Hollywood News: After Chris Rock was struck by Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards, the comic finally responded in a brand-new stand-up performance. In his Netflix programme Selective Outrage, which was live-streamed from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, Chris Rock discussed the confrontation in detail.
Chris Rock recalls Oscars Slap
For those who don’t know, Will Smith startled everyone on March 27 at the Oscars 2022 in Los Angeles when he struck Chris Rock during the live event. Before giving out an award, Chris made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and claimed that she resembled GI Jane 2.
About a year after the slap controversy, Chris touched on the 2017 Oscars while riffing on “wokeness” in his debut live-streaming stand-up performance. The 50-year-old addressed the situation and made fun of the show’s actor, adding that he would not portray the victim. “You will never see it. Never gonna happen,” he said.
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While discussing the entire situation that was later the topic of conversation, Chris in the Netflix special said, “You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Will Smith. Everybody knows. Everybody f****** knows. I got smacked like a year agoâ€¦ and people are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts. I got ‘
According to Rock, Smith’s response to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscars joke was more about their relationship than it was about him.
“I love Will Smith, my whole life,” Rock said. “I have rooted for Will Smith my whole life â€¦ now I watch ‘Emancipation’ just to see him get whooped.”
Christ even discussed his decision not to take revenge that evening in his speech. ‘‘How come you didn’t do nothing back that night?’” Many people had questioned Rock, he claimed. ”Because I got parents. You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of White people,” he said during the act.
In the first 50 minutes of the special, the comedian discussed several other subjects in addition to his dispute, such as addiction, abortion, racism in America, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and more. “I have no problem with the 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.
Oscar’s crisis team set up
According to Variety, Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has officially revealed that the organisation has put in place a special crisis squad for the forthcoming Oscars to promptly handle any potential real-time catastrophe. “We have a whole crisis team, something we’ve never had before, and many plans in place,” Kramer said in an interview with Time magazine. “We’ve run many scenarios. So it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.”
Jada Pinkett Smith disclosed her alopecia diagnosis in 2018. She has been candid about her battle with the illness. In 1997, Will Smith and Jada exchanged vows.