Chris Rock might be biding his time to fully address Will Smith’s slap on the Oscars stage, but his mom isn’t holding back.
The now-infamous incident took place at the 94th annual ceremony last month when Smith took the stage and assaulted the comedian for an insensitive joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who Rock said would star in a “GI Jane” sequel due to she. Shaved head.
Speaking to local South Carolina news station WIS-TV on Friday, Rose Rock, a motivational speaker and author, addressed the altercation for the first time and didn’t mince words when it came to the Smith family.
“When Will slapped Chris, he slapped us all. He really he slapped me,” Rose Rock told WIS’s Billie Jean Shaw. “Because when you hurt my son, you hurt me.”
The Rock matriarch said she initially believed the slap was staged until Smith “started using obscenities.”
“You reacted when your wife gave you a sideways look, you went upstairs and made her day because she was roaring with laughter when it happened,” he said, noting that Smith “could have been taken out in handcuffs.”
After slapping Rock, Smith returned to his seat, where he told Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” Pinkett Smith has spoken publicly about her battle with alopecia, which causes hair loss.
He also took particular offense at the incident that overshadowed the award Rock was on stage to present. The comedian finally presented the trophy for Best Documentary Feature to Questlove for his film “Summer of Soul.”
“No one heard his speech,” he said. “No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, ‘What just happened?’”
Rose Rock revealed after the ceremony that she told her son she was “proud of how he reacted” as the comedian went on to present the award and left without further incident.
Rock, who is currently embarking on a comedy tour across the country, has kept quiet about his reaction to the slap. In an interview earlier this month, he made it clear that he “won’t talk about it 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 apology on Instagram, stating that his actions were “not indicative of the man I want to be.” Since then, he has been banned from attending the awards show for 10 years.
“Pranks at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally,” she wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.”
The apology, however, didn’t exactly measure up to Rock’s mother, who claimed that the actor has yet to personally contact her son.
“I feel really bad because he never apologized,” she told the outlet. “I want to say that his people wrote an article saying that I apologize to Chris Rock, but if you see that something like that is personal, reach out.”