Chris Rock is spending his time all-out addressing Will Smith’s slap on the Oscars stage, but his mother isn’t holding back.
The now-infamous incident occurred last month at the 94th annual ceremony when Smith took to the stage and attacked the comedian with an insensitive joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, whom Rock said was “G.I. Jane” because of her. “Was acting in the sequel. bald head.
Speaking with local South Carolina news station WIS-TV on Friday, Rose Rock, a motivational speaker and author, addressed the controversy for the first time and didn’t mince words when talking about the Smith family.
“When Will slapped Chris, he slapped us all. He really slapped me,” Rose Rock told Billie Jean Shaw of WIS. “Because when you hurt my baby, you hurt me delivered.”
The Rock matriarch said he initially believed Slap was staged until Smith “began using obscenities.”
“You reacted to giving your wife a side-eye, and you went up, and you made her day because she was bold enough to laugh when it happened,” he said, remarking that Smith “could have been taken out in handcuffs.”
After slapping Rock, Smith returns to his seat, where he tells Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of his fucking mouth”. Pinkett Smith has publicly discussed her struggle with alopecia, which causes hair loss.
He specifically took offense at an incident that weighed on the prize for presenting The Rock. The comedian eventually handed the trophy for the Best Documentary Feature award to Questlove for his film “Summer of Soul”.
“No one even heard his speech,” she said. “Nobody was just able to be in the moment because everyone was sitting there, like ‘What just happened?'”
Rose Rock revealed after the ceremony that she told her son that she was “proud of how he reacted,” as the comedian presented the award and exited without further incident.
The Rock, who is currently on a comedy tour across the country, has remained mostly silent about his reaction to Thappad. In an interview earlier this month, he clarified that he is “not talking about this until I get paid.”
Smith, however, has been more forthcoming. The “King Richard” star voluntarily resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after issuing a lengthy Instagram apology, saying his actions were “not indicative of the man I want to be.” He has since been banned from attending award shows for 10 years.
“Jokes at my expense are part of my job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” he wrote. “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.”
However, the apology did not go well with Rock’s mother, who claimed that the actor has not yet personally contacted her son.
“I feel really bad that he never apologized,” she told the outlet. “I mean his people wrote a piece saying that I apologize to Chris Rock, but you see it’s something so personal, you reach out.”