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Chris Rock’s mother, Rose Rock, has spoken out for the first time since Will Smith slapped her son at the 2022 Oscars.
speaking to YES, Rose noted that the “Grown Ups” actor is doing well but is “still processing” the shocking incident that consequently led to Smith’s 10-year ban from all Academy events, including the annual awards ceremony. .
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“I told someone that when Will slapped Chris, he slapped all of us, but he really slapped me,” Rose said. “When you hurt my son, you hurt me.”
If given the chance to talk to Smith, the mother said she has “no idea” what she would say, other than, “What the hell were you thinking?”
Rose explained that “so many things could have happened” other than the “King Richard” star slapping the comedian.
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“Chris could have backed off and fallen. You [Smith] he really could have been taken out in handcuffs,” he said, noting that Smith “didn’t think.” “You reacted when your wife looked at you sideways, you went upstairs and made her day because she cracked up when it happened.”
As for Smith’s 10-year suspension, Rose questions whether or not his punishment carries any real weight.
“What does that mean? You don’t even go every year,” he said of the actor.
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Rose went on to emphasize that she is “very, very proud” of the way her son handled the situation and, like her other son Kenny Rock, also felt that Smith’s apology on social media, posted the day after the ceremony, it didn’t feel authentic.
“I feel really bad that he never apologized,” Rose said. “Your people wrote an article and said, ‘I apologize to Chris Rock,’ but something like that is personal. You get closer.
Chris has kept quiet about the incident since earlier this month when he said: “I’m not going to talk until I get paid.”