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Alopecia advocate praises Will Smith’s Oscars slap for ‘strength’

Will Smith was simply defending his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, throughout Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, however for some who share the identical medical situation, they felt protected, too.

After presenter Chris Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s bald-headed coiffure — an outcome of the “Gotham” star’s condition, alopecia — Smith socked him onstage.

“Ex on the Seashore” contestant ZaraLena Jackson, who additionally suffers from hair-loss sickness and is an advocate on social media, is standing by Smith, 53, and his actions on the Dolby Theatre.

The 29-year-old actuality star informed SWNS that whereas she doesn’t advocate for violence, Rock, 57, ought to have “identified higher.”

“I believe it’s inappropriate to make any joke about somebody with alopecia because it’s a situation that extremely impacts psychological well being for that particular person and isn’t a laughing matter,” she mentioned.

Jackson continued, “To be clear, I don’t condone violence, however him defending Jada confirmed power in my eyes and was very comforting to see a person stand by his girl when she has alopecia.”

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage in the course of the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood.
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Alopecia is an autoimmune illness which causes hair to fall out in clumps. Whereas the quantity of hair loss is completely different for everybody, some victims lose strands in only some areas. The hair typically grows again within the bald spots.

She first appeared on the MTV actuality present in 2017 and has been open about her alopecia journey.

Former "Ex on the Beach" contestant ZaraLena Jackson
Former “Ex on the Seashore” contestant ZaraLena Jackson
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“Being a comic could be very tongue in cheek and all of us dislike when jokes are focused as us, whatever the topic, however he ought to have anticipated that response naturally and identified higher,” she added of Rock’s actions.

The influencer first began losing patches of her blond hair in 2020 after which misplaced strands in her eyebrows and lashes. She quickly turned utterly bald.

She then admitted that she had been victimized and bullied for her situation and hoped a associate stood up for her just like the “King Richard” star did on the Oscars.

Jackson reiterated, “I’ve had family and friends joke about ‘let your hair down’ or ask to borrow a razor or shampoo, which I simply snicker at as a result of I do know they imply no hurt and it may be humorous to see them panic with out excited about the remark.”

Jackson said she's heard GI Jane jokes, too.
Jackson mentioned she’s heard GI Jane jokes, too.
ZaraLena Jackson / SWNS

Rock referred to Pinkett Smith, 50, as “GI Jane,” and Jackson revealed that individuals have known as her that identify as properly.

She defined, “I’ve had just a few reference me with the GI Jane remark. I believe GI Jane seems to be insane although so I wasn’t offended.”

The influencer first began losing patches of her blonde hair in 2020 and then lost strands in her eyebrows and lashes. She soon became completely bald.
The influencer first started dropping patches of her blonde hair in 2020 after which misplaced strands in her eyebrows and lashes. She quickly turned utterly bald.
ZaraLena Jackson / SWNS

Her mother truly had “walked in” on Jackson in her dressing room someday and she or he didn’t have her wig on. The mannequin remembers her mother saying, “Oh wow Zara, you seem like a GI Jane babe!’”

She additionally typically offers with snide feedback reminiscent of others insinuating that she’s not “pure” anymore.

“For me, I at all times favored the thought of pure magnificence, and I’m not saying no hair isn’t stunning, however I now put on wigs and placed on eyebrows to look ‘regular’ or ‘pure,’” she mentioned.

“If alopecia was taken as a medical situation and never beauty, the topic wouldn’t be joked round calmly,” Jackson argued.

She added, “Everybody appears to make noise across the significance of psychological well being when a life is misplaced, but gained’t put modifications in place to stop or help the preliminary trigger.”

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