‘I’m not a victim’: Chris Rock talks about Will Smith’s Oscars slap during stand-up show
Chris Rock, in April 2022, had silenced a fan who yelled 'f**k Will Smith' during a show in Boston
Chris Rock, who so far, stayed mum on his infamous Oscars slapgate, joked about the incident during his set in New Jersey. The renowned stand-up comedian also spoke about people being overly sensitive saying he was not a victim.
The 57-year-old comedian performed his set as a part of his tour with Kevin Hart called ‘Rock Hart: Only Headliners Allowed Tour’. Chris Rock, while subtly referring to the added that he “shook that s**t off” and returned to work, as reported by Us Magazine. Speaking of the incident, Will Smith had slapped Chris Rock after the latter cracked a balding joke on Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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‘Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face’
An eyewitness spilled the beans to Us Magazine about Chris Rock’s stand up where he apparently addressed the controversy. “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” quipped Chris Rock during his set at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.
According to the publication, a source shared that Chris Rock referred to Will Smith as “Suge Smith” possibly referring to Suge Knight currently imprisoned former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight. The funny man while discussing people being overly sensitive and playing the victim, asserted, “I’m not a victim, motherf**ker,” before cracking a joke that he “shook that s**t off” and returned to work. He continued, “Yeah, that s**t hurt, motherf**ker but I shook that s**t off and went to work the next day” concluding, “I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.” Chris Rock, in April 2022, had silenced a fan who yelled “f**k Will Smith” during a show in Boston.
The Will Smith-Chris Rock controversy
In March 2022, Will Smith stormed the stage of the Oscars to slap Chris Rock after the latter had cracked a joke actor’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith balding. Rock quipped, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2!” which irked Will Smith. A furious Will Smith then walked onto the stage and slapped the comedian asking him to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth after coming back to his seat.
Will Smith later apologized for his actions after he won the Best Actor Oscar for ‘King Richard’ but he still got banned from the Academy for 10 years. In an official statement, the award-winning actor said, “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."
Chris Rock, on the other hand, during a show had announced that he won’t talk about the slapgate until he gets paid. According to Palm Springs Desert Sun, the ‘Spiral’ actor whilst speaking to his live audience in Indio, California in April 2022 stated, “I'm OK, I have a whole show, and I'm not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back.”