Chris Rock didn’t hold back during his new Netflix comedy special, blasting Will Smith for last year’s infamous Oscars slap.
On Saturday (March 4), Rock, who’s been mainly silent on the slap, shredded Smith with jokes in his live Netflix special, Selective Outrage, per NBC News.
“Anybody who says that words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock said near the beginning of his stand-up.
The comedian delivered almost an hour of new material before unloading on Smith for slapping him at the 94th Academy Awards.
“It still hurts,” Rock said of the slap. “I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears. But I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King] crying. It’s never gonna happen.”
Rock went on to call out the size difference between him and the Emancipation star.
“Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. We are not the same size. Will Smith does movies with his shirt off,” Rock said. “You’ve never seen me do a movie with my shirt off. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie. You think I auditioned for that part? I played Pookie in ‘New Jack City.’ I played a piece of corn in ‘Pootie Tang.’”
During the comedy special, Rock suggested Smith may have slapped him out of frustration with his own marital issues with wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage. Everybody knows I had nothing to do with that. I didn’t have any entanglements,” Rock said seemingly referencing Pinkett Smith’s prior comment that she had an “entanglement” with another man while the couple was separated.
“She hurt him way more than he hurt me,” the comedian said.
Before the March 2022 slap, Rock said he “rooted for Will Smith my whole life.”
“And now,” he continued, “I watch ‘Emancipation’ just to see him get whooped.”
Rock explained why he didn’t react when Smith walked on the Oscars stage and struck him.
“Because I got parents,” he said. “I was raised. And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”
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