Jada Pinkett Smith knows how to get to the heart of the matter. Her Facebook show, Red Table Talk is quickly becoming the new Oprah Winfrey show because Smith understands people on a deep level and that has come across on every show she’s produced so far. Her latest episode deals with a recent controversy that is still stirring up headlines. Jada sits down with rapper Snoop Dog to discuss why he came after Gayle King with such vitriol on social media. The episode, which airs on Friday on Facebook, also includes Jada’s daughter, Willow and her mother, Adrienne.
The trailer features a somber-looking Snoop and Jada addressing the attacks he made against Gayle King.
“When you first came out, and you said what you said in regards to Gayle, my heart dropped,” Jada said. “I felt like not only were you talking to Gayle, but you were talking to me. I was like, ‘Not Snoop,'” Jada said. “And so that’s one of the reasons why I felt like I really wanted to have this conversation with you in the spirit of healing.”
It was earlier this month, in which Snoop took to social media to address King directly over her interview with Lisa Leslie about the passing of Kobe Bryant. The clip, which went viral, showed King questioning Leslie about Bryant’s 2003 rape charge. Many people felt that King was being insensitive to Bryant’s family by addressing a case that was dropped, and Snoop was one of them.
He said, among other vulgar words and threats, that she crossed the line. Oprah publically noted that King was distraught over the backlash and Snoop’s verbal attack. Snoop eventually apologized and King accepted his apology.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 21, 2020
“So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful,” Snoop said. He went on to say “[I] didn’t mean it for it to be like that” and that he was “expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t here to defend himself.”
One of the most powerful aspects of Jada’s show is that she provides a safe platform for people who’ve been attacked or, in this case, who has done the verbal attacking, a chance for them to share their story. It’s refreshing to see and hear real conversations that may be difficult to discuss but that is necessary nonetheless.