Yes, “Deyjah-Gate” is just a code word for the mini-scandal that jumped off after the rapper and actor, 39, boasted about attending his 18-year-old daughter’s visit to the gynecologist to ensure her hymen was “intact” to confirm her virginity during a visit to the “Ladies Like Us” podcast.
We know about the impending show because when Pinkett Smith walked the red carpet at a screening of the drama “Hala,” at this year’s AFI Fest in Hollywood on Monday, and she spoke to ET about it.
“My next big guest is Tip. T.I. is coming to the table. Yes indeed,” Pinket Smith said. “And of course, he’s going to address the controversy that has been swirling.”
If you’ve been following the story, you know that that particular podcast episode has since been deleted in the wake of the backlash. The rapper’s daughter subsequently unfollowed him on Instagram and then she deactivated all her social media accounts this past weekend (However, you can HEAR his comments from that podcast via the player below.).
“We just shot that [episode of Red Table Talk] today,” Pinkett Smith shared. “And then he and [his wife] Tiny sit down and talk about how they survived, in regards to their marriage. So that will be next Monday (11-24-19).”
OK, that’s that. As far as Pinkett Smith and AFI are concerned, ET says she was there on Monday to support the film “Hala” — on which she served as an executive producer. It tells the story of a young Muslim woman in America struggling with an identity crisis as she tries to find her own way while balancing her faith, her family and her own dreams and ambitions in the United States.
“I feel like it’s a very universal story about a young woman coming of age,” Pinkett Smith explained. “I think that as women we all understand the struggles just trying to self actualize, whether it’s trying to individualize ourselves from our mother’s identity or what we think our father’s want us to be our cultures, society just trying to find our way and find our own self.”
Look for “Hala” in some theaters in limited release starting Dec. 6.