Chris Rock Hits Back at Will Smith in Netflix Special

Publish Date
Monday, 6 March 2023, 12:24PM

“Will Smith practices selective outrage,” Chris Rock said towards the end of his latest comedy special, the culmination of an evening’s worth of teasing hints and the final payoff for one of the biggest gambles in Netflix’s history.

Almost exactly a year ago, Rock joked during the Academy Awards that Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, looked like “G.I. Jane 2″ with her shaved head. Smith then stormed the stage and struck Rock across the face, shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth!”

For months afterwards the 58-year-old comedian refused to address the slap publicly, saying he was “still kind of processing what happened.” But in the days leading up to the debut of Selective Outrage, reports suggested that Rock had been workshopping jokes about the assault. 

“Ya’ll know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith… People were like, did it hurt? It still hurts! I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears!”

“Will Smith practices selective outrage,” Rock really starts to let loose. “I didn’t have any entanglements!” He suggested that Smith was really mad at Pinkett Smith because “his wife was f**king her son’s friend!”

“We’ve all been cheated on,” he continued. “None of us have been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television. Why the f**k would you do that shit? She hurt him way more than he hurt me.”

He said, “Everybody called him a b**h. And who’d he hit? Me, a n—– he know he can beat. That is some b**h-a** shit… My whole life I root for this motherf**ker, and now I watch Emancipation just to see him get whooped.”

Rock ended Selective Outrage by explaining why he didn’t fight back on the Oscars stage: “‘Cause I got parents. And you know what they taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.” With that, he spiked the mic.


This article was first published on by Wren Graves

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