The barb, a reference to Demi Moore’s famous buzzcut in the 1997 action movie G.I. Jane, didn’t land well with the Smiths. Smith stood up from his seat, casually walked up to Rock onstage, and slapped him in the face while their peers watched in bewilderment. Stalking back to his seat, the King Richard star made his reasons clear to everyone in the audience:
Singling Pinkett Smith out by making fun of her shaved head, a side effect of an autoimmune disease, in front of her peers was a lowdown, dirty move and a clear example of the particular torment that Black women of all walks of life are subjected to on a daily basis.
It’s not surprising that certain people are ignoring the nuance of what unfolded by downplaying the emotional violence of Rock’s actions while emphasizing the physical violence of Smith’s.