Just as the dust was beginning to settle on Slapgate, Chris Rock’s mother, Rose Rock, entered the conversation.
The author, motivational speaker, and family and youth advocate sat down for an exclusive interview with WIS in South Carolina while she was in town delivering motivational speeches to high school students.
After some small talk, the interviewer finessed her way into asking about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Mama Rock gave an update on her son saying:
He is doing well. Like he said, he is still processing it because that’s not something you expect.
But, my thing is at that moment – I told him, ‘You were standing squarely on the shoulders of Sidney.’
Sidney Poitier – because that was someone that we all look up to.
When asked how did the incident impact her, Rose Rock replied;
I told someone, ‘When Will slapped Chris…he slapped all of us. But, he really slapped me.’
Because when you hurt my child you hurt me.
I have never met him. He and Tony [Rock] worked together on ‘All of Us,’ for a while but I never met him.
Mama Rock said she has no idea what she would say if she could speak to Will.
Oh my God, I have no idea what I would say other than, ‘What in the world were you thinking?’
Because you did a slap, but so many things could have happened from that.
Chris could have stepped back and fallen…you really could have ended up being taken out in handcuffs.
You didn’t think. You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye and you went up and made her day because she was mulled over laughing when it happened.
Like many of us, Ms. Rock thought it was staged until “he started with the obscenities.”
She also laughed at Will Smith being suspended for 10 years by the Academy.
What does that mean? You don’t even go every year.
Lastly, Rose Rock shared she is disappointed that Will Smith has not apologized.
I feel really bad that he never apologized.
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.
I seriously could listen to Mama Rock talk all day, but I have pressing things to do.
However, as a mother, I totally understand her point of view.