watch the 94th edition of the Academy Awards. Infamous for its disproportionate recognition of top black actors, most detractors were eager to see if the Academy would let Will Smith walk away with the Best Actor award for his lead role in King Richard.

Smith would eventually win the coveted statuette for the first time, but not before he walked up the stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock on the face, ruining what would have been the best evening of his life.

Like their counterparts around the world, Kenyans weighed in on the watershed moment, some supporting the actor, who claimed to have been protecting his family, others criticising a mindless act merely for the sake of saving face.

Should a man stand up for his wife even if it means getting physical?

“Kabisa!” said Grace Karis, wondering what the hoopla was all about. “My only concern was that the kofi was a featherweight kinda cr*p.”

Mwari Wa Mwangi shared a similar opinion. “Kakitu kadogo and they've made it into a whole fiasco. Men fight all the time. They should have allowed them to settle it kando.”

“I would love to have such a loving and protective man!” said Libby Megan, a large grin on her face.

Karimi Cumuni took the high road. “I believe every situation is unique to people based on their circumstances.”

“Naah,” Shamir Wachira disagreed. “The guy’s been manipulated by that devil called Jada.”

Frank Mwanziah blamed Jada for the way Will Smith snapped. “That was pure manipulation,” he said. “Will is just in a toxic relationship and he ain’t man enough to admit it.”

Lucy Mbogo echoed the popular opinion among the ladies, which seemed to hinge on the quality of a relationship as the only basis to warrant a man’s actions pertaining to his partner.

“A good man will always stand up for his woman,” she said, “but every woman should make it so the man is fighting for someone that is worth it, sio kupigania kinyangarika.

In the aftermath, Will Smith resigned from the Academy, one of a host of likely repercussions to follow. Sharon Otieno swore that if her man fought for her honour, she would support him “all the way”, no matter the consequences.

However, “There are wives worth fighting for,” Lydia said, “but Jada ain’t the type. She is street.”

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