‘When he slapped Chris, he slapped me, he slapped all of us’: Chris Rock’s mom blasts Will Smith for slapping his son
Chris Rock’s mother has spoken out over the slap her son received from Will Smith at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Rose Rock, an author, and motivational speaker, spoke to WIS-TV in South Carolina about the incident, in which Smith took to the stage and slapped Rock after he told a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her shaved head.
‘You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye and you went and made her day because she was mulled over laughing when it happened,’ Rock said.
Rose Rock said she watched from home and initially thought the incident was staged until Smith began to say ‘take my wife’s name out your f–king mouth.’
‘When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me.’
Rock said that her son was excited to present the award for Best Documentary Feature to friend Questlove and that Smith’s actions ruined his speech.
‘No one even heard his speech. No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, ‘what just happened?’
The Academy banned Smith for 10 years for his actions. Rock seemed to think this was appropriate.
‘I wouldn’t take his award away, and I don’t see any good way they could have taken him out without disrupting,’ she said.
Smith apologized via Instagram, which Rock found less than convincing.
‘I feel really bad that he never apologized,’ she said. ‘I mean his people wrote up a piece saying I apologize to Chris Rock, but you see something like that is personal, you reach out.’
On Saturday, Smith was pictured all smiles as he landed in India, where he was seen for the first time since the infamous Oscar’s slap.
The actor is reportedly in India to meet spiritual leader Sadhguru, who Smith and his family met with back in 2020 in Los Angeles.
This is the first time Smith has been spotted in public nearly a month after slapping Chris Rock on live TV after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s haircut.
Jada has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.