You will NOT make Jada Pinkett Smith the villain for Oscars 2022
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, not Jada Pinkett Smith
Writer’s note October 13: Jeezus. I wrote this post much, much earlier than I knew anything about her writing a book. I loved the “Will” memoir and specifically remember Will Smith saying he pulled out content about Jada because she wanted his book to be about HIM. But “Worthy” is … I’m done defending this woman. I tried hard. I’ve wiped my hands of it. Not even Afeni Shakur talks about Tupac this much, and that fight seems especially pointless now.
I fully intended to wake up in the morning, maybe laugh at a couple of Oscar memes, browse through comments on this link about the Will Smith smack and go about my day. I’m not married to either one of them. They are not my family. And there is far bigger news than this awards show.
I’d shrugged off the entire incident about an hour after writing the post mentioned above. But now? Now some of you have pissed me off. Somehow, some way and in some deep level of stupid, there’s a segment of the population that has chosen to do what happens in every single scenario with a black woman: You’ve chosen to blame Jada Pinkett Smith for the altercation tonight.
Absolutely brainless, racist white men salivate at any opportunity to insult a black woman — yeah, talking to you, Tom Segura!
Take a casual scroll through social media, and the status updates and tweets go from talking about who is wrong and right between Chris Rock and Will Smith. Dig a little more, and you may see a few folks educating others on what alopecia is. But I’m starting to see a draining trend rise to the top of the social media trends that has made me go from “Meh” to “WTF?”
It’s “blame Jada.”
Chris Rock made an insensitive joke about Jada Pinkett Smith shaving her head. Whether he knew she had alopecia or not is anybody’s guess. It’s not like she’s kept it a secret. She’s spoken at length about her insecurities with her hair thinning out and had an entire episode with a group of women who all were bald for varying reasons — medical or by choice.