Jameela Jamil is speaking out for black women after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face after insulting wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head at the Oscars in front of a worldwide television audience
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Presenter Jameela Jamil has joined the excitement of Oscars night when Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock after making a derogatory joke about his wife’s shaved head.
Taking to Instagram, Jameela spoke about the over-the-top coverage of the events and offered a thought-provoking discussion of the treatment of black women.
The former T4 presenter also said that while she doesn’t condone violence, she claimed Will “gently slapped” Chris for assaulting his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in front of a global audience.
Hollywood A-listers and fans were stunned when Smith, 53, marched on stage and Rock, 57, after a shock joke about his wife Jada’s hair loss, which she previously shared, was due to alopecia.
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Sharing her take, Jameela wrote, “Will Smith said ‘Not today.’ A man big enough to absolutely knock him to the ground slapped him gently enough that Chris barely moved while poking fun at his wife’s alopecia on a world stage.
“Don’t say protect black women for two years and then just judge Will here. Come on…”
She also shared a black and white shot of Will Smith with Malcolm X quoting: “The most respected women in America are the black women.
The most vulnerable people in America are black women. The most neglected person in America is black women.”
Jameela also added a lengthy post, speaking out against inaccurate reporting of the ordeal as she posed a series of probing questions.
She wrote: “Several things can be true at the same time.
“Is slapping wrong? Yes.”
“Is it wrong to make fun of health/disability? Yes’
“Is it wrong to respect a black woman for her hair in a country where black women’s hair has been politicized and a source of ridicule for hundreds of years, yes.”
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“But the way the discourse is all about the slap, and how many people have jumped up to exaggerate it?
“Huge publications called it a slap when it absolutely wasn’t one. Famous people exclaiming, ‘It could have killed him!’ When it was a light slap… it all plays into the exaggeration of the danger and violence of black men in America.
“If you *just* talk about the slap online… it’s a little yikes for me.”
Jameela, who hosts her own podcast promoting inclusivity, went on to expand on the broader issues surrounding the treatment of black women being publicly ridiculed and the apparent acceptance in society of what she believes needs to stop.
” Chris struck out. Will swung over. Not only the physical behavior should be examined. Laughing the world politely at a woman who has lost her hair, being taunted on a world stage… is more damaging than you think. To any person with cancer or alopecia, an autoimmune disease affecting their appearance, etc.
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“Tonight shouldn’t be the start of hitting people for their jokes, but it should be the end of making fun of people’s health problems.”
She captioned the post with a personal side note, adding, “Anyway, most of all I hope Jada has a nice evening. She looked damn beautiful.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jameela-jamil-stands-up-black-26574456 Jameela Jamil is taking a stand for black women in the wake of Will Smith's Oscar breakout