There are mixed views among some Jamaicans about the extent to which they would go to defend their spouse if someone disrespects or abuses them in public.
However, most agree that the reaction would depend on the circumstances.
A few said there is no reason to get violent if the individual has not physically assaulted their spouse, while others admitted that they would get physical if necessary.
They were reacting to the incident at the Oscars on Sunday that left millions of witnesses stunned when Will Smith walked onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre and slapped Chris Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith reacted to the joke poked at his wife, in which Rock said: “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” in relation to her shaved head. Rock’s reference was made from the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy Seal candidate.
A day later, Smith apologised to Chis Rock.
But, during the Oscars on Sunday, Smith was defending his wife, so the Loop News team of Job Nelson and Marlon Reid went to New Kingston on Tuesday to ask Jamaicans: “How far would you go to defend your spouse in public?”