It may seem like an eternity since “The Slap,” but the infamous incident is still fresh in Zoë Kravitz’s mind. Two days after Will Smith hit Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia while on stage at this year’s Oscars, the 33-year-old actor found himself implicated into the scandal by simply posting a caption and comment on Instagram. “Here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we’re apparently assaulting people on stage now,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself in the pink Saint Laurent dress she wore tonight in question. “You don’t support him in defending his wife?” one user commented, to which Kravitz succinctly replied “no.” She eventually deleted the post, but the backlash continued. Now, nearly five months later, Kravitz has made it clear that she regrets using her platform to call out Smith.
“I’m torn on what to say right now, because I’m just supposed to talk about it; I have very complicated feelings about it,” she told the WSJ. Magazine. “I wish I had handled it differently. And that’s okay. The response got Kravitz thinking about speaking out in general. “It’s a scary time to have an opinion or to say the wrong thing or to do something controversial art or statements or thoughts or whatever,” she continued. “It’s mostly scary because art is about conversation. That should, in my opinion, always be the point. The internet is the opposite of conversation. The internet is about people posting stuff and taking nothing.”
Kravitz learned from what she now sees as her mistake. “I was reminded that I was an artist,” she added. “Being an artist isn’t about everyone liking you or everyone thinking you’re hot. It’s about expressing something that hopefully will spark a conversation or inspire people or will make people 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.
Kravitz isn’t the only one still thinking about The Slap: Less than a month ago, Smith broke his silence in an extremely belated video in which he formally apologized to Rock. From the sound of it, however, Kravitz is ready to put it all in the past. Her schedule has returned to its usual programming: ads for Saint Laurent, photos of her dad Lenny, and teasing of her debut as a director cat island (with her boyfriend, Channing Tatum).