Nearly a year after the Will Smith slapgate incident at the Oscars, Chris Rock is reportedly incorporating some jokes about the affair into his recent stand-up routines. However, various Twitter users don’t seem to be here for his alleged antics!
Chris reportedly joked he watched Emancipation to watch [Will] be flogged’
Speculation erupted just before the comedian special Chris Rock: Selective Outrage was livestreamed on Netflix. Numerous reports indicate that Chris prepared for the special by including material based on the Oscars incident in his other shows.
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The New York Post reports that Chris took the stage at a show and mentioned that he only saw Emancipation – a film in which Will Smith plays an enslaved man – to “watch.”[ing] he will be flogged.”
“I was watching Emancipation the other day just so I could watch him get flogged.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris also referenced his and Will’s respective film roles to acknowledge the physical differences between the two.
“The thing people want to know… did it hurt? Hell yes, it hurt. He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie [In New Jack City]. Even in animation I’m a zebra, he’s a frigging shark.”
He also referenced Will’s music career, adding, “I was hit so hard I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”
That sentiment was further refined with additional comments reported by CNN.
“Will Smith is a great guy. I’m not. Will Smith doesn’t wear a shirt in his films. If you see me in a movie having open-heart surgery, I’ll put on a sweater.”
Chris Rock has polished up footage on Will Smith ahead of his live performance on Netflix on Saturday https://t.co/hazIXLNGcl pic.twitter.com/07P6o9ro8r
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 2, 2023
Twitter users react to the Chris Rock speculation
In response to these reports, people on Twitter have started expressing their thoughts on the matter, and most are not very happy with Chris. Users were particularly disappointed with his comments on emancipation.
Check out some reactions below.
chris rock poked fun at a black woman on national tv, became a victim after getting what he deserved and now spends his free time enjoying watching a black man flogged as a slave. lol https://t.co/fqCpvr1SxJ
— maleficent ✰ (@houseofphoton) March 3, 2023
Chris Rock comes back a year later with Will Smith jokes pic.twitter.com/4iK7XTQ9Ru
— Tez💜 (@JoeSweatpants) March 3, 2023
Chris Rock has been talking about slapping the Oscars since the Eisenhower administration. Apparently Will Smith didn’t slap his ass hard enough… pic.twitter.com/LojBN25b9r https://t.co/I3ea94ylNT
— 𝓦𝓪𝓵𝓮𝓮 🖤 (@SpicyAABoy) March 3, 2023
And somehow people think Will Smith is the problem?!
— AKA (@GuyWhoConquers) March 3, 2023
People act like Chris Rock hasn’t dabbled in this kind of nonsense in the last ten years.
Why is everyone acting like the words that led to “The Slap” were the first shit like this and not the last straw for Smith? https://t.co/CpIEMPXMEp
— Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) March 3rd
In addition to criticizing Chris’ comments, the critics also took the opportunity to address a past shady moment involving rock and some white comedians.
Chris Rock had two white comedians use the N-word in front of him and laughed at him being a loser https://t.co/QCi1zsX0Cl
— Gloria Alamrew / Gloria 🇪🇹🌻 (@GloriaAlamrew) March 3
Since Chris Rock is trending, watch him make Louis CK and Ricky Gervais poke fun at black people and use the N-word.
Jerry Seinfeld was the only one who said to stop.
— 🕯️🔪🥀 ʇoN 𝕵𝖔𝖘𝖎𝖊 𝕲𝖗𝖔𝖘𝖘𝖞🔮𝐵𝐿𝑀•ACAB (@NotJosieGrossy) March 3, 2023
Chris Rock been lame since he said he let his white friends say nigga and JERRY SEINFIELD had to check him out!!
– away …. 🌙 (@TeeChereaa) March 3, 2023
However, not everyone was opposed to Chris Rock speaking out about the “Slapgate” incident since
I find people who tell Chris Rock to walk away from something that happened to HIM wild. I understand that you all love Will Smith, but Will literally slapped him like in real life. He can talk about this shit as long as he wants. It happened to HIM, not to all of you.
— Tired Black Woman Geek (@toomuchtelly) March 3, 2023
What do you think of the speculation and the backlash that followed?