During the premiere of his Netflix special “Selective Outrage” on Saturday night, comedian Chris Rock addressed a number of big issues, including the notorious slap he received from actor Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards last March.
Rock opened the event by criticizing those who believe that “words hurt.”
“Anybody that says that words hurt has never been punched in the face,”
It’s not a coincidence that the special is called “Selective outrage”, as the comedian picked a few cases in which both the mainstream media and the Hollywood establishment selectively cancel people who are not aligned with their political beliefs or let them get away with alleged crimes for simple reasons, like having ‘better songs’ – For this last part he used the example of cancelling R. Kelly and not Michael Jackson for the same issues- .
Rock performed a thorough, accurate (And incredibly funny) analysis of issues that are widely discussed in today’s society such as ‘wokeness’, cancel culture, abortion, attention seeking, the opioid crisis, the January 6th Capitol riots, parenting and racism.
He went as far as attacking the Royal Family while making fun of Meghan Markle for playing the victim card when she knew that members of this family were ‘the original racists’. Also, Rock pointed out that wanting to know ‘how brown’ the baby was going to be is not racist. ‘It was just some in-law s**t’:
Several British Journalists such as Piers Morgan commented the joke on social media:
About January 6th, Chris described it as white men trying to overthrow a government that the same white men are running. He also refers to these as men playing victims saying they’re losing the country, although it’s not clear to whom.
Rock went ahead and attacked companies like ‘Lululemon’ for going woke and their constant virtue signaling:
“I was in the mall the other day, I went by the store Lululemon, I walk by and in the window of every Lululemon there’s a sign that says, ‘we don’t support racism, sexism, discrimination, or hate,’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘who gives a f***?’ You’re just selling yoga pants. I don’t need your yoga pants politics.”
Regarding abortion, Rock stated that he was pro-choice and that he was fine with women ‘Killing babies’ and that we needed to acknowledge the fact that abortion is actually killing babies. ‘Whenever I pay for an abortion, I request a dead baby’
Rock then spent several minutes of his show to responding to Smith’s assault on him last year, claiming that Smith was engaging in “selective outrage” and lashing out because his wife had cheated on him.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage because everyone that knows what happened, everybody that really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that s***. I didn’t have any entanglements,” he claimed. “His wife was f***** her son’s friend.”
Rock stated that Smith was frustrated because of all of the name-calling on the Mainstream media after the infamous interview of him and Jada Smith where they talked about his wife’s affair with a friend of their son, Jaden Smith.
Rock ended the first part of the Will Smith episode rant saying ‘Everybody called him a b**ch and who does he hit? Me’
He dropped his mic for the last part of the show, talking about the same incident and saying:
“A lot of people are like, ‘Chris why didn’t you do nothing back?’ Because I got parents that’s why, because I was raised,” he said. “And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”
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