Nearly one year after the “Slapgate” incident with Will Smith at the Oscars, Chris Rock is allegedly incorporating some jokey-jokes about the matter into his recent stand-up routines. However, various Twitter users don’t appear to be here for his supposed antics!
The speculation broke out shortly ahead of the comedian’s Chris Rock: Selective Outrage special being livestreamed on Netflix. Numerous reports suggest that Chris has been gearing up for the special by incorporating some material based on the Academy Awards incident into his other shows.
The New York Post reports that Chris took the stage at one show and mentioned watching Emancipation—a film in which Will Smith plays an enslaved man—for the sole purpose of “watch[ing] him getting whipped.”
“The other day, I watched Emancipation just so I could watch him getting whipped.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris also referenced his and Will’s respective movie roles to acknowledge the physical differences between the two.
“The thing people wanna know…did it hurt? Hell yeah it hurt. He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie [In New Jack City]. Even in animated movies I’m a zebra, he’s a f**king shark.”
He also referenced Will’s music career by adding, “I got hit so hard, I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”
This sentiment was further honed in on through additional comments reported on by CNN.
“Will Smith is a big dude. I am not. Will Smith is shirtless in his movies. If you see me in a movie getting open heart surgery, I’m gonna have a sweater on.”
In response to these reports, people on Twitter have begun expressing their thoughts on the matter, and most are not too pleased with Chris. Users were particularly disappointed about his comments surrounding Emancipation.
Check out some reactions down below.
In addition to slamming Chris’ remarks, critics also took the opportunity to drudge up a past questionable moment involving Rock and some white comedians.
However, not everyone was against Chris Rock speaking on the “Slapgate” incident, as
What are your thoughts on the speculation and ensuing backlash?
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