Zoë Kravitz addresses backlash following Will Smith Oscars slap comments: 'I'm an artist'

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  • Zoë Kravitz features on the cover of WSJ Magazine's Fall Fashion Issue.
  • In her cover story she opens up about backlash she received after commenting on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
  • In a since deleted post, she said: "Here's a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now."
  • She tells WSJ. Magazine: "It's a scary time to have an opinion or to say the wrong thing or to make controversial art or statements."

Zoë Kravitz received backlash when she spoke up about Will Smith's Oscars debacle which saw the King Richard actor slap Chris Rock on stage.

At the time, Kravitz shared a since-deleted post on social media of her outfit on the night with the caption: "Here's a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now," per People.

She captioned a second photo: "And here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show - where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now."

In her cover story for WSJ. Magazine, The Batman star asserted: "I'm an artist."

She said: "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."

She added, however, that she has "very complicated feelings" about what happened. "I wish I had handled that differently. And that's okay."

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.

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Elsewhere in the interview, the actor shared more about working with boyfriend, Channing Tatum, who she's been dating for a year now.

Tatum will star in her directorial debut Pussy Island.

"When you make things with people it's a very sacred space, and when you're compatible with somebody creatively it often opens up other channels, because you're kind of sharing all of yourself," she said. "I'm really grateful that this movie has brought him into my life that way."  


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