- Willow Smith breaks her silence on Oscar slaps in an interview with Billboard.
- The singer and host of “Red Table Talk” said the incident did not “shock me like my own inner demon”.
- Her comments came after her father Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock via video.
For the first time since the incident, Willow Smith has spoken publicly about her father Will Smith’s infamous Oscars in an interview Taylor Mims of Billboard.
At the 2022 Oscars, Smith slapped comedian and Oscars host Chris Rock for joking about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
The slap immediately took social media by storm, she told Billboard, but it didn’t affect Willow’s creative process.
“[The slap didn’t] Shocked me like my own inner demon,” Willow told the outlet.
“I consider my entire family to be human, and I love and accept all of their humanity,” she told Billboard. “Because of where we are, our humanity is sometimes unacceptable, and we behave in ways that are not conducive to healthy human life and to honesty.”
While Willow’s comments to Billboard marked her first time addressing the controversy head-on, she appeared to refer to the incident on Instagram two days after the Oscars. On March 29, Willow shared a quote from motivational speaker Jay Shetty: “You know who is going through a lot right now? Literally, everyone. Be kind.”
In June, Pinkett Smith used her “Red Table Talk” platform to discuss hair loss and to express her desire for reconciliation and healing from all parties involved.
In July, Smith broke his silence in a YouTube video, apologizing to Locke and expressing his “hurt.”
Insider’s Jason Guerrasio reports that Smith has reached out to Locke and hopes to speak with him when he’s “ready.” In addition to apologizing, Smith expressed regret for his actions. “Falling people down is my core trauma. I hate letting people down,” he said in the video.
In addition to resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Smith was banned from the awards ceremony for 10 years.