Jada Pinkett-Smith is getting candid about her thoughts on Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap.
Nearly 18 months after the incident occurred, Smith is opening up about her reaction to Will slapping comedian Chris Rock.
In an excerpt from Smith’s new memoir, Valuable, describes his thoughts after Rock made a joke at his expense during the Academy Awards. The prank involved Smith’s ongoing battle with alopecia, a struggle she had embraced before, reported Too Fab.
I remember when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
– Jada and Will have been separated since 2016, what was the slap for then?pic.twitter.com/mKqJgxBN6b
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“GI Jane Two, I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, followed by Will punching the comedian during the live broadcast.
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Chris Rock’s old fights
Smith wrote: “I had my own premonition just before the incident on the Oscars stage. It crossed my mind when Chris Rock’s face appeared on the screen as one of the presenters that night. In fact, my stomach tightened,” he recalls in his book. “He was known for attacking me, and from the Oscars stage no less. That was in 2016, six years earlier, during what became known as #OscarsSoWhite.”
In 2016, Rock’s Oscar monologue joked that Smith was upset about the lack of diversity at the awards show.
“Jada said she won’t come,” he protests. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Is Jada going to boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited! exclaimed the comedian, enthusing the audience.
Despite Rock’s subsequent apology, Smith did not speak to him directly for six years. Given the prestige of the Academy Award, she took on the Everyone hates Chris The actor would refrain from making jokes directed at her. However, that was not the case.
Rock proceeded to joke about Smith’s alopecia during the show, causing the star to roll her eyes. Despite her visible annoyance, she claims it wasn’t about how the joke hurt her. It was about how Rock’s prank affected him. other alopecia fighters.
“It was indeed a very light joke, as many expressed, but it was not about me. It frustrated me that most people can’t understand how devastating alopecia can be. “My heart broke for the many who live in shame, the children who committed suicide after being teased and mocked by their classmates,” Smith explained.
He continued: “And now the Oscars, with all their political correctness, were telling the world that it was okay to make jokes at the expense of a woman who suffered from alopecia?”
After the prank, Will slapped Rock. Millions of people saw the gesture live on television and it later became a viral meme on social media.
Jada clears up confusion about her relationship with Will
“Still, I’m not sure why Will is so upset. We had lived separate lives and were there as family, not as husband and wife,” he wrote in the book. “But when I hear Will shout ‘wife’ in the chaos of the moment, an internal shift of Oh s-. . . I’m his wife! It happens instantly.”
After talking with TODAYJada confirmed that she and Will had been separated for six years at the time of the incident. Today, the former couple is still not in a romantic relationship.
Smith’s book Valuable, will be released on October 17.