Rosario Dawson is still unpacking the slap: ‘Let’s not normalize any of this’

Corn Will Smith apologized and announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after sadly slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, even a week later, the slap is still on everyone’s mind.

Everyone from Zoe Kravitz and Amy Schumer for Tiffany Haddish and Denzel Washington expressed his opinion on the now historic Oscars moment, sharing sentiments in favor of Rock or Smith. But at least one star who has a long-standing relationship with the two is hoping for a positive cultural shift: Rosario Dawson.

Dawson was one of many guests at vanity loungeThe star-studded Oscars party, the first since 2020. And while the actor said it felt good to be in the room with his peers again, the circumstances were certainly a bit stranger than normal.

“It was great to see everyone, but it was definitely a very different vibe this year, because of a lot of things,” Dawson said. vanity lounge during the presentation of Kate Spade’s Fall 2022 collection, referencing the Oscars incident the star said, “we’re all still unboxing.”

“These are two people I’ve known and loved for years, so it was really upsetting,” she said. Dawson starred in both Men in Black II and seven books with Smith, and also starred alongside Rock in Top five. “I also think everyone’s in this really heavy kind of place,” she continued, referencing the pandemic. “It’s been two years; it’s a lot. You could feel a kind of unstable feeling, I think, in the whole space.

Although the slap overshadowed much of the ceremony, Dawson took it upon herself to carry through the celebratory energy for the winners as quest love—including the first film, The summer of the soul, won the Best Documentary Feature statuette right after Smith punched Rock.

Dawson smiled at the memory. “Seeing Questlove…I was able to present him with his award at the Independent Spirit Awards, and that meant so much. And especially this story.

Even with the impending slap drama, Dawson said, people still had fun after the Oscars, acting as normal as possible while “stuffing their faces with In-N-Out.” But their mixed emotions were clearly predominant.

“[The night] felt like the moment we are still. And I think that’s important because things are troubling right now. We don’t have to disappear into fairyland and pretend everything is fine. It is not the DMZ says the actor. “There’s a reason people have opinions about it because there’s something we need to look at and unpack…and in a time like a pandemic it’s shown how we can pivot,” explained Dawson.

“But I think there’s something that can be learned from all of this which hopefully will shift gears. I think people are reassessing the way we were doing things a lot. It wasn’t normal let’s not normalize any of this,” she added.

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