Jada Pinkett Smith has finally responded to Chris Rock’s Oscar jokes. But she has not been as crude as Chris Rock was. She made sure that she kept her calm when she responded to Rock’s comment. Instead of getting worked up about what Rock said, she made sure she highlighted the seriousness of the issue she was trying to talk about. She said “it comes with the territory” and that “we got to keep it moving.”
“It comes with the territory, sweetheart,” she told x17online. “We got to keep it moving, there’s a lot of stuff we got to handle, a lot of stuff in our world right now. We got to keep it moving.”
Her response was to Chris Rock’s monologue at the Academy Awards 2016 he was hosting. Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith skipped the Oscars this year. Rock indicated that Jada wasn’t invited to the Oscars and that she boycotting the Oscars was rather ironic. Entertainment Weekly reproduced the monologue, “What happened this year? People went nuts. Spike [Lee] got mad. Jada went mad. Will went mad. Everyone went mad!” Rock said about the celebrities who weighed in on the matter. “Jada said she’s not coming. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on TV show?’ Jada’s gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties – I wasn’t invited!”
He went on to suggest that Jada was probably annoyed that Will Smith was not nominated for his role in the movie Concussion. “Her man Will was not nominated for Concussion. I get it. You get mad. It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. You’re right. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West!”
However, Will Smith seemed absolutely unfazed by Chris Rock’s comments. People reported that he was seen leaving the set of his film Collateral Beauty in New York.
Chris Rock made some jokes at the Oscars about how “white” they were. He went on to say, “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.” Another of his jokes was also directed towards the supposed racism at the Oscars. “You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job! You’d all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.”
Jada Pinkett Smith announced their boycott on Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
“Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday, and I can’t help but ask the question: Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” she said.
“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people, and we are powerful,” she said. “So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us, differently.”
Apart from Jada Pinkett Smith, filmmaker Spike Lee also boycotted the Oscars. Spike Lee said, “We cannot support it and [I] mean no disrespect… But, how is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches,” Lee wrote on Instagram. “Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!”
In opposition of the all-white nominations at the Oscars, #OscarsSoWhite trended on social media the week before the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has faced a lot of criticism for not keeping in touch with the changing times, CNN reported.
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