‘They said no Jussie Smollett jokes,’ Chris Rock tears into him anyway at NAACP awards, gives him new name

It’s a good thing that disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett ungraciously chose to skip the NAACP’s Image Awards Dinner on Friday despite being nominated for an award, because legendary comedian Chris Rock wasn’t about to let a good opportunity go to waste.

While briefly on stage during the dinner to present one of the awards, Rock tore into the disgraced Hollywood actor like a tornado, mocking him for his shameful behavior. And the comedian did so in defiance of the NAACP, which he said had demanded that he leave Smollett alone.

“They said ‘No Jussie Smollett jokes,'” Rock announced as he arrived at the microphone. “What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I’d be running Hollywood.”

The joke was based on the longtime, mostly fun-spirited beef between “light-skinned” and “dark-skinned” blacks. The premise of the beef is that “light-skinned” blacks have more so-called privilege.

It was then that Rock dropped the zinger of the night.


“What the hell was he thinking?” he said. “From now on you’re ‘Jessie.’ You don’t get the ‘u’ no more. That ‘u’ was respect. You ain’t getting no respect from me!”


If only the NAACP felt the same way. Even after Smollett was indicted earlier this month for faking a hate crime, the 110-year-old “colored people” organization kept him in its nomination lineup. This provoked backlash from those who believe the actor’s actions hurt the black community.

“After Jussie Smollett’s indictment on felony charges for lying to law enforcement about an alleged hate crime, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are asking the NAACP to rescind Smollett’s nomination for an upcoming Image Award,” the black public policy group Project 21 announced in a statement after the actor’s indictment in mid-march.

“Everyone has a reason to be disappointed with Jussie Smollett right now, and these accumulated reasons justify the NAACP taking swift and appropriate action to remove him from consideration for its Image Award,” Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II said at the time.

“Smollett is charged with perpetrating a hate crime hoax that wasted valuable police resources and stoked racial tensions nationwide. It hurt our nation’s ability to heal its racial wounds and made the NAACP’s civil rights goals harder to achieve. The NAACP needs to make it clear that his behavior is not OK by removing him from contention for an Image Award.”

Project 21 reiterated its concerns even after the charges against Smollett were dropped last week by what appears to be a corrupt official reportedly linked to former first lady Michelle Obama.

“After prosecutors dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett in the case of an alleged Chicago hate crime hoax, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are condemning the situation as a crass display of ‘celebrity privilege‘ harmful to both race relations and the reputation of the law enforcement community. Project 21 continues to maintain that the NAACP should drop its nomination of Smollett for an honor at its upcoming Image Awards ceremony.”

The NAACP apparently disagrees. It’s unclear why the organization continues to defend Smollett, or why it demanded that Rock refrain from making any jokes about him.

At this point his guilt is as clear as day. Even the prosecutors who dropped the charges against the disgraced Hollywood actor last week have admitted that he’s most likely guilty.

“I do not believe he is innocent,” First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, told CBS News in an interview last Tuesday, adding that, “yes,” he believes Smollett’s guilty. “Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence. Jussie Smollett is neither one of those.”

He’s so guilty even the left-wingers at “Saturday Night Live” are taking shots at him.



And because the NAACP is refusing to stand up to Smollett, folks are now taking shots at it.

“Shame on you @naacp you had more then enough time to separate yourself from this blasphemy you call @jussiesmollett! This is yet another example of who sick we are as a community to even consider recognizing this person for an award!” one social media user wrote.

“Like Jessie Smollett I hope the real black peoples wake up and realize what this new NAAGP is all about and stop supporting you! What world do you live in that you even consider giving a peace of trash like an award? No Jessie Smollett Jokes you said…how dare you? #mutenaacp #abuseofpower #shameonyounaacp #celebrityofliers”


The sentiment on Twitter has been the same:



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