It’s been a few days since Will Smith unexpectedly took the stage at the Academy Awards and slapped Chris Rock in reaction to a distasteful joke about Will’s own wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Since then, celebrities have gone on the record with their opinions about the drama-filled evening.
Given that the slap basically obfuscated everything else that happened at the Oscars, it is no surprise that stars are still addressing the event. The latest celebrity to speak out about the controversy is 33-year-old actor Zoë Kravitz, who took to Instagram to make her position clear.
Zoë specifically discussed the incident in two separate posts. Yesterday, she published a photo of herself on the Oscars red carpet wearing a beautiful, pale pink Saint Laurent dress and captioned the image, "Here's a picture of my dress at the award show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now."
One of her followers directly asked her, "You don't support him defending his wife?" Zoë simply replied, "Nope."
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Just a few hours later, Zoë posted another photo of herself on Instagram, this one showing off her look at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party. The star wore another Saint Laurent dress at the event, a stunning white column gown boasting an open back. In this second photo, Zoë doubled down on her stance regarding the Will Smith/Chris Rock affair.
"And here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show—where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now," she captioned the image.
Zoë's comments preceded Will's public apology, which came just a few hours later on his Instagram page.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally," Will wrote. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness."
The actor went on to apologize to the Academy as well and ended his note with, "I am a work in progress."
Jada also remained silent about the controversy until yesterday, when she shared an intriguing message on her Instagram account. "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," she wrote.
Although Chris declined to press charges against his fellow actor, Will's behavior is under formal review by the Academy.
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers news, entertainment, lifestyle, culture, food, travel and more. Read more of her work at annabenyehuda.com.
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