American actress, Jada Pinkett-Smith has finally spoken on Thursday, June 2, about the controversial Oscar Award moment where her husband, Will Smith slapped the ceremony host, Chris Rock.
On March 27, Smith walked up to the stage while Rock was presenting an award and smacked him in the face for making a joke about his wife’s alopecia disorder.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that usually results in unpredictable, patchy hair loss.
Referring to Pinkett-Smith’s shaved hairdo, Rock said;
Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.
His joke referred to 1997 film GI Jane, in which actress, Demi Moore played the title role rocking a low-cut hairstyle.
This is a really important ‘Red Table Talk’ about alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories.Now, about Oscar night. 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. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together.
— Justus (@JustusForAllYt) June 2, 2022
Since 2018, Pinkett Smith has been public about her struggles with the disease.
Following the controversial incident, organisers of the Oscar award banned the Hollywood icon from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years.
Smith has since apologized for the controversial moment, saying he “acted out of line”.