LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jada Pinkett Smith turned her husband’s blast at the Oscars into an instructive moment about focal alopecia, a hair loss disease that affects her and millions of others, which in some cases can affect a person’s sense of personality.
“Given what I’ve been through with my health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have approached me with their stories,” Pinkett Smith said in an episode of Red Table Talk on Wednesday.
The actress said she decided to use “this moment to give our family with alopecia a chance to talk about what it’s like to have this condition” and what it is. Among her guests were the mother of 12-year-old girl Rio Allred, who was mocked for hair loss and who died as a result of suicide, and a doctor who explained the different types of disease.
Before addressing the subject, Pinkett Smith spoke at the Oscars on March 27. She and her husband Will Smith, a nominee for Best Actor, were in the audience when presenter Chris Rock joked at the expense of Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. “GI Jane 2 can’t wait to see it,” Rock said. Pinkett Smith, who spoke publicly about her alopecia, had a distinctly shaved head, similar to the head of Demi Moore in the 1997 film.
Smith stepped out of his seat in the front row onto the stage and hit Rocco, shocking the comedian and the audience. Smith, who returned to his seat and later won an Oscar for “King Richard”, later apologized to Rocco, but was dismissed from the ceremony for 10 years by the Film Academy.
“Now, as for the Oscars, I hope these two smart, capable men get a chance to heal, talk about it and reconcile,” Pinkett Smith told Red Table Talk in an indirect reference to Smith and Rocco. “Today’s state is where we need both and we all need each other more than ever.
“Until then, Will and I continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years, and it’s continuing to figure out this thing called living together,” said Pinkett Smith, who previously described the incident in a brief post on Instagram. “It’s treatment season and I’m here for it.”
The actor (“Journey for Girls”, “The Matrix”), who hosts a Facebook show with his daughter Willow and her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, said that millions of people live with alopecia and what she called “shame”. which surrounds him. The condition, especially in black women, can affect a man’s perception of himself and cause him to often face others ’perceptions of beauty, hair, race and culture.
Rio’s mother, Nicole Ball, spoke about the impact of the Oscar-winning incident less than two weeks after her daughter’s death.
“What is the universe doing now? This is madness, ”Bol recalled. “People will google, ‘What is alopecia … What is it that we’ve never heard of?’ This is not a joke. “
According to the National Focus Alopecia Foundation, the disease affects up to 6.8 million people in the United States of all ages, genders, and ethnicities, and symptoms can vary.
“I think the hardest thing for me is that it comes and goes. You’re going through a spell of something, and you need to shave your head, “said Pinkett Smith.