Joshua Jackson Defends Wife Jodie Turner-Smith After 'Racist' Backlash To Her Proposal
Joshua Jackson acknowledges that Team Pacey was absolutely the right choice and is defending his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith, on the "racist and misogynistic" backlash she received for proposing to him first.
The "Dawson’s Creek" alum who's just scrubbing his good image off screen by telling a scalpel-wielding sociopath in Peacock's "Dr. Death, ”shared last month as the“ Queen & Slim ”actor asked the question while on a romantic vacation in Nicaragua in 2019.
Since then, Jackson said, Turner-Smith has been the target of online hatred and complained in a new Refinery29 profile that "the Internet is racist and misogynistic".
"I accidentally threw my wife under the bus because this story was told quickly and didn't provide full context," he told the point of sale to clear up the cute story. “Yes, we were in Nicaragua on a beautiful moonlit night, it couldn't have been more romantic. And yes, my wife proposed to me and yes, I said yes. "
Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith attend the premiere of
Jackson went on to explain that after Turner-Smith proposed to him, he wanted to return the favor, adding, “I'm still old enough that I said, 'That's a yes, but you have to give me the opportunity give [to do it too]. '"
“She has a birth father and a stepfather who raised her. [I said], 'You have to give me the opportunity to ask these two men for your hand on marriage,' ”he continued. "And then, 'I'd like the chance to suggest this to you again, and do it the old-fashioned way with my knees bent.' That's how the story actually ended."
He drew his attention to "anyone who's freaked out by a woman claiming her own space," Jackson bluntly told the naysayers, "shut up."
"Good God, you can't believe what my wife's people left on Instagram," he added. "She did. I said 'yes'. We're happy. That's it. That's all you need to know."
The two actors met in 2018 at a party that resulted in a one-night stand, Turner-Smith revealed during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" in May. The couple then tied the knot in 2019 and welcomed their first child together the following year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Jackson, the relationship was "a real education for me as a white man," he told Refinery29, referring to the "really shocking" news Turner-Smith regularly receives on social media.
"It was a necessary but uncomfortable education in the way people treat black bodies in general, but black female bodies in particular," he noted. "It is not okay. We have a long way to go. "
And while he praised his wife's strength in the face of such a vitriol, he also likened the concept of a strong black woman to being put in a "golden cage."
"I wish for my wife that she didn't have to rise above the ugliness people throw at her every day with such amazing strength and grace," he said. "I'm impressed with her to do it, but I wish this wasn't the armor she has to wear every morning to find her way around life."
In response to the interview in an exuberant tweet on Wednesday, Turner-Smith returned his adoration and then some, writing, “There are not enough words to correctly express my love and affection for the thoughtful and intelligent person who @VancityJax, an actor, is to explain husband and dad exceptional. "
There aren't enough words to properly explain my love and affection for the thoughtful and intelligent person who is @VancityJax, actor husband and extraordinary dad? He also gives a very good interview: https://t.co/YmRCQs0CmV
- Jodie (@MissJodie) August 17, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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