Chris Rock jokes about Will Smith’s Oscars slap in his Netflix program, asking if it hurt. It’s still hurting!’
Many people had been anticipating this moment for almost a year when they would finally hear Chris’s response to Will Smith’s Oscar night “slapdown” of the comic on the Academy stage.
Rock saved it for near the end of his performance during Netflix’s highly anticipated first live special Chris Rock: Selective Outrage! on Saturday night (March 4), perhaps knowing that a significant proportion of the viewers were waiting for just that time.
Chris Rock comes out for the first time about Will Smith’s slap
Chris has spoken out for the first time about being slapped by Will Smith during the Oscars, nearly a year after the scandal shocked millions of viewers around the globe.
“Everybody knows, yeah it happened, I got slapped a year ago – I got smacked by this motherfucker,” Rock said. “And then folks ask, ‘Did it hurt?'” It is still painful. Summertime is reverberating in my ears.”
Rock looked tired and frustrated as he spoke about Smith at the end of his stand-up show Selective Outrage, which was live-streamed on Netflix from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday night.
During last year’s Oscar ceremony, Smith smacked Rock amid the show after he joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, having a bald head, which she shaves due to alopecia. Smith went on stage to smack Rock in the face after yelling at him from his seat. Later, the comedian declined to pursue charges.
“I’m still kind of processing what occurred,” Rock said on stage a few days later in Boston. So I’ll talk about it at some time. And it will be both serious and humorous.” Despite embarking on a world tour in between, this is the first time the comedian has spoken at length about the incident.
Comments Rock Made
Rock made several remarks in his new show about people seeking attention by classifying themselves as victims but said: “I am not a victim. You will never see me weeping on Oprah or Gayle. It’s never going to happen… That hit struck me like [boxer Manny] Pacquiao. I took it as seriously as Mayweather. Was it painful? It stung, motherfucker.”
“First of all, I know you can’t tell on the video, but Will Smith is significantly bigger than me,” he said, dismissing claims that he and Smith were fighting. We are not the same height. Will Smith appears in films without his clothes on. You’ve never seen me in a video without my shirt on. I’m in a movie, having open-heart surgery, and I’m wearing a sweatshirt.
“In a film, Will Smith portrayed Muhammad Ali. Do you suppose I tried out for that part? He was Muhammed Ali, and I was Pookie in New Jack City.”
The slap, according to Rock, inspired the name of his program.
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“Will Smith employs selective outrage. Everyone is aware of what the heck happened. And everyone knows I had nothing to do with that nonsense. “I had no entanglements,'” he said, alluding to Pinkett Smith’s description of her affair with rapper August Alsina while married to Smith. On an episode of her online show, Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith made the admission straight to Smith.
“OK, his wife was fucking his son’s buddy. I usually would not discuss this nonsense, but for some reason… [they] posted it on the internet. I’m not sure why two talented individuals would do something so insignificant. What the heck is going on?
“Everyone in here has been dumped. Nobody has ever interviewed the individual who cheated on us on television… She hurt him way more than he hurt me,” Rock said, adding that he attempted to call Smith afterward to “give him my condolences – he didn’t pick up for me.
“Everyone dubbed that guy a b*tch… And who did he hit? “Me,” he continued, laughing.
“I’ve loved Will Smith my entire existence. I saw him open for Run DMC… he’s produced some fantastic films. My entire existence, I have supported Will Smith. And now I just watch Emancipation to see him get whooped.”
He said he did not retaliate on the night “because I got parents. Because of how I was raised. And do you want to know what my parents taught me? “Don’t fight in front of white people,” he said as he threw his microphone to the ground, effectively ending the performance.
Smith has repeatedly talked about the slap since, openly apologizing to Rock the day after on Instagram, writing: “I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed, and my behaviors did not reflect the man I want to be.” Months later, he stated that he had contacted Rock but that “he is not ready to speak.”