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16th Sep 2022

Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates “Bald Is Beautiful Day’ months after Chris Rock’s Oscars joke

Tobi Akingbade

Bald IS beautiful

Nearly six months after her husband Will Smith shocked the world and slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith is celebrating her bald head.

Red Table Talk host took to Instagram on Tuesday, sharing a picture with a caption in celebration of National Bald is Beautiful Day.

“Happy Bald is Beautiful day to all my brothers and sisters with no hair,” the 50-year-old said in the caption of her post.

Her bald head – due to alopecia, which she was first diagnosed with in 2018 – was the butt of a joke that lead to the now-infamous Oscar slap.

Chris Rock was presenting the Best Documentary award at the Oscars in late March, when he noticed Jada in the audience.

“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” he said, referring to the 1997 Demi Moore film G.I. Jane where she’s largely bald throughout the film.

Cameras showed Jada rolling her eyes after the joke and when they cut back to Rock, Smith got up from his seat, calmly walked to Rock and slapped him across the face, before walking back to his seat.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Will Smith appears to slap Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Rock eventually made a joke about the incident earlier this month.

According to TMZ, Rock was performing a show with Dave Chappelle in Liverpool on 4 September, when he finally directly addressed the specific ‘GI Jane’ joke in question.

“Did that shit hurt?” Rock said, referring to his altercation with Smith. “Goddamn right… the motherfucker hit me over a bullshit joke, the nicest joke I ever told!”

Offering his own two cents on the matter, Newsweek notes that Chappelle referred to Smith’s upbringing, wondering if that played a role on Oscar night.

“A lot of people forget who Will Smith is,” Chappelle said. “Then 10 minutes before he was about to get the biggest award, he acted like he was back in Philadelphia.

“Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us,” Chappelle continued.

“Whatever the consequences are… I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again, and lets his real face breathe.”

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