It was literally the SLAP heard around the world…..but let’s talk about it:
It was May of 2018 when Jada Pinkett Smith discussed being diagnosed with alopecia on the Red Table Talk which she has been very open about discussing her personal journey with the world. While having been diagnosed myself along with many of you, I am curious to know what your thoughts are on what transpired at the 2022 Oscars!
Jada’s alopecia diagnosis was jokingly brought up at the 2022 Oscars by comedian Chris Rock and…..not everyone found it funny. Chris Rock joked that he was “excited to see her in the next G.I. Jane sequel” seeming referencing her shaved/low cut hairstyle. While Pinkett Smith was seen rolling her eyes, her husband Will Smith was less than amused and casually walked up on stage and SLAPPED Chris Rock in the face. After returning to his seat, he responded to Rock, “Leave my wife’s name out of your f—king mouth.”
Now while it was aired for all to see and many have seen….I am curious to know how you all feel about what happened?
While many of us suffer from hair and scalp issues ultimately deal with them in our own ways, imagine how we would feel if we became the butt of the joke on a condition that we have no control over:/
Let me know your thoughts?
YolandaApril 25, 2022 at 02:56 PM
I understand the why first and foremost but can’t condone physical violence as a reaction and result of what was said about his wife.
JenniferApril 25, 2022 at 02:56 PM
I was extremely triggered. Both my mother and I suffer from alopecia. I did NOT think that this situation was funny, and it should NOT have been the topic for a joke. The so-called “joke” was in VERY poor taste and frankly Chris got EXACTLY what he deserved. My mother is bald, just like Jada, and has been for many years. NO one seems to care that this remark from an unfunny “comedian” affected Jada. NO one even asked Jada was she alright. Everyone on social media and in mass media seem to be more concerned for Chris Rocks feelings instead of Jada’s. I will be glad when everyone goes back to crying about Ukraine.
ArnethaApril 25, 2022 at 02:56 PM
As a female that also suffers from alopecia (ccc) the comparison G.I Jane was a compliment actually. A character in a movie that displayed strength in a male dominated space. I laughed myself. Will didn’t use his emotional intelligence at a time where others were gathered to honor each other’s acting abilities and made black people look very low. I applaud Chris for holding it together but it’s still a shame that this happened. I have more thoughts but I’ll leave it alone.
JenniferApril 25, 2022 at 02:56 PM
I was triggered by the comment because both my mother and I have been diagnosed with alopecia. I have androgenic alopecia and my mother is completely bald like Jada. I was extremely upset, and still am. I wish that mom’s hair could grow back but we are not hopeful. My hair falls out alot and I don’t know what to do.
Roberta McCroreyApril 25, 2022 at 02:56 PM
Chris Rock’s public comment was unprofessional, unwarranted and uncalled for. It was not the way to fish for a laugh. Of course, just because a Black man reacted, he’s being denigrated by the public. It’s the usual racist rant since people of color are supposed accept abuse and not complain. Even other people of color are criticizing Will Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s bullying remark; since many of us have been brainwashed and don’t realize it.