Will Smith slammed Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars after the comedian made a tasteless joke about his wife’s shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith indeed suffers from alopecia.
[Mis à jour le 29 mars 2022 à 9h54] Jada Pinkett Smith found herself in spite of herself at the heart of the most commented sequence of the Oscars 2022, this Sunday, March 27, 2022. Chris Rock was on stage to present an award and introduced the sequence by making a joke about the wife of Will Smith. He mocked his shaved head, comparing it to Demi Moore’s in the movie AT equal arms. However, Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a condition that accelerates hair loss.
Furious, her husband went on stage to slap Chris Rock. Seconds later, Will Smith shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” The sequence, described by many as an “incident”, was widely commented on, while the Academy of Oscars condemned the gesture and declared to open an “investigation”. Will Smith later apologized on stage at the Oscars and on Instagram.
If Chris Rock’s joke shocked Will Smith so much, it’s probably because it was attacking his wife’s illness. Indeed, in 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith was revealed to suffer from alopecia. This disease causes the acceleration of the loss of hair and pushed the actress to completely shave her head. It is not a fatal disease, but it is indeed an autoimmune disease of the nervous system, a frequent source of baldness in women. Since then, the actress appears regularly on the red carpets proudly displaying her shaved head. Yet it is on this subject that Chris Rock decided to joke during the Oscars ceremony, which did not please Will Smith at all.
Jada Pinkett Smith decided to share her journey with alopecia on social media. On Instagram, she recently explained that she had discovered a line of hair loss above her head and explained how she was going to try to hide it. “Mom is going to put rhinestones on top, it will make me a little crown”. The fact of expressing oneself so freely about this disease also makes it possible to open a dialogue on this subject. Indeed, Jada Pinkett Smith is far from being the only woman to fight against alopecia. A 2016 study giving the floor to nearly 5,600 black women found that 47.6% of them experienced hair loss.
While the Hollywood elite gathered at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022, several presenters presented the Academy Awards. Called to present the statuette for best documentary film, comedian Chris Rock allowed himself to chain several jokes. He notably targeted actress Jada Pinkett Smith, claiming to be eager to see her in the sequel to Equal Arms, a film where Demi Moore has a shaved head. At this moment of the ceremony, we can clearly see Jada Pinkett Smith rolling her eyes, no doubt tired of this reference to her baldness. A few seconds later, Will Smith gets up from his seat and goes to slap Chris Rock.
Jada Pinkett Smith is an American actress, producer, and singer born September 18, 1971, in Baltimore. In her youth, she joined the Baltimore School of Arts and then joined a theater school in North Carolina where she studied for a year before embarking on an acting career. It was first on television that Jada Pinkett Smith made her debut as an actress. We see her briefly in the series 21 Jump Street and Doctor Doogie before she landed her first regular role in Campus Show where she played from 1991 to 1993. The cinema then opened its doors to her, she played in Menace II Society and The Inkwell in 1993 and 1994.
In the 2000s, Jada Pinkett Smith will participate in what is undoubtedly her most famous feat in Hollywood: the Matrix trilogy. She plays the role of Captain Niobé alongside Keanu Reeves’ Neo in the Wachowski sisters’ Science Fiction saga. She will also resume this role in 2021 in Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in the saga. In 2001 and 2004, she played twice for Michael Mann, in Ali then in Collateral. On television, she played the main role of the series Hawthorne, head nurse for three seasons from 2009 to 2011.