The brightest, most-awaited and honorary night of the year for movie stars and Hollywood in general — the Oscar comes packed with bling and controversy every time. This year, it was no different. The event was not only a host of gilded and blazing stars but was a union of all of Hollywood’s faces at a single time and place. On some occasions, the tension at such gala events rises to a peak and breaks free of the bubble of fame and perceived image. Other times, it remains mostly leashed. However, this year, the former route was definitely the way to go. After all these months, Jada Pinkett Smith has finally broken her silence over the Oscar 2022’s controversial Will Smith-Chris Rock event.
What Happened Between Will Smith and Chris Rock?
During the Oscars, the event organizing committee selects a celebrity, preferably a comedian or a talk show host to keep the crowd entertained with a few laughs in between nominations and award ceremonies. This year, one of the evening gigs fell on the shoulders of comedian, Chris Rock.
Before an award presentation, the comedian took to the stage for several minutes for a monologue during which he addressed Jada Pinkett Smith’s medical condition alopecia. The actress had previously spoken up about the disease which is basically an auto-immune resulting in extreme hair loss. The comedian joked about the condition saying it made her look like GI Jane 2.
Immediately after, Will Smith went up on stage and slapped Chris Rock in front of millions of audience and viewers. The incident which was brushed off and handled professionally at the moment by Chris Rock was later widely spoken about and blasted all across the screens all over the world. The people coming out of the event later that evening was either too stunned to speak or vehemently spoke up against Smith’s unacceptable physical assault.
Jada Smith Breaks Her Silence on the Oscars Controversy
At Wednesday’s episode of the Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, accompanied by her mother and daughter Willow Smith, spoke about the issue which has remained a persistent press matter for the past months. She said, “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile. The state of the world today? We need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that is to keep figuring out this thing called life together.”
She also said that thousands have reached out to her following the incident which took place at the Oscars. On a sadder note still, two weeks prior to the incident, a 12-year-old girl had taken her own life after being bullied for her alopecia.
Will Smith has been banned from all events organized by the Academy Awards for the next 10 years.
Source: Vanity Fair