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Zoë Kravitz ‘wishes’ she would handle Will Smith’s Oscar slap differently: ‘It’s a scary time to have an opinion’


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Zoë Kravitz has some regrets.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kravitz revealed that she “wished” she handled the way she called Will Smith’s slap in the face differently at the Oscars.

Shortly after the actress attended the awards show, Kravitz took to Instagram and shared a deleted photo of herself from the red carpet and wrote, “Here’s a pic of my dress at the show where we apparently assault people on stage now.”

Zoë Kravitz regrets the way she handled Will Smith’s slap in the face at the Oscars.
(Arturo Holmes)

She also replied “no” to an Instagram user who asked her in the comments if she supported Smith’s actions.

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“I’m torn about what to say right now, because I’m supposed to talk about it. I have very complicated feelings about it,” Kravitz told the outlet. “I wish I had handled it differently. And that’s fine.”

At the time, Kravitz also posted a second since-deleted image with the caption, “and here’s a pic of my dress at the party after the awards show – where we’re apparently yelling profanities and mugging people on stage now .”

Will Smith, right, punches presenter Chris Rock onstage while presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Will Smith, right, punches presenter Chris Rock onstage while presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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According to Variety, the 33-year-old actress faced a strong online backlash for her comments, with some netizens pointing to a 2013 interview she did with V magazine where she commented on Smith’s son. , Jaden Smith, who was 14 at the time.

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In his interview with WSJ, Kravitz addressed the consequences of his Oscar post.

Zoë Kravitz attends the 94th Academy Awards.

Zoë Kravitz attends the 94th Academy Awards.
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“It’s a scary time to have an opinion, or to say the wrong thing, or to make art or controversial statements or thoughts or whatever,” she said at the point of sale. “It’s mostly scary because art is about conversation. That should, in my opinion, always be the goal. The internet is the opposite of conversation. The internet is about people spreading stuff and not taking nothing.”

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She added: “I was reminded that I was an artist. Being an artist is not about everyone liking you or everyone thinking you’re sexy. It’s about expressing something that will hopefully spark a conversation or inspire people or make them feel seen. I think I’m in a place right now where I don’t want to express myself through a caption or a tweet. I want to express myself through art.

Smith stunned the Dolby Theater crowd and viewers at home when he took the stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife.

Kravitz said it was a "scary time to have an opinion" after the backlash of Smith's Oscar slap.

Kravitz said it was “a scary time to have an opinion” following the backlash over Smith’s Oscar slap.
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Rock turned to Pinkett Smith and said, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2’, can’t wait to see it.”

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The joke struck a chord. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her diagnosis of alopecia. Smith has since publicly apologized to Rock and was banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years.

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