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The “King Richard” actor slapped rock at the Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, referring to the 1997 movie “GI Jane,” starring Demi Moore. Pinkett Smith, 50, has battled alopecia.
Now, almost a month later, Rock’s mom, Rose, is speaking out.
“You reacted when your wife gave you a sidelong glance, and you went and made her day because she was reflecting on laughter when it happened,” said Rose, who is a motivational speaker. W.I.S. Billie Jean Shaw.
Rose added that, like many, he was watching the Oscars at home and initially thought the moment was staged.
However, when Smith started using “obscenities”, he knew it was real, stating.
“When he slapped Chris, he slapped us all. He really slapped me,” Rose told the outlet.
Rock had presented the award for best documentary film to Questlove that night.
“No one heard his speech,” Rose said. “No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, ‘What just happened?'”
Rose went on to share that she reached out to her son and let him know how proud she was of him for his reaction. Rose’s sentiment is shared by many viewers. As the moment went viral, many took to social media and praised Rock for not escalating the confrontation.
“If Chris Rock had hit Will Smith back, we all would have said Chris Rock is a bad person, right?” a viewer tweeted. “First of all, we should all applaud his professionalism for not hitting Will Smith back. The words Will Smith said at the end could have been said instead of slapping him and he would stop.”
Earlier this month, the The academy announced that Smith was banned from attending the Oscars. or any other academy event for 10 years after his slap in the face of host Rock at this year’s ceremony. The decision was made after a meeting of the academy’s board of directors to discuss a response to Smith’s actions.
“I accept and respect the academy’s decision,” the actor said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital at the time. Smith, who won the best actor Oscar, also previously resigned from the academy and publicly apologized.
Of the academy’s decision, Rose told the outlet, “I wouldn’t take away his award, and I don’t see any good way they could have taken it away without interrupting.”
As for Smith’s public apology, Rose says he feels the actor should get closer to his son.
“I feel really bad that he never apologized,” Rose said. “I mean his people wrote an article that said, ‘I apologize to Chris Rock,’ but you see something like that is personal, you communicate.”
At the time, blacksmith apologized on social media to Rock.
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith wrote in part about Instagram before publicly apologizing to Rock. “I crossed the line and I was wrong.”
Since the incident, Smith has recently resurfaced. He was seen in Mumbai, India smiling and posing for photos with adoring fans.
He also greeted nearby spectators by shouting “Will! Will!”
On Wednesday, Pinkett Smith said her family is “focusing on deep healing.
“Considering everything that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing,” Pinkett Smith said before Wednesday’s Facebook Live episode. red table talk saying.
Rock has been performing stand-up since the Oscars incident. In her first appearance on stage since the slap, she told a Boston crowd that she “is still processing what happened.”
“At some point, I’ll talk about that s—, and it’ll be serious and fun,” Rock shared.
Representatives for Chris Rock and Will Smith did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.