What does Jada think?
The challenge between the two men on the stage at the Oscars - the mocker Chris Rock and the "knight" Will Smith, who "avenged" his wife who was teased for her alopecia - went around the world. She only plays the bone of contention. But the question of aesthetic violence deserves to be explored and this would have been an excellent opportunity. Missed

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The slap by Will Smith on stage on Oscar night. The debate - was it a gag or was he serious? -. The commotion backstage. The actor's repentance, his tears. A Hollywood story explored far and wide. But of Jada Pinkett's feelings Smith's wife mocked by Chris Rock for her pathological alopecia, no one took care of it. All the words for them - the mocker and the avenging knight - and none for her. Esther Pineda writes about it here.

As always the attention and the limelight were focused on men and the violence between them, but let's talk about how Chris Rock produced the documentary in 2009 Good Hair and knows very well the importance of hair for black women (she is not ignorant about it) and how she has once again resorted to the anachronistic “comic” device of making fun of people's physiques, exercising #AestheticViolence in front of hundreds of colleagues and millions of spectators against the African-American Jada Pinkett and the baldness she suffers from due to an autoimmune disease.

It's a clear example of how beauty was constructed and elevated to social value. It doesn't matter if you are famous or not, if you have economic resources or not, if you have media access and visibility or not; if you are a woman, and even more so a black woman, you always are judged and exposed to violence because of your physical appearance when for some reason you don't match the expectation of beauty that has been built for you.

And instead, despite the gravity of this fact and the persistence of this narrative, the academy has not spoken about Chris Rock's attack on Jada, the media only reports what happened between the two men and the woman is just mentioned as “the bone of contention”. But what Jada thought and felt about this attack, what millions of women think and feel every day when faced with the attacks they suffer as a result of beauty stereotypes remains invisible and is silenced by the noise of the words and images of what men say and do, while aesthetic violence silently eats away at women's bodies and psyches.

translation by Sara Punzo, original text here


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