Almost a year after the “Slapgate” incident with Will Smith at the Oscars, Chris Rock is said to have incorporated some hilarious jokes on the matter into his recent stand-up routine. However, many Twitter users don’t seem to be here for his supposed antics!
Chris allegedly joked that he saw liberate, release, free See [Will] Being whipped’
Speculation broke out right in front of the comedian Chris Rock: Selective Wrath specially streamed on Netflix. Multiple reports suggest that Chris prepared for the special by incorporating some of the Academy Awards incident-based material into his other shows.
The New York Post Office reported that Chris took the stage at a show and mentioned watching liberate, release, free—a film in which Will Smith plays a slave—for the sole purpose of “watching[ing] he was whipped.
“The other day, I watched liberate, release, free just so I can watch him get whipped.
According to The Wall Street JournalChris also mentioned his and Will’s respective film roles to acknowledge the physical difference between the two.
“What everyone wants to know… does it hurt? Damn, it hurts. He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie [In New Jack City]. Even in the animated movies I’m a Zebra, he’s a king shark.
He also addressed Will’s musical career by adding, “I was hit so hard, I heard ‘Summertime’ in my ears.”
This sentiment was further honed through additional comments reported by CNN.
“Will Smith is a big guy. I’m not. Will Smith goes shirtless in his movies. If you see me in a movie having open-heart surgery, I’ll wear a sweater.”
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 2, 2023
Twitter users react to Chris Rock’s speculation
In response to these reports, people on Twitter have started to express their thoughts on the matter and most are not happy with Chris. The user is particularly disappointed in his comments around liberate, release, free.
Check out some of the reactions down below.
chris rock mocked a black woman on national television, became a victim after getting what he deserved, and now spends his spare time finding joy in seeing a Black man beaten like a slave. laugh. https://t.co/fqCpvr1SxJ
– malice (@houseofphoton) March 3, 2023
Chris rocked back a year later with Will Smith jokes pic.twitter.com/4iK7XTQ9Ru
– Tez💜 (@JoeSweatpants) March 3, 2023
— (@SpicyAABoy) March 3, 2023
And somehow everyone thinks the smith is the problem?!
– AKA (@GuyWhoConquers) March 3, 2023
People acting like Chris Rock haven’t engaged in this kind of nonsense in the last decade.
Why do people act as if the words leading up to “The Slap” were the first instance of something as bad as this and not the last straw for Smith? https://t.co/CpIEMPXMEP
— Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ️ (@Imani_Barbarin) March 3, 2023
In addition to criticizing Chris’ remarks, critics also took the opportunity to rekindle a questionable moment in the past involving Rock and some white comedians.
Chris Rock lets two white comedians use the n-word in front of him and laughs about him being a loser https://t.co/QCi1zsX0Cl
— gloria alamrew / (@GloriaAlamrew) March 3, 2023
Since Chris Rock is trending, watch him let Louis CK and Ricky Gervais mock black people and use the n-word.
Jerry Seinfeld was the only one who said stop.
— ️🔪🥀 oN •ACAB (@NotJosieGrossy) March 3, 2023
Chris Rock has been lame since he said he let his white friends say nigga and JERRY SEINFIELD has to test him on it!!
– distant …. (@TeeChereaa) March 3, 2023
However, not everyone objected to Chris Rock speaking about the “Slapgate” incident, like
People who tell Chris Rock to move on from something that happened to HIM seem to me to be a myth. I understand that you all love Will Smith, but Will actually, like in real life, slapped him. He can talk about the damn thing as long as he wants. It happened to HIM, not all of you.
– Tired black woman (@toomuchtelly) March 3, 2023
What do you think of the speculation and the backlash that followed?