Jada Pinkett Breaks Silence On Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At Oscars
Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, has finally spoken out about her husband’s infamous on-air smack of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
Jada shared her side of the story during the debut of her popular Facebook series Red Table Talk on Wednesday (June 1).
“This is a critical ‘Red Table Talk’ about alopecia,” Jada said at the outset. “Thousands have reached out to me with their tales in light of what I’ve gone through with my health and what happened at the Oscars.
I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to speak with our alopecia family about what it’s like to live with this condition and to educate folks about what alopecia is.”
“Now, as for Oscar night,” she said, “my deepest hope is that these two educated, talented guys will be able to heal, hash things out, and reconcile.” Given the current situation of the world, we require both. And we all need each other now more than ever. Until then, Will and I will keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years: figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for taking the time to listen.”
Will Smith attacked the stage at the 94th Academy Awards and assaulted comedian Chris Rock when he referred to Jada as “G.I. Jane,” comparing her shaved head to the role played by Demi Moore in the 1997 film. Jada had been outspoken about her alopecia, and the joke enraged her husband, who ordered that Chris rock take “his wife’s name” out of his “f***ing mouth” after the slap.
Will willingly resigned from the Academy as a result of the assault, and the academy eventually imposed a 10-year suspension on the King Richard star. As a result of the ordeal, several projects starring Will Smith have been put on hold.
Smith said in a statement following his resignation, “The list of those I have harmed is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my good friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global viewers at home.” “I betrayed the Academy’s trust.” I took away the opportunity for other nominees and winners to enjoy and be recognized for their outstanding efforts. “I’m devastated.”
“I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film,” he continued, adding, “change takes time, and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that violence never again overtakes reason.”