"I took that hit like (Manny) Pacquiao," said Rock, roasting both Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith nearly a year after the infamous slap.
Nobody has forgotten Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and certainly not the person who was at the receiving end of the slap. Nearly a year since the infamous slap, Rock finally got back at Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith—verbally, at least—during his live Netflix special, Selective Outrage.
In the final minutes of the show, Rock revealed his side of the story and recounted how the unfortunate moment at the Oscar unfolded after he cracked a joke about Pinkett Smith's shaved head. While the whole world watched, rewatched, and made a gazillion memes about it, Rock got the final word when he absolutely went off on the Smith couple.
"Y'all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith," the 58-year-old said, reports Variety. "Everybody knows. Everybody fu**ing knows. I got smacked like a year ago... and people are like, 'Did it hurt?' It still hurts. I got 'Summertime' ringing in my ears."
He went on to say that he is not a victim and that people would never see him addressing the incident on a talk show. "You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King] crying. You will never see it... It's never going to happen. Fu** that sh*t, I took that shit like [Manny] Pacquiao," Rock stated.
The comedian also spoke about how Smith practices selective outrage. "Everybody who really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that sh*t. I didn't have any 'entanglements,'" Rock said, referring to the infamous Red Table Talk episode where Pinkett Smith admitted to Smith that she had an affair with another man.
Chris Rock DESTROYS Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith's ENTANGLEMENT and Calls out Will Smith's "B*tch A**" in Netflix's First LIVE Comedy Special: #ChrisRockLive Selective Outrage (Link For More Video in Next Tweet) pic.twitter.com/ePuz7m8qH4— Andy Signore (@andysignore) March 5, 2023
"I have no idea why two talented people would do something that low. We've all been cheated on, everybody in here's been cheated on. None of us has ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television. Why would you do that? She hurt him way more than he hurt me," the Madagascar actor continued his roasting session.
Chris Rock eviscerates Will Smith for ten minutes in live Netflix stand-up special: "We’ve all been cheated on — everybody in here has been cheated on — none of us have been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television." https://t.co/FntJPhchAK #SelectiveOutrage— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 5, 2023
Rock revealed that he tried to reach out to Smith after that episode aired. "Everybody in the world called him a b**ch. I tried to call the motherf***er. I tried to call that man and give him my condolences. He didn't pick up for me," he said. "Everybody called him a b**ch and who does he hit? Me." As for why he did not retaliate after Smith slapped him, Rock said: "Because I got parents. I was raised. And you know what my parents taught me? Don't fight in front of white people."
Although most social media users seemed to support Rock's tirade and felt the comedian deserved this chance to get back at Smith and his wife, some called him out for making racist remarks on his show.
@WhosTYE tweeted: "Chris Rock said 'you don't fight in front of white people,' but had no issue calling a black woman a b**** in front of white people, negatively commenting on Black women's hair in front of white people, or letting white people use the N-word around him."
@2Strong2Silence chimed in: "Good morning, Chris Rock stood in front of a mostly white audience and made slavery jokes in front of them. Oh, he did this in the hometown of the black woman he insulted in front of the world at the Oscars. If you're Black and applauding this, get help."
We aren't certain how far this Rock-Smith feud will stretch but we hope it stops getting embarrassing for both parties. Meanwhile, you can stream Selective Outrage on Netflix.