Chris Rock’s slap by Will Smith is still having an aftermath almost a week later and Tony Rock continues to defend his brother.
“If you think you gonna to walk up on this stage, this ain’t the motherf–king Oscars!” Tony told the audience who were just ripe for the joke on Smith, referencing his older brother being slapped during the ceremony by Smith after making a G.I. Jane joke about wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from hair loss condition, alopecia.
“And if you walk your ass up here, you ain’t nominated for s–t but these motherf–king hands! Oh, we going to pop the rest of the year, n—a. Every time you see me do a show, pop!
“I didn’t want to start the show like that!,” he continued, throwing his hands in the air. “You gonna hit my motherf–king brother because your bitch.”
Tony Rock also introduced himself with the Tupac Song, “Ambitionz As A Rider,” that is a classic single from his 1996 “All Eyez On Me” album. It is well known, the connection Tupac Shakur had with Jada Pinkett-Smith and some see the move by Rock as another slam towards Will on his stand up act.
When a fan asked Tony via Twitter, “Do you approve of the apology?,” Tony, simply responded Tuesday, “No.”
Motivational speaker, Kevin Samuels, recently read a letter Willow Smith wrote to Tupac a few years ago wishing he would come back to make her mother happy. She wrote: “Dear Tupac, I know you are alive someplace. I think that my mommy misses you. Can you come back so mommy and me can be happy! I wish you were here… I really do! Love, Willow.”
August 20, 2012: Willow Smith's Letter to Tupac goes viral. pic.twitter.com/iOz5XT1dzx
— damita jo (@KiaSpeaks) August 20, 2015
Jada had previously revealed that when she first met Tupac, she didn’t think much of him based on his appearance, explaining that he “wasn’t necessarily the type of cat that I would even like, deal with.”
It was that first conversation at their school that changed the initial perspective she had about Tupac, recalling how their friendship seemed unbreakable at the time; they both supported one another with their aspiring careers while Pac was said to have been very protective over Jada, who the rap superstar eventually deemed family to him.
“Once you paid attention to him he kind of sucked you in. And we hit it off from that moment on… I don’t think either one of us thought we would have made it in the way that we did, but we knew we were gonna do something.”