For anyone wondering how Chris Rock feels about Will Smith after last year’s Oscars slap, the comedian spelled it all out on his live Netflix special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.
Dressed in head-to-toe white, Rock took the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Saturday night, and tore into Smith.
“It still hurts!” he said about the slap.
Before diving into the topic just about everyone was waiting for, Rock took verbal jabs at Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex; Britain’s royal family; and “wokeness.”
“I have no problem with wokeness. I have no problem with it at all. I’m all for social justice. I’m all for marginalized people getting their rights. The thing I have a problem with is the selective outrage,” Rock said. “You know what I’m talking. One person does something, they get canceled. Somebody else does the exact same thing, nothing… Like the kind of people that play Michael Jackson songs, but won’t play R. Kelly. Same crime, one of them just got better songs.”
Rock added that he’s tired of people pretending to be victims.
“Everybody is trying to be a victim, like Meghan Markle,” he quipped. “Acting all dumb, like she don’t know nothing. Going on Oprah, like ‘I didn’t know. I had no idea how racist they were.’ It’s the royal family! You didn’t Google these motherfu–ers? What the f–k is she talking about? … They’re the original racists. They invented colonialism.”
Just before the special ended, Rock turned his attention to Will Smith and compared the Oscar-winning actor to disgraced music mogul Suge Knight, who is in prison for manslaughter.
“Y’all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith. Everybody knows. Everybody f–king knows. Yes, it happened. I got smacked like a year ago… I got smacked at the f–king Oscars by this motherfu–er. People are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts! I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears,” Rock said referring to Smith’s 1991 single “Summertime” with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
While Rock said the slap still stings, he insisted he’ll never play the victim card.
“I’m not a victim baby. You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King], crying. You will never see it. Never gonna happen. No. I took that hit like Pacquiao,” he quipped.
He added that it was never a fair fight with Smith.
“I know you can’t tell on camera, Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. We’re not the same size,” Rock told the audience. “Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie. You think I auditioned for that part? He played Muhammad Ali! I played ‘Pookie’ in New Jack City. I played a piece of corn in Pootie Tang. Even in animation, this motherfu–er is bigger. I’m a zebra and he’s a shark.”
The comedian said there was much more going through Smith’s mind on the night of March 27, 2022, than Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith starring in a G.I. Jane sequel because of her shaved head.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage, because everybody knows what the f–k happened,” he said. “Everybody that really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that sh-t.”
Rock said Smith was actually angry about taking a seat on his wife’s Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, and discussing her “entanglement” with much-younger singer August Alsina.
“I didn’t have any entanglements. I did not have any entanglements. And for people that don’t know, and everybody else, Will Smith’s wife was f–king her son’s friend. Okay,” Rock said.
“Now, I normally would not talk about this sh-t. But for some reason, these ni–as put that sh-t on the internet. I have no idea why two talented people would do something that f–king low down. What the f–k? We’ve all been cheated on. Everybody in here has been cheated on,” Rock said. “None of us has ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us, on television. None of us! It’s like, ‘Hey, I was suckin’ somebody else’s dick. How’d it make you feel?'”
“She hurt him way more than he hurt me,” Rock said.
As for why he didn’t smack Smith back last year, Rock said there’s a reason: “Because I’ve got parents. And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people!”
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage is currently streaming on Netflix.