Monday, June 17, 2024

Chris Rock Comes Out Swinging in Netflix Special, Takes on Will Smith Slap, Brutally Attacks Jada’s Public Cheating


Chris Rock eviscerated Will Smith tonight on his Netflix special.

In one hilarious hour, Rock — on stage live in Baltimore — waited til the end of the hour and then went crazy making fun of Smith, the Oscar slap, and everything that happened last year.

The show was brilliant, touching on a number of subjects, but everyone was waiting for Rock to address the slap business. At the very end, Rock said, People asked him why he didn’t retaliate against Smith on stage? Rock paused and said, “Because I have parents.I was raised! And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people!”

And then he dropped the mic. End of show. Standing ovation.

Smith went brutally into Jada Pinkett’s public cheating on Will, calling him a Bitch over and over but quoting others. When Will and Jada heard this, they must have hit the ceiling! “None of us have been interviewed by the person who cheated on us on television.” He said, “She hurt him way more than I did!…And who’s he hitting? Me!”

Rock said of Jada, “She started it, I finished it.” He also said, “I was Emancipation just to see him get whooped!”

Rock also revealed –he said for the first time — that he asked his daughter Lola’s private high school to kick her out. It was public that she’d been expelled because she’d gotten into trouble. But Rock says she and his family only learned tonight during the show that he’d been the one to go to school and told me to do it. He wanted her to learn something.

If true, it may be a tough few days in Rock’s family.

The set touched on being Woke, on trans and homophobic biases, and so on. A particularly astute part of the monologue concerned the Kardashians, especially late Robert Kardashian who defended OJ Simpson.

What Chris Rock did with this live set — which will be quoted all day tomorrow — is completely take his career and position in the comedy hierarchy to a new level. He ‘went there’ on every subject, was brutally unafraid to address any subject including a harsh look at the difference between dating 25 year olds and 45 year olds. The set was raunchy but not off color, he used the F word and N word a lot, but in a kind of benign way.

Grade A+

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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