“A few years ago during his visit, Smith stated, ‘Travelling to India…has awakened a new understanding of myself, my art and the truths of the world.’ At that point, we didn’t ponder over what he had really discovered, but now it seems rather clear. It must have begun when he went to do his item song in Student of the Year 2 and saw Ananya Panday get a resounding slap from her father in a crucial scene. Apparently, a unit member said that an alarmed Smith also asked why people in India kept threatening each other with, ‘one-tight-slap’. I believe he was reassured that Indians are used to hearing this, especially from their parents, and it’s a sign of affection,” penned the author.
Penning her thoughts on the controversy, Twinkle added that Jada could have voiced her displeasure about the joke, instead of Will Smith smacking Chris Rock. The actress added, “Anyway, I think Jada could go up, take the mike and voice her own grievances. Along with slapping someone for a joke, I also can’t understand this man-protecting-his-wife business. That was a comedian on stage, not a sabre-toothed predator. Human beings have developed complex language skills. We can raise our voices to defend ourselves rather than raising our hands.’”
Soon after this episode, Will Smith penned an apology to Chris on Instagram and also resigned from the Academy. The Academy has accepted his resignation and will be taking disciplinary proceedings against the actor for violating the Academy's Standards of Conduct.