In her Red Table Talk episode, addressing events that occurred at the Oscars in March, American actor and talk show presenter Jada Pinkett Smith says she hopes Will Smith and Chris Rock can reconcile.
She’s used her husband’s Oscar-night meltdown to raise awareness about alopecia areata, a hair-loss illness that affects millions of people.
“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,” Pinkett Smith said.
The actor said she chose to use “this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition” and what it is.
Before diving into the topic, Pinkett Smith addressed the incident at the Academy Awards, when Smith smacked Rock on the stage after Rock made a joke about her appearance.
Pinkett Smith addresses Oscars slap
She addressed the event at the start of her Red Table Talk show.
“Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile,” she said. “The state of the world today, we need them both, and we all actually need one another more than ever.
“Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together.”
Red Table Talk episode dedicated to alopecia
Rio Allred, a 12-year-old girl who was ridiculed because of her hair loss and committed suicide, was among her guests, as did a physician who discussed the various varieties of the illness.
Alopecia areata causes hair to fall out in patches on the scalp and can also affect other areas of the body, such as the eyebrows and nose hair.
Nicole Ball, Rio’s mother, spoke about the Oscar event, which occurred less than two weeks after her daughter’s death.
“What is the universe doing right now? This is crazy,’” Ms Ball said. “People are going to be Googling, ‘What is alopecia … What is this that we’ve never heard of?’ It’s not a joke.”
Pinkett Smith said she heard “so much outrage” from people who suffer from alopecia because there’s “so much shame around it”.
“I think the part that makes it most difficult for me is that it comes and goes. You’re going through a spell of something, and you got to shave your head,” Pinkett Smith said.