Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence over Chris Rock’s jokes about her, during the Oscars 2016 held on Feb. 28.
The actress made her first public comment several days after Rock mentioned her and her husband Will Smith during his monologue for the opening ceremony of the recently held 88th Academy Awards. She even appeared unaffected with being the subject of Rock’s joke during the event.
She told reporters while making her way through the Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday that being the subject of the comedian’s joke “comes with the territory,” E! News reported. Jada also commented that people should move on from Rock’s Oscars joke. She explained that there were more important things that people should take notice of and address.
"Hey look, it comes with the territory but we gotta keep it moving. We gotta keep it moving. We gotta keep it moving. There's a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff in our world right now. We gotta keep it moving,” she said.
Prior to the Oscars ceremony, Jada was among the celebrities who were vocal over the Oscars’ lack of diversity, given that majority of the Academy Awards’ nominees were white. She also previously announced that she was going to boycott the prestigious event.
However, in Rock’s opening speech, he made the aforementioned issue as part of his monologue. The comedian and actor also joked about Jada and called out Will for not having been nominated for this year’s Oscars.
Meanwhile, “Fast and Furious” actor Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram to slam Rock over his joke on Jada. He described the Oscars 2016 host’s joke as “tasteless” and questioned why he had to use the event to “tear down and diminish one of the strongest most fearless black women” in the industry, the Guardian reported.
“Jokes are just jokes right???? Not when someone is trying to affect change......... Not when someone is willing to put it ALL on the line to affect change for our daughters and sons of the future........ Shame on you Chris Rock,” Gibson wrote on the social media site.