Jaden Smith Criticized for Donning an Oxygen Mask at Halloween Party, Citing Inspiration from Tenet
2024/01/14

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Jaden Smith is facing backlash for his choice of Halloween costume at Kendall Jenner's recent birthday party.

The 22-year-old actor attended Jenner's 25th birthday bash on Saturday wearing an oxygen mask as part of his costume, which sparked criticism due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter users expressed their disapproval, with one person stating, "There's just something so inhumane about Jaden Smith wearing an oxygen mask as a costume," while another called him an "absolute idiot" for thinking it was cute.

In response to the criticism, Smith posted on Instagram on Monday, suggesting that he was portraying John David Washington's character from the recently released film "Tenet" rather than making light of the current health crisis.

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He captioned his post, "We Live In A Twilight World."

Despite Smith's explanation, many still took issue with him attending the party in the first place. One Twitter user defended him, pointing out that it could be a reference to the movie "Tenet," but another responded by saying it was still tone-deaf and that he could have chosen a different costume and stayed home.

Kendall Jenner also faced criticism for her birthday party, as photos surfaced showing maskless guests and no social distancing. Guests were reportedly instructed not to post any photos on social media.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the event took place in Los Angeles, where attendees had to test negative for COVID-19 before entering.

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However, residents have been advised against participating in large gatherings due to the high number of cases and deaths in the state.

County Health Officer Muntu Davis has set protocols that residents are expected to follow, including limiting events to two hours and serving food in disposable containers.

Davis emphasized the importance of avoiding the spread of the virus at gatherings, which can lead to new infections, serious illness, and death.

As the situation with the pandemic continues to evolve, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most up-to-date information. Readers are encouraged to refer to online resources from the WHO and local health departments for the latest information on COVID-19.

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