For her response to Will Smith’s Oscars slap, Zoe Kravitz has faced criticism

For her response to Will Smith’s Oscars slap, Zoe Kravitz has faced criticism

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Zoë Kravitz, who plays Batman, has spoken out over Will Smith's infamous Oscars slap to her 8.2 million Instagram followers.

For her response to Will Smith’s Oscars slap, Zoe Kravitz has faced criticism

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Zoë Kravitz, who plays Batman, has spoken out over Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap to her 8.2 million Instagram followers.

“Here’s a picture of my dress at the award show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a pale pink Saint Laurent dress on the Oscars red carpet.

“And here’s a picture of my dress at the party after the award show – where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now,” she wrote alongside a photo of her wearing a white open back column gown by Saint Laurent to the Vanity Fair after-party.

Zoë Kravitz has received a barrage of criticism from social media users in the 24 hours following her tweet, with many accusing her of not wanting to be affiliated with Black culture and mentioning a 2015 interview she had with Nylon magazine.

Kravitz told Nylon at the time, “I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in.” “I didn’t identify with Black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and i wasn’t into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young.”

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On Twitter, Kravitz’s name has been trending, with many citing the 2015 piece and others suggesting she should have kept her opinions to herself.

One twitter user wrote: “She should have just sat there and ate her food”

While another proclaimed: “ zoe kravitz lost all her twitter hype in just 30 minutes”.

However, the daughter of rock singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet wasn’t alone in her condemnation of Smith’s conduct on Sunday; actor Jim Carrey and director Judd Apatow joined her in her displeasure.

If you haven’t heard by now (how? ), Smith stormed onto the stage during the 94th Academy Awards after comedian Chris Rock made an offensive joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia. He then slapped the presenter and screamed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth!” before returning to his seat.

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“They’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind,” said Apatow in a now-deleted tweet.

Other celebrities, on the other hand, have pointed out that Smith was protecting his wife, while others have utilised the opportunity to speak out against the brutality and remarks that Black women and other marginalised people are frequently forced to endure in the name of “comedy.”

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“Here’s the thing,” global superstar Nicki Minaj tweeted. “And this is such an AMAZING – EYE OPENING example of it… The husband gets a front row seat to his wife’s pain… he’s the 1 consoling her… drying her tears behind closed doors when those cameras go off. Social media has made ppl feel that these ‘husbands’ won’t ever run into them in real life.”

“You just got to witness in real time what happens in a man’s soul when he looks over to the woman he loves & sees her holding back tears from a ‘little joke’ at her expense,” she added. “This is what any & every real man feels in that instant. while y’all seeing the joke he’s seeing her pain”

 

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While Whoopi Goldberg said on ABC’s The View, “I just think it was a lot of stuff, probably, built up. Because 2016, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21 brought a lot of jokes [about Smith and Pinkett Smith] — some of them really low, some of them OK. I think he overreacted,” said the 1986 Best Actress Oscar winner. “And in 2016 — Chris was also the host of the Oscars that year — and it was funny. I would have been a little annoyed. … But I think he had one of those moments where it was just like, ‘G— it. Just stop. Just stop.’ And you got all the pressure of hoping that you win and trying to keep your face. I get it.”

Smith issued an apology to Rock on Monday, expressing regret for his conduct.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.

“I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

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