Heavily criticized since the slap in the face of Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022, Will Smith has seen several of his projects put on hold and resigned from the Academy of Oscars. A gesture and a controversy that Jada Pinkett Smith regrets, believing that she “does not need protection” according to a close source.
Slap at the Oscars 2022: scandal in the middle of the ceremony
On Sunday, March 27, Will Smith undoubtedly lived the worst and the best of his career in one evening. During the ceremony, the star won Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Williams Method. A trophy that the actor received with tears in his eyes. During his acceptance speech, he expressed his regrets for a gesture committed a few minutes earlier against Chris Rock.
While on the Dolby Theater stage to present the statuette for Best Documentary, the comedian launched a valve on Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia. A joke at which his companion first laughed, before approaching Chris Rock and slapping him hard. After returning to his seat, the actor yelled at him not to mention his wife’s name again.
An act commented on and deplored throughout the world. Several Hollywood celebrities like Jim Carrey have castigated Will Smith’s attitude. The latter has since issued a public apology to the comic. Under the influence of a disciplinary procedure from the Academy of the Oscars, he has also taken the lead in resigning from the organization. At the same time, several studios have decided to put some of his projects on hold. Sony has for example discontinued the production of Badboys 4while the actor had just received about forty pages of the script.
Jada Pinkett Smith ‘doesn’t need protection
While the interpreter of Niobe in the saga Matrix recently published a message of appeasement on the Web, a source close to his couple confided in US Weekly on his feelings about the controversy. According to her, Jada Pinkett Smith would have preferred that Will Smith not intervene after the valve of Chris Rock.
Quoted by Paris Match the source said:
It was in the heat of the moment and he overreacted. He knows it, she knows it. They agree that he overreacted.
The actress would also believe that she doesn’t need anyone to defend herself :
She is not one of those women who needs protection. She is not a green plant. She is a strong woman, with character, who can fight her own battles. But she stays by his side, she’s not angry.
The couple would indeed remain united according to their loved one:
They stick together through good times and bad. They’ve overcome a lot together, it’s just a new test for them.