NY Times: Professor Wagner Comments on Jada Pinkett-Smith's Show 'Red Table Talk'

Monday, March 04, 2019

THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Ms. Pinkett-Smith’s show has, in its brief lifetime, become successful and influential. Her calm and supportive tactics here were reminiscent of Oprah’s interview with Rihanna in Barbados, when the singer discussed being assaulted by Chris Brown in 2012. Rihanna explained how she coped with the assault, how she turned to incidents in her childhood to help her understand her own behavior in the relationship, while Oprah helped her process.

“It sounds like Jada Pinkett-Smith is really trying to establish new rules on how to handle the situation,” said Venise Wagner, a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, who had not been following the saga. “African-American women are making more public their support of black women and #MeToo is definitely a part of that,” she said.