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Denzel Washington’s Words after Will Smith Slap at Oscars Shows He’s the Friend

The Will Smith slap of Chris Rock during the Oscars telecast 2022 became a huge topic of discussion after the show. But Denzel Washington’s words of advice for Will immediately following the unfortunate incident offers some powerful insight for all of us. When times get tough, this is just the kind of friend we all need in our corner!

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, 2022, was a big night for so many. And it was a huge moment for actor Will Smith who won the award for Best Actor for his role in the film, King Richard, where he played Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Though Will has won several awards in the past for both his music and acting career, this marked his first Oscar.

Sadly, though, an on-camera altercation between Will Smith and the Oscars 2022 host Chris Rock occurred shortly before Will received the award, overshadowing what should have been a joyous moment.

Oscars 2022 Host Chris Rock Mocks Jada Pinkett Smith’s Hair

As a variety of celebrities step on and off the stage to present the different awards, their speeches usually include some type of poking fun. And the Oscars have developed a somewhat roast-like atmosphere.

However, the jokes can range from fairly innocent to incredibly snarky and everywhere in between. And this type of humor begs the question, “how far is too far?”

This seems to be the impetus for the Will Smith slap incident that occurred during the Oscars telecast in 2022.

As Oscars 2022 host Chris Rock did his bit, he made a joke about the shaved head of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“Jada I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” he teased, referencing how actress Demi Moore famously shaved her head for her role in the movie G.I. Jane.

Chris Rock clearly felt this was an innocent joke, following it up with the comment, “That was a nice one.” And Will Smith initially laughed the comment off. However, that all changed after his wife’s reaction.

Jada Pinkett Smith Alopecia And Will Smith Slap

Jada Pinkett Smith clearly didn’t find the remark funny. Her shaved head is actually the result of a medical condition, not a fashion statement or stunt for an upcoming movie.

In 2018, doctors diagnosed Jada Pinkett Smith with alopecia, a condition causing hair loss. While male baldness is relatively common and accepted in today’s society, that’s not so much the case for women. So, the loss of hair can be embarrassing and emotionally devastating for a woman.

Jada has publicly shared her diagnosis and embraced the condition by shaving her head. She’s worked hard to make the most of an illness she can’t control, vowing that, “Me and this alopecia, we are going to be friends.”

But that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s immune to the fears, doubts, and insecurities that arise when a woman loses her hair. So, Chris Rock’s joke about her…

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