Zoë Kravitz Wishes She Responded “Differently” To The Will Smith Oscars Slap

The 33-year-old star of “The Batman” also offered larger thoughts on cancel culture in a new WSJ interview.

Zoë Kravitz attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood, California. Credit: Getty Images
Zoë Kravitz attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood, California. Credit: Getty Images

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, actor Zoë Kravitz got real about her decision to publicly condemn Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars, acknowledging she has rethought her choice.

In the days that followed the physical altercation, Kravitz took to social media to share her opinion of what went down. The 33-year-old star of “The Batman” posted a red carpet photo of herself from the event on Instagram, captioning the since-deleted post, “Here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now.” The comment sparked considerable backlash online, leading to Kravitz taking the post down.

“I’m torn about what to say right now, because I’m supposed to just talk about it; I have very complicated feelings around it,” she told the WSJ in an interview published four months after the incident. “I wish I had handled that differently. And that’s OK.”

She continued by alluding to modern-day cancel culture, saying, “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. It’s mostly scary because art is about 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.”

“I was reminded that I’m an artist,” she added. “Being an artist is not about everybody loving you or everyone thinking you’re hot. It’s about expressing something that will hopefully spark a conversation or inspire people or make them feel seen. 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.”

Kravitz is currently busy working on her directorial debut, a film called “Pussy Island,” which both features and is co-produced by her boyfriend, Channing Tatum.