Jada Pinkett Smith: “This Is A Season For Healing And I’m Here For It”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jada Pinkett Smith is breaking her silence after her husband Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards. The actress posted a message on Instagram saying only, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

The statement comes after Will Smith issued a second apology on Monday saying in part, “My behavior at (the) Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.”

The now infamous slap occurred after Rock made a joke about Jada’s shaved head. The Matrix star has been open about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that leads to hair loss. A local dermatologist talked with WCCB about the stigma surrounding women and the disorder. Dr. Tonya McLeod of Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology says, “Most of the patients that suffer from alopecia are very distressed about it. Men and women, but especially women, right? Because our hair is our crown. Our hair is our glory. Men they can just shave it off and move forward with life because there are a lot of men that wear the bald head. And that’s very socially acceptable in our society. However, when we see women do that we kind of give them a double take. Did she have chemo? Did she have surgery? So there’s a lot more stigma with women having alopecia then men.”

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson
WCCB News Edge contributor and host of Live With The QCB on 94.7 FM, Tremaine “QCB” Sloan