Bill Maher chimed in on the Oscars slap that was heard around the world on Friday and decided to take aim at Jada Pinkett Smith in the process.
“I have to say that comparing a woman who is the sexiest looking to Demi Moore isn’t the worst insult I’ve ever heard in the world,” the talk show host said on HBO Real time with Bill MaherReferring to Chris Rock GI Jane Joke during the 2022 Academy Awards and subsequent onstage altercation with Will Smith. “I mean, alopecia, that’s not leukemia, okay? Alopecia is when your hair falls out… there are worse things.”
Later in the show, Maher revisited the issue in a roundtable discussion with politician Andrew Yang and legal analyst Laura Coates, saying, “If you’re lucky enough in life that this is your medical issue, just say, ‘Thank you. God .’ It’s not life threatening. It’s part – for most people, 80 percent of men, 50 percent of women – it’s part of aging.
“Aging is, believe me, I know, it’s the degradation of the flesh. It happens to all of us,” he continued. “And you know, just put on a great wig like everyone else at the Oscars if it bothers you that much.”
For her part, Pinkett Smith was open to learning to accept her alopecia with grace, although her husband clearly didn’t approve of Rock’s public dig at the Best Documentary awards ceremony.
The eventual Academy Award winner for best actor has since faced public consequences for his actions, including resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and two film projects – Fast and easy and bad boys 4 — face an uncertain future.
Watch Maher’s opening monologue about the Oscars below.
https://www.billboard.com/culture/tv-film/bill-maher-jada-pinkett-smith-alopecia-1235055326/ Bill Maher downplays Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia after Oscar slap – Billboard