How Chris Rock followed Will and Jada Smith on Netflix live

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars, many members of the live audience and viewers at home thought it was a joke — until they realized, to their horror, that it wasn’t.

After making little comment about the incident while on tour last year and declining numerous interview requests, Rock finally fired back Saturday with a barrage of brutal jabs at Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, making allegations of infidelity. marriage and repeatedly describing his Oscar-winning nemesis as a “f—”. The comedic slap came during Rock’s Netflix special “Selective Outrage,” broadcast live worldwide from the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore.

“You never know who might get triggered,” the all-white-clad Rock joked with a (softly) veiled hint of slapstick in the opening moments of his set, promising a show that wouldn’t offend anyone. “Anyone who says ‘Words hurt’ has never been punched in the face.”

Later, during a riff on Snoop Dogg doing so many commercials, he made a more pointed reference to Smith, who got his start as a musician: “I’m not dissing Snoop,” he said with a laugh. “The last thing I need is another crazy rapper.”

For much of the special, however, Rock avoided the long-awaited topic of his feud with Smith to join his friend and fellow Netflix comedian Dave Chappelle in a wide-ranging discussion about “wokeness” — including her regular goal Chappelle, of trans people – and nodded his head. to such low-hanging comedic fruit as OJ Simpson, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the Kardashians. He also included inflammatory material about how he likes opioids and how the fact that he’s paid for abortions is a sign that he’s pro-choice: “I’ve paid for more abortions than any woman in this room.” Rock also heard a more personal vein, with extensive attention to his parenting and love life — and a mention that his mother was in the audience.

When Rock finally faced the slap in the face in the final minutes of the set, he pulled no punches. “I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying,” he said, contrasting his response with Smith’s. “I took that hit like Pacquiao.”

Rock addressed the issue of Pinkett Smith’s alleged infidelity with her husband — a “tangle” the couple has addressed on “Red Table Talk” by saying theirs is not a “marriage of choice.” “He hurt him way more than it hurt me,” Rock quipped. He also cited her as a catalyst for heckling as well, prompting whistles and gasps from the audience: “She starts it, I finish it. No one chooses this b—.”

“You know what my parents told me?” he said, ending the show with a literal mic drop. “Don’t fight in front of white people.”

Expectations were high that Rock would discuss the assault during the special — his first since Netflix’s “Chris Rock: Tamborine” — after previously telling the audience he would have to be paid before talking about the incident.

The premiere of “Selective Outrage” comes just days after Smith received a special award from the African-American Critics Assn. for his performance in “Emancipation,” in which he plays an escaped slave. His appearance marked his first speech since the Oscars. Earlier in the week, he was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for “Emancipation.”

The explosive moment at the Oscars came when Rock was presenting the award for best documentary. After Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith, the actor jumped out of his seat, walked onto the stage and punched Rock in the face.

Less than an hour later, Smith returned to the stage, this time making a tearful but awkward reference to the attack as he accepted the lead actor award for “King Richard.” Days later, he resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned for 10 years from academy activities, including the Oscars.

The attack became the dominant talking point at last year’s Academy Awards, marring what, up to that point, had been a powerful celebration of Black achievement and excellence. He has referenced the incident on occasion, posting a video on Instagram in July and making brief comments during interviews promoting The Manipulation.

Read Rock’s full comments on the slap and The Smiths on “Selective Outrage” below.

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars.

(Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times)

You know what happened to me, getting hit by Sug Smith. This mom hit me at the Oscars – and people are asking, “Did it hurt?” It still hurts! “Summertime” was playing in my ears. But I’m not a victim, baby. You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying. It will never happen. “I can’t believe it, and I love ‘Men in Black.’ It will never happen.

I took that hit like Pacquio, mom… I know you can’t tell on camera, but Will Smith is way bigger than me. We are not the same size. Will Smith makes movies in his shirt. You’ve never seen me make a movie with my shirt off. I’m in a movie doing open heart surgery, I’m in a sweater. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie. Do you think I auditioned for this part? I played Pookie in “New Jack City.” … Even in the cartoons, this mom— she’s older. I’m a zebra, he’s a shark.

Will Smith practices selective outrage. Everyone knows what happened. Everyone who really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that s—. I had no “tangles”. … His wife was her son’s f— friend. Now, normally I wouldn’t talk about this s—. But for some reason [they] put it on the internet. I have no idea why two talented people would do something so low. … We have all been deceived. Everyone in here has been duped. None of us have ever interviewed the person who cheated on us on TV. “Hey, I was sucking some d—. How did that make you feel?’

She hurt him a lot more than he hurt me, okay? Everyone in the world called him ab—. I called mom — to give her my condolences, she doesn’t pick me up. … They called him ab—, They called his wife a predator. And who is he hitting? My. [Someone] he knows he can win. This is some b—-ass s—.

I didn’t do anything to that mom-, okay? Years ago, he said I should stop the Oscars. I shouldn’t host because her husband wasn’t nominated [for “Concussion”]. Biggest piece of s— ever. …So I made some jokes with him. So is. She starts it, I finish it. OKAY? That’s what happened. No one chooses this b—. He started this s—. No one was choosing her. She said that, a grown man, he would have to quit his job because her husband was not nominated. And after [he] it gives me a concussion. What the f—, man?

I loved Will Smith. All my life I have loved [him]… He made great movies. I’ve been rooting for Will Smith my whole life. And now I watch “Emancipation” just to see him get beat up. It had me rooting for the pulp. A lot of people say, “Chris, how come you didn’t do anything back?” Because I have parents. Because I grew up, okay? You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.

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