Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars after the comic made a tasteless joke about his wife’s shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith actually suffers from alopecia.
[Mis à jour le 29 mars 2022 à 9h54] Jada Pinkett Smith found herself in the heart of the most talked about sequence at the 2022 Oscars, this Sunday, March 27, 2022. Chris Rock took the stage to present an award and presented the sequence by making a joke about the woman of Will Smith. He teased her 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 took to the stage to slap Chris Rock. A few 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 Awards condemned the gesture and declared an “investigation” open. Will Smith later apologized on stage at the Oscars and on Instagram.
If Chris Rock’s joke surprised Will Smith so much, it was probably because he was attacking his wife’s illness. In fact, in 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she suffered from alopecia. This disease causes the acceleration of hair and hair loss, and pushed the actress to completely shave her head. It is not a deadly disease, but it is an autoimmune disease of the nervous system, a common source of baldness in women. Since then, the actress has regularly appeared on the red carpets proudly showing off her shaved head. However, it is on this subject that Chris Rock decided to joke during the Oscars ceremony, which did not like Will Smith at all.
Already Pinkett Smith decided to share her journey with alopecia on social media. On Instagram, he recently explained that he had discovered a lost hairline above his head and explained how he was going to try to hide it. “My mother will put stones on it, she will make me a small crown.” Expressing oneself so freely about this disease also opens up a dialogue on the subject. In fact, Jada Pinkett Smith is far from the only woman battling alopecia. A 2016 study that gave the floor to about 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 especially pointed to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who said he wanted to see her in the sequel to Equal Arms, a film where Demi Moore has her head shaved. At this point in 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 slaps Chris Rock.
Jada Pinkett Smith is an American actress, producer, and singer born on September 18, 1971 in Baltimore. In her youth, she joined the Baltimore School of Arts and then attended a theater school in North Carolina where she studied for a year before embarking on an acting career. She was the first on television that Jada Pinkett Smith debuted as an actress. We see her briefly on the series 21 Jump Street and Doctor Doogie before getting her first regular role on the Campus Show, where she acted from 1991 to 1993. Then the cinema opened its doors to her, she acted in Menace II Society and The Inkwell in 1993 and 1994.
In the 2000’s, Jada Pinkett Smith will take part in what is arguably her most famous feat in Hollywood: the Matrix trilogy. She plays the role of Captain Niobe alongside Keanu Reeves in Neo in the Wachowski sisters’ sci-fi saga. He will also reprise this role in 2021 in Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in the series. In 2001 and 2004, he played twice for Michael Mann, Ali and then Collateral. On television, she played the lead role in the series Hawthorne, a senior nurse for three seasons from 2009 to 2011.
If Jada Pinkett Smith made a few fewer movie appearances in the 2010s, we still see her in Magic Mike XXL but also in Bad Moms alongside Mila Kunis. He also regularly participates in the Gotham series, which is interested in Bruce Wayne’s youthful years before becoming Batman, in which he plays the role of a mobster named Fish Mooney from 2014 to 2017. In 2021, he played producer of The Williams Method, which won her husband Will Smith the Best Actor Oscar in 2022.
Pinkett Smith had already teamed up with Will Smith in 1997. The two actors met in 1994 when the actress auditioned for the role of Smith’s girlfriend on the Prince of Bel-Air series. If Jada Pinkett is not retained, strong bonds of friendship are for the time being. They dated 1997 and got married the same year. His son, Jaden Smith, was born in 1998, followed by his daughter Willow Smith in 2000.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have been dating since 1997. However, this relationship has had its ups and downs. Today, the couple is still holding out, but it is also thanks to the many commitments they were able to make. In an interview with GQ in September 2021, Will Smith explained that the two had “commanded endless important discussions about what the perfection of relationships is.” After spending a lot of time monogamous, the Pinkett-Smith couple is now freer. “We gave each other confidence and freedom, with the conviction that everyone must find their own way,” the actor explained before continuing: “He never believed in conventional marriage,” he said. “He had members of his family who lived in unconventional relationships.” And to conclude that, according to him, “marriage cannot be a prison.”
In a book published in November 2021, Will Smith continued his revelations about his union with Jada Pinkett-Smith. He explained in particular that the couple had to re-evaluate their romance. “Our marriage didn’t work out. We couldn’t pretend anymore. We were both unhappy and obviously something had to change” in his approach to marriage and especially monogamy. However, the actor specified not to advise this to everyone, quite the contrary. “I’m not suggesting this route to anyone. But the experiences that the freedoms we have given ourselves and the unconditional support, for me, are the ultimate definition of love.”