Chris Rock’s mother: Will Smith beat us all

Rose Rockthe motivational speaker, teacher, author of Mama Rocks Rules: Ten Lessons in Raising a House with Successful Childrenand one-time host for The Mom Show from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (the world’s mini golf capital), raised 10 children and raised 17 more, so she definitely knows a thing or two about mothers’ concerns. For that purpose, she is probably it first person who should have weighed in Will Smith gives his son Chris Rock a slap in the face at the Oscars last month.

She spoke recently Billie Jean Shaw from Soda City Live on WIS-TV, an NBC-affiliated company from Columbia, South Carolina, about the now infamous incident and offered a unique perspective.

She watched at home (though she’s attended the event before) and first thought it was all staged until Smith “started using obscenities.”

“When he hit Chris, he hit us all,” she said, adding, “he really hit me. Because when you hurt my child, you hurt me.”

When asked what she would say if she had the opportunity to talk to Smith, she was bluntly, “What in the world were you thinking?”

She showed a mother’s concern, adding that Smith (who was training to play Muhammad Ali!) Could have made Chris step back and fall, or that Smith could have been handcuffed. “You did not think,” she concluded in her imaginary conversation with King Richard actor.

She said she was proud of how her son reacted, but it was difficult because there was nothing she could do for him from home.

As for the Academy’s 10-year exclusion from the ceremony, Mama Rock had to laugh. “And what does that mean?!” she asked. “You [Smith] do not even go every year! They boycotted a year they were not even invited. It’s all fun. ”

She also expressed annoyance: Her son was eager, she said, after giving Questlove Oscar for Best Director (for Summer of soul), but “no one even heard his speech. No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there saying, ‘what just happened?'” (She’s not mistaken!)

She concluded by saying she did not want to take Smith’s Oscar away, acknowledging that there was no way for the Academy to have removed him during the ceremony without disturbing things. But she’s not impressed with Smith’s apologies so far. “His people wrote a piece about me apologizing to Chris Rock, but such a thing is personal, you reach out.”

While Rock is currently on tour, Smith has only released written statements since the incident. He was spotted over the weekend in India.

In her Soda City Live interview, Rose talked about the difficulties of growing up in South Carolina (“the day of departure was liberation day, you got on a Greyhound bus and left”). She also discussed a book she is working on, inspired in part by watching the film The help and realize “that none of it has changed.”

If you were wondering, Columbia, South Carolina is called Soda City because the old mail abbreviation was Cola.

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