After Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on the Oscars stage today for a joke on his wife actor Jada Pinkett Smith, many on Twitter said the presenter’s comments were in poor taste as she suffers from alopecia.
For the unversed, Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith starring in G.I. Jane II for her closely shaved head. In the 1997 movie “G.I. Jane”, Demi Moore had played the titular character who shaved her head as a Navy seal in a total transformation.
Pinkett Smith has opened up about her struggle with alopecia areata that prompted her to shave her head eventually. She revealed her diagnosis in 2018 at the Red Table Talk series where she said it "was terrifying" to deal with in the beginning. Alopecia areata is condition causes severe hair loss when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles.
Last year in July, Pinkett Smith had shaved her hair off and said in a post that her daughter Willow Smith urged her to do it.