Jada Pinkett Smith addressed the Oscars dispute between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock briefly ahead of the premiere of Wednesday’s Red Table Talk debate on alopecia.
“This is an extremely significant Red Table Talk on alopecia,” says the speaker. Thousands have reached out to me with their tales in response to what I’ve been through with my health and what happened at the Oscars. At the start of the Facebook Watch presentation, Pinkett Smith remarked, “I’m utilising this chance to offer our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to educate people about what alopecia is.”
“Now, as for Oscar night,” she continued, “my deepest wish is that these two educated, talented guys will have the opportunity to heal, speak 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.”
Rock approached Pinkett Smith in the audience while presenting the Oscar for best documentary feature at the 2022 Academy Awards, saying that he was looking forward to her planned sequel to G.I. Jane, a reference to the actress’ shaved head. Smith stepped up onstage after Rock’s remark and slapped him.
Smith, who later that evening won the best actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard, announced his resignation from the Academy the following week, citing a pending investigation into his activities at the event. Smith was finally barred from attending the Oscars or any other Academy functions for the following ten years, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“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,” Smith wrote on Instagram the day after the ceremony, apologising for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” behaviour at the Academy Awards and to Rock, writing: “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 Chris, I’d like to officially apologise to you. I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.”
Pinkett Smith’s remarks on Wednesday were the first time she addressed the incident explicitly. “Considering all that has happened in the last several weeks, the Smith family has been focused on profound healing,” a statement displayed onscreen at the start of the Red Table Talk season premiere episode. When the time comes, some of our therapeutic findings will be shared around the table.” The statement did not explain when Smith and Rock’s physical altercation would be addressed.
Pinkett Smith, together with her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, discussed the significance of providing the alopecia community a voice and an opportunity to tell their story during Wednesday’s Red Table Talk session. The “most difficult” aspect for Pinkett Smith is that her hair “comes and goes.” She went on to say that she gets anxious when she wonders, “What will my hair look like today?”
“People don’t know what alopecia is, and they don’t know the consequences,” Pinkett Smith added.
Later, the hosts were joined by the mother of Rio Allred, a 12-year-old boy who had alopecia and committed himself after being bullied. Rio’s mother, Niki Ball, remarked on how the Oscars event occurred roughly two weeks after her death while telling her daughter’s tale. “People will be Googling ‘What is alopecia?'” says the expert. ‘What is this that we haven’t heard about before?’ “It’s not a joke,” she stated emphatically.
A former NBA player Charlie Villanueva and a lady who worked in the hair industry for more than a decade spoke about their alopecia stories, and a top hair surgeon broke out the many types of alopecia.
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