Vivica A. Fox says she admires Jada Pinkett Smith, but takes issue with Jada’s “self-righteous” comments about the infamous Oscars slap.
Vivica made the comment Thursday while guest hosting The Wendy Williams Show.
“This is going to be difficult for me. These are my peers. I’ve done a movie with both of them. Set It Off with Jada and Independence Day with Will Smith, which absolutely changed my life,” Vivica began after fellow guest host Carson Kressley asked her thoughts on Jada’s remarks this week on Red Table Talk about the Oscars slap.
“When I saw this video last night, it made me cry, I’ll be very honest with you guys,” Vivica said as she fought back tears. “I really felt to be a partner to Will Smith, whose career basically took a crumble that night, we were all rooting for Will Smith that night, Oscar night, we wanted him to win. Will Smith that night as far as I was concerned was going to be crowned this generation’s Sidney Poitier, which is a huge honor. I felt to be a good partner there was no accountability.”
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Smith walked on stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian told a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
On Wednesday’s episode of RTT, Jada said: “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile.”
Vivica believes Jada should have said more.
“Will Smith was defending her honor, that’s the reason he walked on stage and slapped [Rock] because he felt like his wife had been offended so for me to see no accountability as a partner,” Vivica said. “Also, let’s not forget, Chris Rock was assaulted. We cannot forget that, for basically telling a joke that I really felt wasn’t that bad.”
She also criticized Will for ruining a night of historic firsts, including Will Packer leading the show’s first all-Black production team.
“Let’s not forget the show was executive produced by Will Packer, an African American man. This night was a night of African American diversity for Brown and Black people, that now will forever be scarred,” she said.
Will won his first Oscar that night for his role in King Richard. Ariana DeBose became the first Afro-Latina and openly queer actor of color to win an Oscar after picking up an award for her performance in West Side Story. CODA star Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar. And for the first time, the show had three female hosts.
Despite those groundbreaking achievements, most news coverage focused on the Oscars slap. Vivica believes the Smiths should show “more accountability” for upstaging the awards.
“I have love for the Smiths. I know their children. I’ve watched them grow up. I just wish we could have just a little more accountability and for it to not seem so self-righteous on Jada’s part and that’s my feelings,” she said.
Vivica then asked Carson his thoughts on Jada’s comments. Thr Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum joked he was not impressed by her outfit.
“I didn’t like her turtleneck,” he said to laughter.
Watch the video of Vivica A. Fox making her comments above.