It was the slap heard around the world as viewers watched wondering if superstar actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face as part of a bizarre comedic or acting bit; one that nobody could understand.
Smith has issued a public apology which took well over 24 hours to release, and the Oscars officially opened a “review” on the matter, all indicating the slap was in fact Smith’s inability to control his anger.
Not only did we learn the slap was real, but also that ABC did its very best to censor the shocking event in real time. “Due to a tape delay that dropped nearly 20 seconds of audio from the broadcast, none could hear a stunned Rock tell the equally stunned audience, ‘Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me!’
Smith’s two f-bombs that immediately followed also were unheard. Tape delays help producers to prevent fiascos by giving them time to silence, bleep or blur content in live broadcasts and “content that could draw a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fine on domestic broadcasts.”
But that did not stop international audiences from seeing and hearing the whole event, and plastering it all over the internet. David Mack was watching the awards show in Australia when he noticed his American friends were complaining on social medial. “I realized I had seen and heard what they had not” said Mack who was able to see the unedited version.
Mack rewound and recorded the missing clip to post to social media, where it quickly went viral. Jim Hatcher, chief technology officer at Human Circuit, an engineering firm that designs broadcast systems explained, “you’ve got commercial [stations] broadcasting under a certain set of rules and social media using another set, and you can see how easily you can get to the cut content by going on social media.”
“How a traditional broadcast is going to compete with that, I don’t know. And I don’t know how the FCC will address that either” said Mack. One radio producer for the BBC said, “Americans can be a bit more puritanical and outraged by these things.” The producer spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak officially on broadcast standards, reports the Stamford Advocate.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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