Pinkett-Smith welcomed Snoop on the latest episode of Red Table Talk to discuss his recent falling out with King over her interview with Lisa Leslie, in which she brought up Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case from 2003.
In a preview clip, Pinkett-Smith shares her first reaction to Snoop’s video attacking King. “When you first came out and said what you said in regards to Gayle, my heart dropped. I felt like not only were you talking to Gayle, but you were talking to me. Oh no, Snoop has now taken his power flow away from me, away from Willow, away from my mother. Not Snoop!” Pinkett-Smith said. She added, “That’s one of the reasons I felt like I really wanted to have a conversation of you in the spirit of healing.”
In response, Snoop says that initially, his reaction to King was a “call to arms.” “I wanted to make sure what I said was said the right way, and wanted to make sure that the message came across the right way,” Snoop explained. He added, “We love Kobe and be respectful of Vanessa and those kids, that’s what the whole intent was, to protect that woman and them babies over there because they’re still grieving and let’s give them that respect.”
Snoop has since apologized for his actions, saying he could have conveyed his message in a better way. “I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful,” Snoop explained.
But, people are calling Pinkett-Smith’s conversation unfulfilling, disappointing and biased. Several Twitter users said Pinkett-Smith didn’t hold tight on correcting Snoop and others said she should have King on the show as well. “Jada lost me. She took red table talk way too far. I’m here for empowering black women to the millionth power. But what snoop said about Gayle was about her, not BLACK WOMEN in general. That was a big reach smdh. If anything Gayle was dethroning a Black man in front of America,” one Twitter user wrote.
Share your opinions, the full episode hits Facebook on Wednesday.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) February 23, 2020
It's not that deep. I'm a black woman and when i heard Snoop. I heard anger, disappointment and grief. He lost his friend in a tragic way. This was a "personal" situation between Snoop and Gayle King… who was so gutter in what she did?
— Pat… (@pat_2018_) February 23, 2020
Jada should have Gayle King on "In the spirit of healing". ? pic.twitter.com/oZxPQMPRQu
— Gloriane morris (@Glorianemorris1) February 23, 2020
This is wonderful, we men have to imagine ourselves speaking to our mother or sister everytime we speak to any woman.
— olugraphics (@olugraphics) February 23, 2020
Wtf Jada? How does the despicable actions of @GayleKing represent ALL BLACK WOMEN! What logic is this?
— Koku Vi (@KokuAffor) February 23, 2020
This ain't it Jada. In all of this mess #Gayle somehow became the victim and #VanessaBryant and the horror she is dealing with got lost. #Gayle should have been better a journalist. There is a time and a place and clearly her judgement and timing sucked.
— blktechwarrior (@blktechwarrior) February 23, 2020