Zoë Kravitz says she wishes she handled response to Will Smith slap 'differently' after receiving online backlash

Zoë Kravitz poses for photographers on arrival at the Bafta Film Awards in central London, Sunday February 2, 2020.Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Zoë Kravitz addressed a backlash over her comments about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
In March, Kravitz made a comment about "attacking people on stage" after Smith hit Rock.
Kravitz now tells The Wall Street Journal it's a "scary time to have an opinion."
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Zoë Kravitz said "it's a scary time to have an opinion" after receiving backlash online for her comments while reacting to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year.
During the awards show in March, Smith took to the stage and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife's baldness. Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia which has caused her hair loss.
In the wake of the controversy, Kravitz made comments about Smith in two now-deleted Instagram posts. "Here's a picture of my dress on the show where we seem to be attacking people on stage now," the 'Big Little Lies' actor captioned one of the posts.
Fans reacted negatively, and in a recent profile for The Wall Street Journal, Kravitz addressed the backlash, saying it's difficult to have conversations on social media platforms.
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"It's a scary time to have an opinion or say the wrong thing or make controversial art or statements or thoughts or anything," she said. "It's mostly scary because art is about conversation. That should always be the point, I think. The Internet is the opposite of conversation. The Internet consists of people sending things out and receiving nothing.”
Kravitz added that she would have handled the situation "differently."
Will Smith beat Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars in March 2022. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
“I was reminded that I am an artist. Being an artist doesn't mean everyone loves you or everyone thinks you're hot," Kravitz said. “It's about expressing something that hopefully will start a conversation or inspire people or make them feel seen. I think I'm at a point right now where I don't want to express myself through a caption or a tweet. I want to express myself through art."
Kravitz added, "I'm torn on what to say now because I'm just supposed to talk about this; I have very complicated feelings about this. I wish I had handled this differently. And that's okay.”
Smith recently posted a nearly six-minute video on his YouTube channel apologizing to Rock for hitting him in March. This is the second time he has publicly apologized after posting a statement on Instagram in March.
"I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to speak and if he is he will get in touch," Smith said. "I am sorry. I'll be here whenever you're ready to talk."
Rock didn't directly comment on the slap, but he has joked about it on several of his comedy shows.
Smith was banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years after the altercation.
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Will Smith
US-American actor
Chris Rock
American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director

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