Chris Rock’s Black Hair Doc Explored ‘Self-Esteem of the Black Community’ Ahead of Oscars Controversy

Chris Rock’s Black Hair Doc Explored ‘Self-Esteem of the Black Community’ Ahead of Oscars Controversy

Chris Rock beforehand made a documentary about Black ladies’s hair, earlier than joking about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head on the 2022 Academy Awards.

Rock — who joked, “Jada, I really like ya. G.I. Jane 2, cannot wait to see ya” to Jada earlier than her husband, Will Smith, took the stage and struck him throughout the face — produced, narrated and co-wrote a documentary referred to as Good Hair that was launched in 2009. The documentary was effectively reviewed and received the Particular Jury Prize Documentary on the 2009 Sundance Movie Competition.

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In response to an official synopsis, the movie follows Rock, 57, as he “visits magnificence salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to discover the best way hairstyles affect the actions, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and vanity of the Black group on this exposé of comedian proportions that solely he might pull off.”

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The synopsis continues, “A raucous journey prompted by Rock’s daughter approaching him and asking, ‘Daddy, how come I haven’t got good hair?’, Good Hair reveals Chris Rock partaking in frank, humorous conversations with hair-care professionals, magnificence store and barbershop patrons and celebrities together with Ice-T, Nia Lengthy, Paul Mooney, Raven-Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt-N-Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton — all whereas he struggles with the duty of determining how to answer his daughter’s query.”

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Throughout Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, presenter Rock made the joke about Jada’s shaved head, which she lately opened up about, revealing it was a results of her years-long battle with alopecia.

Following the comment, Jada, 50, rolled her eyes. Will then took to the stage and hit Rock. After returning to his seat, Will, 53, shouted to Rock, “Preserve my spouse’s identify out your f—ing mouth!”

In his Finest Actor acceptance speech, Will mentioned partly, by means of tears, “On this time in my life, on this second, I’m overwhelmed by what God is looking on me to do and be on this world. … I am being referred to as on in my life to like individuals and to guard individuals and to be a river to my individuals.”

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“I do know to do what we do you gotta be capable of take abuse; you gotta be capable of have individuals discuss loopy about you,” the Recent Prince of Bel-Air alum continued. “On this enterprise you gotta be capable of have individuals disrespecting you, and also you gotta smile and faux like that is okay.”

Will then addressed the incident immediately, providing an apology to the Academy and his fellow actors for the incident — however failed to say Rock.

Following the incident, the Academy additionally condemned Will’s actions in a assertion: “The Academy doesn’t condone violence of any kind. Tonight we’re delighted to rejoice our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this second of recognition from their friends and film lovers world wide.”

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A supply later informed PEOPLE that the heated trade between the Finest Actor winner and Oscars presenter goes again a number of years, when Rock took purpose at Jada throughout his internet hosting gig on the 2016 Academy Awards.

“When Chris hosted the Oscars in 2016, Jada was boycotting due to ‘Oscars So White.’ In his monologue, he made enjoyable of her, saying she will be able to’t boycott one thing she wasn’t invited to,” the insider defined. “Will was nonetheless mad about that.”

The Los Angeles Police Division mentioned in a press release obtained by Selection that Rock “has declined to file a police report” following the incident. “If the concerned occasion wishes a police report at a later date, LAPD will likely be out there to finish an investigative report,” the assertion added.

Representatives for Rock haven’t responded to PEOPLE’s request for remark.

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