By Ryan Steal
Rosalie “Rose” Rock, Chris Rock’s mom, spoke out for the first time on Friday about Will Smith smacking her son onstage during this year’s Academy Awards.
Rose informed the source that she didn’t go to the Oscars on March 27 and instead watched it from home. She initially believed the slap was orchestrated until Smith “started using obscenities,” she told WIS-TV.
“When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us,” Rose claimed, adding, “he really slapped me.”
Rose, a motivational speaker from Andrews, South Carolina, was in Columbia to speak at high schools.
“You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye and you went and made her day because she was bowled over laughing when it happened,” Rose said of Smith.
Chris was ecstatic to present the prize for best documentary feature to Questlove, who entered the stage following the slap, according to Rose. She told the broadcaster that she believes Smith’s outburst robbed her of that moment: “His speech was completely unheard. No one could just be in the moment because everyone was wondering, “What just happened?””
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