Jada Pinkett Smith teases Oscars slap on 'Red Table Talk,' says family is 'focusing on deep healing'
Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch talk show, which returned Wednesday for a new season, alluded to the possibility of a future discussion of the incident.
At the top of the show, a statement on the screen read: "Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing. Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls.
"Until then … the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest," the statement signed by Pinkett Smith continued. "Thanks for joining us."
Today's episode of "RTT" is the first since the Oscars aired in late March. During the show, "King Richard" star Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage for making a joke about the appearance of Smith's wife, Pinkett Smith. Two days after the Oscars, Pinkett Smith broke her silence with a message on Instagram: "This season is for healing and I'm here for it."
The backlash that followed included Smith's 10-year ban from attending any Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences events, including the Oscars, due to his conduct. The actor also resigned from the Academy.
Janelle Monáe comes out as nonbinary on 'Red Table Talk'
Wednesday's official "RTT" return, with hosts Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris, invited singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, 36, to talk about her journey.
The LGBTQ icon and advocate opened up about why she decided to come out as pansexual later in life, at age 32, overcoming her abandonment issues and how she's healed from the traumatizing effects of her father's drug addiction. Her mother also made a special appearance on the show.
"Thinking back to when I first started, I was like, man, as free as I was on stage, when I came off stage, I was still that scared little girl. Like I'm not good enough," the singer said. "That was always in the back of my mind. Will they love me? My parents were not together and I always thought it was me. Why am I not being taken care of by my dad? He had gotten on crack cocaine, and that changed his life. It changed our relationship. Now, he's clean. Completely sober, he's doing incredible, he's like my best friend."
Monáe also opened up about her gender identity, revealing that she identifies as nonbinary.
"I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely," Monáe said. "I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ If I am from God, I am everything. I am everything, but I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am beyond the binary."
Monáe also discussed her new book "The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer," a collection of dystopian sci-fi stories set in a totalitarian society that explores themes of identity, queerness and social justice.
Contributing: Edward Segarra