Reflecting on her decision to speak out after the drama surrounding Will Smith beating Chris Rock at the Oscars in March and the backlash that followed, Zoë Kravitz said she wishes she’d “handled it differently.”
Eventual Best Actor winner Smith furiously took the stage to slap Rock after making a joke about it Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s shaved head at an awards ceremony, although she has been open in the past about suffering from hair loss and alopecia.
The shocking incident quickly became the main talking point of the evening, and Zoë was one of the first to make a public statement.
The 33-year-old uploaded photos of herself from the ceremony and the after party to Instagram and alluded to the shocking moment in her captions.
Alongside the first photo of herself in her pink Saint Laurent dress, she wrote, “Here’s a picture of my dress at the awards show where we seem to be attacking people on stage now.”
Alongside a picture of herself in a backless white dress at the Vanity Fair after-party, she added, “And here’s a picture of my dress at the post-awards party — where we seem to be yelling profanities and attacking people on stage now.” .’
She also reportedly replied to a commenter with a simple “no” when asked if she supported Smith defending his wife in this way, but later deleted the posts after facing backlash.
The Batman star has now said in a new interview with WSJ Magazine that it’s “a scary time to have an opinion or say the wrong thing or make controversial art or statements or thoughts or anything”.
“It’s mostly scary because art is about conversation. That’s what I think it should always be about. The Internet is the opposite of conversation. The internet is people posting things and not recording anything,” she added.
The actress-director said she was “reminded” that she was “an artist,” meaning it wasn’t about “everyone loves you or everyone thinks you’re hot,” but “to express something that will hopefully start a conversation or inspire people or make them feel seen’.
Zoë continued, “I think I’m at a point right now where I don’t want to express myself through a caption or a tweet. I want to express myself through art.”
Open in the difficulty surrounding the charged situation, she admitted, “I’m torn about what to say now because I’m just supposed to talk about it; I have very complicated feelings about it.
“I wish I had handled it differently. And that’s okay.’
In July, Smith released a surprise full video apology for his actions, primarily to comedian Rock, his mother and brother Tony, and Jada and his family for the impact it had on them.
The Hollywood star, who resigned from the Academy after the incident, said his behavior was “unacceptable” and told Rock he was “here whenever you’re ready to talk”.
Explaining that he wasn’t trying to unpack what just happened, he added: “But I can tell you all – there’s no part of me that thinks this is the right way to behave in this way.” Moment.
“No part of me thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.”
It has since been claimed that Saturday Night Live graduate Rock had “no plans” to hook up with the Wild Wild West star.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/17/zoe-kravitz-regrets-calling-out-will-smiths-oscars-slap-of-chris-rock-17199114/ Zoë Kravitz regrets giving Will Smith's Oscar smack to Chris Rock