Vivica A. Fox is frustrated with Jada Pinkett Smith’s latest statement about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
During Thursday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show (which is still running under the name until Sherri Shepherd‘s full-time hosting duties officially start this fall), Fox said that she felt it was going to be “difficult” to talk about the incident because she’s worked with both Smiths in films like Set It Off and Independence Day. But she said watching Red Table Talk made her cry.
"I really felt to be a partner to Will Smith whose career basically took a crumble that night," she said.
“We were all rooting for Will Smith that night–Oscar night–we wanted him to win. Will Smith that night as far as I was concerned was going to be crowned this generation’s Sidney Poitier, which is a huge honor.”
She added that she felt that Pinkett Smith didn’t take responsibility for what actually happened that night, saying, “Will Smith was defending her honor, that’s the reason he walked on stage and slapped because he felt like his wife had been offended.” She said she saw Pinkett Smith take “no accountability as a partner.”
"Also, let's not forget, Chris Rock was assaulted. We cannot forget that for basically telling a joke that I really felt wasn't that bad," she continued.
“Let’s not forget the show was executive produced by Will Packer, an African American man. This night was a night of African American and diversity for Brown and Black people. That now will forever be scarred.”
She added that she hopes the Smiths will take more responsibility, saying, "I have love for the Smiths. I know their children. I've watched them grow up. I just wish we could have just a little more accountability and for it to not seem so self-righteous on Jada's part and that's my feelings."
During Wednesday’s Red Table Talk episode, Pinkett Smith talked about the incident on the latest episode of Red Table Talk. She said she hoped her husband and Rock can “have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.”
“Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years–and that’s [to] keep figuring out this thing called life together,” she continued.
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