As we analyze how offensive Chris Rock‘s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith was — one lady who's been an extended alopecia advocate says … it is extra flattering than something.
Swedish-born actress Jannica Olin — who first began shedding her hair to alopecia in 2013 — dished her ideas concerning the awkward Oscars second to THR … and she or he makes it clear, the ‘G.I. Jane’ dig wasn't almost as massive a deal in her eyes because it apparently was for Jada.
JO says as she watched again clips of the alternate after the very fact, she was ready for the hurtful half to come back about — however for her, it by no means actually did.
Jannica provides, “I didn’t see what was offensive about it … And I’m very conscious all of us have totally different experiences, and we’re all somewhere else. To me, personally, that … joke was not offensive. I believe that’s cool.”
She goes on to clarify that the ‘G.I. Jane’ character — Jordan O'Neill, performed by Demi Moore within the ‘90s — is portrayed as a tough-as-nails badass, and a logo of feminine empowerment … and that to her, she would've taken Rock's joke as reward reasonably than a mean-spirited barb.
Jannica says, “I'd have beloved to have that stated to me. However that’s me, proper? I can’t converse for anybody else.”
Whereas Jannica acknowledges alopecia would possibly have an effect on individuals in a different way — together with Jada and by default, Will too — she says he nonetheless ought to've restrained himself … even when he was pissed off. She says, “We're all human. We're all going to get triggered by issues. However it's a must to be an grownup and sit with one thing and perhaps not react that method, it doesn't matter what.”
This has been a raging debate because the starting — specifically, was Will's response merely a results of the hair crack itself, or was it deeper. Most appear to agree … there would possibly've been a number of elements going into the smack, however that maybe the bald joke was the final straw.
It is also unclear how offended Jada herself truly was within the second — sure, she did roll her eyes and present disapproval … however simply days earlier than the Oscars, she telegraphed confidence about her alopecia and baldness. So, seemingly blended alerts on that entrance.
After all, there is a race component to this as effectively … many within the African-American group have argued that hair is especially necessary and significant to Black ladies — so some won't settle for Jannica's take right here at face worth, seeing how she's white.
FWIW, Jannica's hair loss was clearly very painful for her too … she has detailed at nice size that it was an enormous a part of her id and self-worth as a girl. In any case — it could seem Jada is getting a transfer on together with her life … she's already out and about.