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Chris Rock’s Mom Opens Up About Will Smith’s Oscars Incident: ‘When He Slapped Chris, He Slapped Us All’

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Chris Rock’s mom opens up about her son’s incident with Will Smith at the Oscars last month.

The ‘King Richard’ actor slapped rock at the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, referencing the 1997 film ‘GI Jane’, with Half Moore. Pinkett Smith, 50, suffers from alopecia.

Now, nearly a month later, Rock’s mother, Rose, is speaking out.

“You reacted to your wife looking at you sideways, and you went and pleased her because she laughed when it happened,” Rose, who is a motivational speaker, told Billie Jean Shaw of WIS.

Rose added that, like many, she was watching the Oscars at home and at first thought the moment was staged.

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However, when Smith started using “obscenities,” she knew it was real, stating.

“When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me,” Rose told the outlet.

Chris Rock’s mother Rose is opening up about her son’s incident with Will Smith at the Oscars last month.
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Rock had presented the Best Documentary Feature Award to Questlove that night.

“No one even heard his speech,” Rose said. “No one was able to be fair in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, ‘What just happened?’”

Rose then shared 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.

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“If Chris Rock had hit back at Will Smith, we would all have said Chris Rock was a bad person, right?” a viewer tweeted. “First of all, we all have to applaud his professionalism for not hitting back at Will Smith. 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 Presenter Rock at this year’s ceremony. The decision came after a meeting of the academy’s board to discuss a response to Smith’s actions.

“I accept and respect the decision of the academy,” the actor said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital at the time. Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar, also resigned from the academy and publicly apologized.

Of the academy’s decision, Rose told the outlet, “I wouldn’t take his award away from him, and I don’t see any good way to get him out without causing disruption.”

As for Smith’s public apology, Rose says she thinks the actor should reach out to her son.

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“I feel really bad that he never apologized,” Rose said. “I mean his people wrote an article saying, ‘I apologize to Chris Rock,’ but you see something like that is personal, you reach out.”

At the time, Smith apologized on social media to Rock.

“Violence in any form is toxic and destructive,” Smith wrote in part on instagram before publicly apologizing to Rock. “I was out of place and I was wrong.”

Since the incident, Smith has recently resurfaced. He was spotted in Mumbai, India smiling and posing for photos with adoring fans.

He also waved to nearby onlookers, shouting “Will! Will!”

On Wednesday, Pinkett Smith said her family was “focusing on deep healing” after her husband slapped Rock on March 27.
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On Wednesday, Pinkett Smith said she the family “focuses on deep healing”.

“Given everything that’s happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing,” Pinkett Smith said ahead of Wednesday’s Facebook Live episode of Red table discussion mentioned.

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Rock did stand-up since the Oscars incident. In his first stage appearance since the slap, he told a Boston crowd that he “is still processing what happened.”

“At some point, I’ll talk about this s—, and it’ll be serious, and it’ll be funny,” Rock shared.

Reps 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

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