Tiffany Haddish defended Will Smith after his moment at the Oscars. The comedian told People magazine that watching Smith slap the presenter Chris Rockafter the disrespectful “joke” about Jada Pinkett Smithwas the “most beautiful thing” she witnessed.
“When I saw a black man defend his wife, it meant a lot to me”he said Haddishwho stars in the movie ‘Girls Trip‘ with Jada Pinkett. “As a woman, who has been unprotected, hears someone say, ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your foul mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband should do, right? Protect you, and that meant the world to me.”
The actress, who also performed at the 2022 Oscars, went on to say: “Maybe the world doesn’t like how it happened, but to me it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there who love and care about their women, their wives.”
Tiffany Haddish even added that Chris Rock is “a friend” of the Smith family and questioned why he joked about Jada’s alopecia-related hair loss, which he already knew about.
Meanwhile, Jada and Will’s son Jaden Smith wrote: “And this is how we do”.
Amid the controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed himself through Twitter, condemning any manifestation of violence.
“The Academy does not condone violence in any form. Tonight we are pleased to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and film lovers around the world.”
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
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