Chris Rock hits back: addresses Will Smith's Oscars slap, Meghan Markle's 'race card'
Chris Rock hits back: addresses Will Smith's Oscars slap, Meghan Markle's 'race card'. Photo: YouTube video screenshot

Comedian Chris Rock (58), who was sensationally slapped in the face at the last Oscar ceremony by actor Will Smith, has ‘slapped back’, almost a year later. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and Chris appears to have taken it to heart, delivering his response in a live Netflix stream this weekend called “Selective Outrage”.

Nobody was spared in the just over one-hour special. Chris shared his thoughts (and exasperation) for everyone from attention seekers to woke culture, non-racist yoga pants to South African expat Elon Musk looking weird (because he has a negative sperm count after all the Teslas he’s sold; you’ll have to watch to get it!). But it was Will Smith’s Oscars slap that he kept for last.

“Did it hurt? It still hurts!” said Chris, admitting early on in the show: “Anybody who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face!”

At the end, addressing Will’s ‘selective outrage’, Chris says he believes Will’s slap had more to do with wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s affair than his Oscars’ joke. Referencing Jada’s Red Table Talk facebook watch series, in which she chatted openly with Will about the affair, Chris pointed out:

“We’ve all been cheated on, everybody in here (has) been cheated on. None of us has ever been interviewed by the person who cheated on us on television. She hurt him way more than he hurt me.”

WATCH Chris Rock on Will Smith’s ‘selective outrage’

Reactions have been divided. Many said Chris’s stand-up was brilliant, well marinated and sounded cathartic. “Chris Rock… so happy for him. This made me tear up a bit. The retribution, The planning, The timing and, The execution…perfection. 🤣 😂 🤣 😂” said one YouTube user. “Absolutely brilliant. He handled that situation in his own way. That’s how geniuses handle pain,” said another. One pointed out: “Look at his eyes at the end he still carries the hurt and the anger.”

Chris ended his show saying: “I got parents! Because I was raised! And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”

Many called it a mic drop moment. However, some said it’s a pity Chris’s parents didn’t teach him not to make fun of a black woman’s hair in front of white people.

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WATCH Chris Rock on Meghan Markle, her baby, royalty and the ‘race card’

‘South Park’ recently made fun of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle playing victims, and Chris took similar aim at Meghan and the royal family (“they invented colonialsim”). He says it wasn’t racism as much as just “in-law sh*t”. Of her complaints to Oprah that they were racist for wanting to know “how brown the baby was going to be”… To much applause, Chris says: “I’m like: that’s not racist! Coz even black people wanna know how brown the baby gonna be!”

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