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06th Mar 2023

Chris Rock calls Will Smith a ‘b****’ as he unleashes in fiery Netflix special

Steve Hopkins

‘Did it hurt? It still hurt! I got Summertime ringing in my ears’

Chris Rock branded Will Smith a “b****” as he unleashed a no holds barred attack on the actor in his new Netflix special, Selective Outrage.

The special, which was the first of its’ kind for the streaming giant, was broadcast live on the platform to viewers across the globe,  came a year after Smith slapped Rock at the Academy Awards ceremony after he made a G.I Jane joke about his wife,  Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

Rock, 58, had been testing out material in the lead up to the performance, including one joke where he said he only watched Smith’s film Emancipation so he “could watch him getting whipped”.

Opening his performance, Rock stated: “I’m going to try to do the show without offending anyone… Because you never know who might get triggered!”

The comic said during his show that “everybody” calls the Fresh Prince star a “b****”, then continued: “Y’all know what happened to me, getting smacked by ‘Suge Smith’.”

The slap has been immortalised as a meme across the world.

The name is seemingly a reference to Suge Knight, the Death Row Records founder who was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2018 for manslaughter.

“I got smacked at the f****** Oscars by this motherf*****.”

Rock went on to say that while the slap “hurt”, he didn’t cry about it because he’s “not a victim”.

“You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle, crying,” Rock said, appearing to mock Smith’s tearful apologies in the aftermath of his outburst.

“You will never see it, never gonna happen… I took that hit like [Manny] Pacquiao.”

While ripping on the actor and Pinkett Smith, including her “entanglement” with her son’s friend, the comedian said “everybody in the world called him a “b****” after slap gate was discussed in an episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook series Red Table Talk.

Rock listed all of the people who called Smith a “b****”, saying: “Charlemagne called him a b****, The Breakfast Club called him a b****, and The View, The Talk and every rapper, and The Drink Champs called him a f****** b****.”

Speaking on why fans have not seen him discuss the incident in the media previously, Rock said that he didn’t want to engage in the culture of victimhood which he believes to be so prevalent in society today.

“Right now we live in a world where the emergency room is filled with motherf****** with paper cuts”, he said.

Saving the best for last, Rock quipped “People are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurt! I got Summertime ringing in my ears”, a call back to Smith’s 1991 single release.

In a tribute to the shows title, Selective Outrage, the comedian said that he feels Smith himself practices “selective outrage”, and that his assault on him had more to do with the Oscar winner’s own relationship struggles, than the joke he made.

The infamous moment Smith stormed the stage.

Concluding the special with a mic-drop moment that will go down in comedy folklore, Rock tackled the critique levelled at him for not fighting back during the incident.

“I got parents! Because I was raised!”, the comedian said. “And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people!”, to which the live crowd erupted.

In the aftermath of the special, fans and comedians took to social media to praise Rock for not just his droll response to the slap incident.

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