Chris Rock finally strikes back, talks publicly about Will Smith Oscar slap

Once seemingly reluctant to comment on the slap heard ’round the world, comedian Chris Rock has grown more vocal over actor Will Smith’s strike against him at the 94th Academy Awards as time has progressed.

This has been especially true when the standup star has been joined by his comedic pals, and at a Thursday performance with Dave Chappelle, Smith was called out for having “ripped his mask off” to show “he was as ugly as the rest of us.”

In the days immediately following the incident at the Oscars where Smith had marched onto the stage to strike Rock over a poorly received joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith, the comic had set off on his “Ego Death World Tour,” disappointing many with his desire to remain mum on the subject. Such was not the case at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England Thursday night where, alongside Chappelle, the duo briefly remarked on the infamous slap, as reported by the Daily Mail.

“Did that sh*t hurt?” Rock had been prompted before unloading, “G*ddamn right. The motherf*cker hit me over a bullsh*t joke, the nicest joke I ever told.”

Chappelle who had prodded Rock to opine on the matter offered up his take on the situation as well and contended, “Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us.”

Oft a target of the woke for his no holds barred style, Chappelle had also nearly been attacked on stage earlier this year when performing at the Hollywood Bowl when an activist rushed the stage. Chappelle had been more willing to comment on his attempted assailant, saying at the time, “Not that he should die, but his a** should itch for four to six weeks,” suggesting the suspect catch monkeypox.

Seemingly setting jokes aside for a moment, Chappelle went on to say about Smith Thursday, “Whatever the consequences are–I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again and lets his real face breathe. I see myself in both men.”

Since the slap, Smith, who went on to win the Best Actor award the night he struck Rock, had garnered a decade-long ban from the award ceremony after he resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In July, he offered another apology to Rock in a publicly posted video where he expressed, “Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down so it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.”

Rock appeared to react to the video in his performance after its release stating, “Everybody is trying to be a f*cking victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims…I went to work the next day, I got kids.”

The comedian had also spoken up on the incident earlier in the week as, according to the Arizona Republic, Rock told an audience at Arizona’s Financial Theatre in Phoenix Sunday that he had been asked to reappear as host of the Oscars for the 95th Academy Awards next year. Opining on the invitation that he refused, the comedian likened the offer to events surrounding the even more infamous murder trial of O.J. Simpson and the lead-up to the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson that had involved her leaving a pair of glasses at an Italian eatery.

Coming back to host the Oscars, Rock said, would be like asking her “to go back to the restaurant.”


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