Jada Pinkett Smith opens about the Oscars and the effect it had.
By: Kenneth Simpson
Chattanooga (Mocsnews) – Jada Pinkett Smith who has been in the spotlight because of her husband Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars has decided to open up about the incident on her Red Table Talk. She has decided to use the platform to bring awareness to alopecia and how it can affect people’s mental health and her own health.
She tried many things to hide the loss of her hair and it had gotten to the point where her hairline was at a point where it was no hiding it as she detailed so in a video on Instagram highlighting what she had done to her hair.
“Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories,” Smith said, “I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is.”
Smith is using the spotlight that the slapping incident has created for something sustainable and that won’t do harm to anyone.
At the Oscars Chris Rock’s joke about “G.I. Jane 2” sent shockwaves into the internet and memes were born, for a second it seemed like everyone was laughing at the expense of Smith.
Smith has been on record as early as 2018 talking about the loss of her hair and her first thought was “Oh my god, am I going bald” which was a terrifying experience for her because she has always had long beautiful hair in some ways represented her.
It messed with Smith as alopecia took over and it was time to let go of it, she isn’t alone in the journey.
On the show, she brought on a guest Niki Ball whose daughter Rio Allred was 12 years old when she committed suicide because she was bullied because of her hair. Straight from the Naaf (National Alopecia Areata Foundation) “Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. In fact, it affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%.”
This disease has affected many people old and young Smith was just front and center. She could’ve chosen any other way to talk about the slapping, but she chose to raise awareness for people just like her.
Her husband Will Smith has received bans from all of the Academy events for up to 10 years citing it as a larger goal to protect performers and guests. As for the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock Jada Pinkett Smith hopes that there will be some type of reconciliation between the two parties.
“Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile,” Smith said, “The state of the world today, we need them both and we all actually need one another more than ever.”
She has coined this the season of healing and hopes everyone is learning from the situation.