Zoe Kravitz Reacts On Backlash Following Will Smith Oscars Comment

Zoe Kravitz recently addressed the criticism she received for her remarks about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022.

Zoe Kravitz previously faced backlash for her comment on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars. For the unversed, in a since-deleted photo caption on social media from the Academy Awards earlier this year, Kratviz wrote, “Here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now.”

The actress doubled down in a second post writing, “And here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show, where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now.” Meanwhile, in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Kravitz addressed the criticism she received for her remarks. The Batman actress said, “It’s a scary time to have an opinion or to say the wrong thing or to make controversial art or statements or thoughts or anything.”

The Batman star went on to say, “It’s mostly scary because art is about the conversation. That should, in my opinion, always be the point. The internet is the opposite of conversation. The internet is people putting things out and not taking anything in.” The actress and director then admitted that she has ‘very complicated feelings around it,’ but acknowledges ‘I wish I had handled that differently. And that’s OK.’

The actress then added that she’s reminded that she’s an artist and that ‘being an artist is not about everybody loving you or everyone thinking you’re hot.’ She continues, “It’s about expressing something that will hopefully spark a conversation or inspire people or make them feel seen,” she says. “I think I’m in a place right now where I don’t want to express myself through a caption or a tweet. I want to express myself through art.”

The Batman actress also talked about her directorial for the upcoming film Pussy Island. “I’m learning a lot about what it takes to make a movie and how many fires are constantly being put out before the actors show up to set,” she shares. “I’m just kind of sitting back and learning and trying to not constantly be in a state of panic. If you zoom out too much and think about the whole thing at once, it causes a lot of anxiety but if you focus on the present moment, it’s really fun,” Zoe added.

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