Months after Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap, Jada Pinkett Smith finally addressed the incident on Red Table Talk.
The June 1 episode of the Facebook Watch series centered on the impact of alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss. But, before going into detail about the conditi,on Pinkett Smith discussed the Oscars incident.
“This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia,” she said in the first seconds of the show. “Considering what I’ve been through and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is.”
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She then brought up Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards after Rock told a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
“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 ’em 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’s keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening,” she said.
As previously reported, Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years following the incident. He also resigned from the film Academy and issued a public apology to Rock. Meanwhile, Rock said in a standup show after the Oscars that he was “still processing what happened.”
As for Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith welcomed several guests with alopecia to discuss how the condition has affected their lives.
The episode titled: “Alopecia: The Devastating Impact” focused on a mother who took her own life while dealing with the condition, a woman who worked in the hair industry for more than a decade, a former NBA player who hid his pain from losing his hair, and a top hair surgeon who explained the different types of alopecia.
You can watch the full episode of Red Table Talk below: