Days after her husband Will Smith caused a ruckus at the 94th Academy Awards, Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking up.
At the recently-concluded award show, the “Men In Black” star caused a controversy when he hit comedian Chris Rock. As you might know, Rock was on stage to present an award when things went south.
Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock Hard!
While on stage, Rock took a jab at Jada’s bald hairstyle, due to alopecia, cracking a “G.I Jane” joke. As explained by reporter Amy Kaufman, “Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith being in ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head. She’s spoken openly about having a hair loss condition.”
Will wasn’t having it and walked up to the stage, taking both Rock and the audience by utter surprise, when he smacked the “Grown Ups” across the face while yelling, “KEEP MY WIFE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR F—ING MOUTH.”
Even when Rock tried to protest, saying it was a harmless “G.I Jane” joke, Smith reiterated his request, yelling, “KEEP MY WIFE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR F—ING MOUTH.” Although the ceremony continued after the controversy, with Will taking home the award for Best Male Actor, it was a moment that couldn’t be ignored by the world at large.
Following the incident, several memes have been shared and online discussions about who was right or wrong have dominated social media spaces. The A-listers of Hollywood, who were present on the fateful night haven’t been left out, with several stars sharing their thoughts on the issue.
In all of this, Jada, who was the butt of the joke has remained silent, at least until now.
Jada Pinkett Smith Breaks Silence After Husband’s Apology
Minutes ago, the “Girls Trip” actress seemingly addressed the elephant in the room with a cryptic post on Instagram. The “Red Table Talk” co-host shared a poster with the quote, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”
Jada limited comments on the post, which has received thousands of likes in minutes. The 50-year-old, who hosts a talk show alongside daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, where cogent societal issues are discussed with emotions and courage has seemingly taken a stand familiar with her brand.
It is worthy to note that days before the Oscars, Jada had spoken about her bald look in a TikTok clip saying she wasn’t bothered by people’s reaction to her hair loss.
“Being a Black woman and dealing with hair in Hollywood, in the era I came up in, having your hair look as European as possible was always the thing, and that was really challenging because I liked my hair out wild and curly,” Jada said in the now-deleted clip.
“I feel the freedom today. I don’t give two craps what people think of this bald head of mine. Because guess what? I love it,” she declared.
The “Set It Off” star’s statement comes hours after her husband issued an apology to Rock on social media. As The Blast reported, Will, who had left Rock out of his apology at the Oscars seemed to have a change of heart.
He began his statement, “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.”
Will continued, “I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world,” he went on. “I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family.”
The iconic actor concluded, expressing regret for “my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” while declaring himself “a work in progress.”
About Jada’s Hair Loss Condition
As stated earlier, Jada’s baldness is due to the medical condition Alopecia, something she has spoken extensively about publicly. She first shared her diagnosis in 2018 on the “Red Table Talk,” recalling the “terrifying” moment when she first noticed that she was losing “handfuls of hair” while taking a shower.
“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear. That’s why I cut my hair and continued to cut it,” Jada shared. After rocking low cuts and tying turbans, Jada finally shaved her head bald in July 2021 at the nudging of her husband.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), alopecia is a disease where the body starts to attack its own hair follicles, which can cause hair loss not just on the head, but anywhere on the body. Currently, there is no cure for the condition.