March 30, 2022

Who Gets the Oscar for Best Divorce?

The Amicable Divorce Expert Celebrity Divorce episode today is “Who Gets the Divorce Oscar?” It’s totally up for grabs! Featured divorces are Lucille Ball’s divorce from Desi Arnaz and how they deal with the community property film studio known as Desilu Productions; Steven Spielberg’s divorce from Amy Irving and a pre-nup that was challenged in court; Nicole Kidman’s divorce from Tom Cruise; and an example of conflict resolution in how Will Smith chose to handle an uncomfortable moment with his wife by blaming another person.

The 2022 Oscar telecast will go down in history. Don’t know which side of history it will fall on since the event just aired, but I will share with you how I saw the Will Smith slap. This is a conflict resolution moment and a moment of honest self-awareness. Chris Rock, like all comedians, told jokes at the audience’s expense. He told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Will Smith was heartily laughing at the joke until his wife gave him a dirty look. Then Will proceeded to the stage and slapped Chris Rock for “disrespecting his wife”. Since Will Smith thought Chris Rock was funny until his wife showed her lack of appreciation, not in Chris’ joke, but in her husband’s reaction to the joke, Will could have still gotten up on stage, apologized publicly to his wife for laughing at the joke, and asked Chris to be more sensitive to a physical ailment that his wife was suffering from. Now this would have been a teachable moment in conflict resolution.

Divorce is not something that most people want to make public. In fact, when non-celebrities see references to their divorces online, they typically freak out. But every inch of a celebrity’s divorce is made public. If we use celebrity divorces to learn from, we can have real life guidance on how to work with the details of their divorces.

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