Made In Chelsea’s Olivia Bentley Speaks Out About Chris Rock’s Alopecia Joke

The reality star also has the condition, which causes hair loss.

Olivia Bentley

by Bonnie McLaren |

It's been days now, and people are still getting over what happened at the Oscars - when Will Smith slapped Chris Rockfor noopener noreferrer} . Since then, the Academy has said they asked Will to leave the ceremony, but that he refused. (There has since been lots of criticism aimed at organisers, asking why he was allowed to stay and then pick up the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard.)

The joke that caused all the controversy was a harsh quip Chris made at Jada over her shaved head, which Jada has openly said is the result of alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. (The comedian said he couldn't wait to see her in 'G.I. Jane 2', referencing the 1997 film where Demi Moore played G.I. Jane with a shaved head.)

There has been tonnes of celebrity reaction to the event, but one person who has now spoken out is Made In Chelsea fave Olivia Bentley, who also has alopecia. Writing for The Sun, Olivia recalled how she started to experience hair loss as a side effect of going on the contraceptive pill at 16 - and spoke about some of the cruel trolling she has received since being on MIC.

Later, she explains why she's firmly on Jada's side. 'Chris’s joke clearly wasn’t funny. It was personal and poorly timed — it was only last year that Jada decided to embrace her hair loss and shave her head after tearfully revealing her condition in 2018,' Liv wrote. 'To those who say Chris did not know about her alopecia, I say this: When is it ever right to make digs about other people’s appearance? It’s a cheap shot. She was targeted cruelly. A woman’s looks should never be the butt of a joke.' She also clarified that she didn't think Chris should have been slapped as a result, but that the joke 'caused upset all round'.

Previously, Liv spoke to Grazia about how she now feels more confident than she did when she first developed the condition. ‘I was only ever self-conscious about it when I was younger,’ Liv, who stopped wearing a wig this year, said. ‘And then through the years, I sort of got on with it and sort of accepted it.'

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