Jada Pinkett Smith Says It’s a ‘Season for Healing’ After Oscars Incident

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By Reuters
March 29, 2022Entertainmentshare
Jada Pinkett Smith Says It’s a ‘Season for Healing’ After Oscars Incident
Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party during the 94th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 27, 2022. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

LOS ANGELES—Jada Pinkett Smith promoted healing in an Instagram post on Tuesday, her first public comment since her husband slapped comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Will Smith unexpectedly strode onto the Oscars stage on Sunday and slapped Rock in the face in response to a joke about his wife’s bald head. Pinkett Smith, an actress and talk show host, has a medical condition that causes hair loss.

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock
Actor Will Smith (R) slaps actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 27, 2022. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Pinkett Smith said:

“This is a season for healing. And I’m here for it.”

She did not mention Rock’s joke or the slapping incident specifically.

On Monday, Will Smith apologized to Rock, the film academy, the show’s producers, and viewers, saying his behavior was unacceptable and he had “reacted emotionally” to a joke about his wife’s medical condition.

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This combination of pictures shows actor Will Smith (R) approaches actor Chris Rock onstage, and Will Smith (R) slaps Rock onstage, during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 27, 2022. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Rock had referenced the 1997 film “G.I. Jane” in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was unclear whether Rock was aware that Smith’s wife has a disease that causes hair loss.

Less than an hour after the attack on Rock, Smith was named best actor for his portrayal of the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard.”

The 9,900-member Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned Smith’s actions on Monday and said it was reviewing the matter.

If the group determines Smith violated its standards of conduct, members could expel the actor from the organization, revoke his Oscar, or make him ineligible for future awards.

Rock has not publicly commented about the incident.

By Lisa Richwine

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