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“It Still Hurts” Chris Rock finally addresses Will Smith’s Oscar slap in the Netflix comedy special; DEETS HERE


On Saturday, Chris Rock hosted a new live comedy show on Netflix called Chris Rock: Selective Outrage. On this show, he touches on the controversial Will Smith Oscar incident that left everyone dumbfounded. At the previous year’s Academy Awards, Smith slapped Rock on stage at a live concert because the latter was joking about his wife. Here are more details on Chris Rock’s reaction to this whole incident.

Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

Early in the show, Rock joked that people who say words hurt never get punched in the face by anyone. He later said that he was not trying to turn anyone on.

In the Netflix comedy special, Chris Rock addressed the previous year’s slapping incident in greater depth and said he was not a victim. Not a victim, said Rock, kid; You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle, cry. You’ll never see it. It’ll never happen.’

Chris Rock went on to say that he went slapped at the Oscars by this ‘moth *rfu*ker’ and people keep asking him if it hurts. Rock said the slapping incident still hurts nearly a year later. He further pointed out the difference between his size and Smith’s in comparison.

Earlier, Chris Rock did not address the slapping incident in interviews or on social media, but he did refer to it several times during his comedy tour.

After receiving a huge backlash online, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for his anger and also resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was also banned from attending the Academy Awards for ten years.

Also read: Will Smith comments on the impact of the Oscar slap incident on his upcoming film, Emancipation

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.