The “curse” carries an extra psychological burden on top of existing stressors and potentially puts sufferers at greater risk for anxiety and depressive disorders. The term “gaslighting” is being used more widely now to point out that the new authoritarians push fictional narratives and then delight in the social breakdown of mental health. So it is more imperative than ever not to give them what they want.
Smith’s smack seems to have had varying levels of impact on those of us who witnessed it. Some of us merely shrugged our shoulders and moved on to something else within moments of seeing the footage. Others chuckled at a couple of memes on social media and maybe even shared a few of them. And still, others couldn’t help but marvel at the clear double standard for Hollywood’s elites compared to the rest of society.
Bubble-wrapped Americans, especially the young “adults” on college campuses, can’t bear listening to ideas with which they disagree, much less someone disagreeing with them on any topic of note.