Until Chris Rock takes a seat at the red table, his stand-up shows are how he reacts to the Oscar slap in the face — and probably Will Smith’s final apology.
Hours after the ‘King Richard’ star broke his silence with an apology video after a month-long hiatus from the public eye, the comedian took the stage at the Fox Theater in Atlanta as part of his Ego Death world tour.
Although Rock didn’t directly address Smith’s heartfelt six-minute video, according to People, he delivered a pointed message about how “everyone is trying to be a fucking victim.”
“If everyone pretends to be a victim, then no one will hear from the real victims. Even I get hit by Suge Smith,” he told the crowd, referring to Marion “Suge” Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records who is currently serving a 28-year sentence for killing a man. . “I went to work the next day, I had children.”
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock added, making the same “cancelling culture” remark he’s shared on past shows.
Rock has held back from sharing his side of the story since Smith took the stage at the Oscars in March. Before presenting an award, the comedian made an insensitive joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, who spoke publicly about her alopecia.
Smith, however, was more open. In his recent video, the actor answered a variety of questions about the infamous moment, including whether he reached out to Rock, who he says is “not ready to talk.”
“It’s all a blur,” Smith remarked of his memories of the night. “I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.
He also addressed speculation about his wife’s role in the incident.
“I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris,” he said. “Jada had nothing to do with this. I’m sorry, baby.
The actor added that after months of reflection, he is “still trying to be remorseful without being ashamed” of his actions and apologized to his family, fellow nominees and fans in general.
“Letting people down is my main trauma. I hate it when I let people down,” he said. “It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I haven’t lived up to the image. and the impression people have of me.”
Shortly after the Academy Awards, the star voluntarily resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has since banned him from attending the awards show and other related events for the next decade. .
Smith will likely face more scrutiny when his new film, “Emancipation,” from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua arrives “later this year or early next year,” according to Deadline, after the project was reportedly delayed due to the controversy surrounding the slap.
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