Chris Rock's mother reacts to Oscars incident with Will Smith: 'When you hurt my child, you hurt me'

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Chris Rock’s mother offered a statement about the incident that occurred at the 94th Academy Awards involving her son, Chris Rock, and actor Will Smith.

Rose Rock spoke with WIS-TV, a local news station in South Carolina, and shared her feelings about Smith slapping her son on-stage following a joke he made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

"You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye, and you went and made her day because she was mulled over laughing when it happened," Rose told the host Billie Jean Shaw.

Like the rest of the audience, Rose initially thought that the incident was staged, only realizing that it was real when Smith hurled “obscenities” at the comedian.

"When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me," she said, adding, "Because when you hurt my child, you hurt me."

Rose added that her son was “happy” to present the award to Questlove, a moment which was upstaged by the slap. "No one heard his speech. No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, 'What just happened?' " she continued.

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Smith’s mother, Carolyn Smith, previously admitted that she was as stunned as everyone by her son’s actions.

“He is a very even, people person," Smith, 85, told ABC Philadelphia affiliate WPVI. "That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him go off. First time in his lifetime... I’ve never seen him do that."

Pinkett Smith previously opened up about living with alopecia. Rock’s brother, Kenny, told the Los Angeles Times that his brother wasn’t aware of the condition when he made the joke about the actress starring in a “G.I. Jane” sequel.

"The joke was funny. It wasn't hilarious funny, but I know that if he knew that she had alopecia ... he wouldn't make a joke about that. But he didn't know," he noted.

Rock has barely addressed the infamous slap.

While on stage at a comedy club in Palm Springs, California, he made a quick and funny quip in response to the constant questions about the situation.

"I'm OK,” he offered, “I have a whole show and I'm not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back.”

In a previous appearance, he said he had a “whole show” that he wrote and would be focusing on instead, adding, “I’m still kinda processing what happened like…so…at some point I’ll talk about that s*** and it will be serious and funny.”

Shortly after the physical altercation, Smith -- who won his first Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in "King Richard" -- released a statement apologizing and announcing that he would resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

"The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home," Smith said in a statement shared by Variety.

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science later announced that Smith is banned from attending any events sponsored by the organization for a period of 10 years.

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