Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence after Oscars slap

Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence after Oscars slap

The statement came less than 24 hours after Will Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock over slapping him at the Oscars.
30 Mar, 2022

Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram on Tuesday in her first public comments since husband Will Smith slapped comic Chris Rock at the Oscars.

“This is a season for healing and I'm here for it,” she wrote in a post that had been liked more than 65,000 times within the first couple of hours. There was no elaboration and comments on the post were restricted.

The brief statement came less than 24 hours after Smith issued an apology to Rock over the attack at Sunday's glitzy Hollywood ceremony.

In a shocking episode broadcast live around the world, Smith stormed onstage and hit Rock for a joke about his wife's closely cropped head. Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition that causes her to lose hair. Stunned Oscar attendees were initially unsure if the powerful slap was part of a skit, until Smith shouted profanities from his seat.

Rock managed to return to the awards, but the atmosphere at the event had shifted unmistakably. Moments later, Smith won the Oscar for best actor, giving a tearful speech in which he claimed: “Love will make you do crazy things.” Trade title Variety reported Tuesday that the TV audience grew by more than 600,000 during Smith's speech.

On Monday, as the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences said they were probing the assault with view to possible sanctions, Smith said sorry. “I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” the King Richard star wrote on Instagram.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith said.

There has been no public comment so far from Rock and no immediate reply to AFP queries to his representatives.

Meanwhile, takes on the incident have continued to spiral on social media, with YouTube personality and boxer Jake Paul offering $30 million for the two men to get in a ring. “I got $15m for Will Smith and $15m for Chris Rock ready to go,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let's do it in August on my undercard.”

While neither man has ever boxed professionally, Smith played Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali.


Accountability Mar 30, 2022 04:39pm
Will Smith went overboard with the frantic reaction, should have avoided it. This made a worse mark on his industries association.
Taj Ahmad - USA Mar 30, 2022 05:04pm
We're human and we all make mistake or gets emotional, Chris and Smith were and are good friend and will remained good friend in the years to come, devell can never be successful in brecking goodfrindship among these two super stars of Bollywood. Let's move on guys for the next Oscars in 2023.
Helping hands Mar 30, 2022 05:22pm
Jake Paul!
Akil Akhtar Mar 30, 2022 05:37pm
seems to be an attention seeker....
Agha Asad Raza Mar 30, 2022 06:04pm
I think the guy deserved a slap for making fun of someone's medical condition. Good work.
Reader Mar 30, 2022 06:18pm
If this happened here in Pakistan, the news media in the west would have gone berserk.
NYS Mar 30, 2022 06:22pm
Is this substantial enough for whole saga ??
nk Mar 30, 2022 07:36pm
She has been inflicted with alopecia areata (Baal Char in urdu) a disease in which hair on you body, scalp or beard starts falling in patches. She opted to shave off her head to save her look. Anyway the joke and the reaction both was unnecessary.
Truth Mar 30, 2022 11:57pm
@Reader not at all, no one would care the least!
Pathanoo Mar 31, 2022 12:57am
First you act worse than animal and then apologize thinking it would be OK. It is NOT. Will Smith should be arrested for assault.
LOL Mar 31, 2022 04:39am
If you can't take a joke why work in entertainment industry!!
MAK Mar 31, 2022 10:27am
In our tribal society this would be a matter of honor 'ghairat' pulling out guns; a little slap is nothing
Nisar Mar 31, 2022 01:38pm
It is NOT about Will Smith, it is about role models who influence millions of people. The two things Will has done, he has shown that power is above the law and that he destroyed the evening for all the Oscar hopefuls who cam to an event that they probably will never get to enjoy again. Will is a sick man and Jada uses him ... no respect for either of them.
AbuBakr Mela Mar 31, 2022 02:23pm