Chris Rock went straight for the throat in his new standup special, mocking Will Smith for his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s infamous “entanglement” with their son’s friend – and the couple’s public discussion of the affair.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage,” Rock told the audience in the “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” special, where he talked about being punched by Smith while on stage at last year’s Academy Awards.
“Beyond selective outrage. Because everybody knows what the f— happened. Anyone who really knows knows I had nothing to do with that s—. I had no entanglements,” he said.
“And for people who don’t know what everyone knows…his wife was with his son’s friend, okay? Now, I wouldn’t normally talk about this s— but for some reason, these n—- put that s— on the Internet.”
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After previously denying reports of an affair with family friend August Alsina in 2021, Pinkett Smith reluctantly confirmed her relationship with the rapper, in a conversation with Smith on “Red Table Talk.”
“I got into a different kind of ‘entanglement’ with August,” the actress revealed, while also admitting that she and Smith were separated at the time. She further clarified, “There was a relationship, absolutely.”
At the time, social media users had a field day with the revelation, scrutinizing Smith for his wife’s actions.
“I have no idea why two talented people would do something that f—— low down,” Rock continued during his Netflix standup. “What the f—? We’ve all been tricked. All in here [has] been deceived. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person who tricked us on TV.
“Why on earth would you do that s—? She hurt him road more than he hurt me. OK,” he told the crowd.
Rock admitted that when the news broke about the couple, he tried to reach out to Smith.
“I tried to call the mother—– and give him my condolences – he won’t answer for me. Everybody called that man a b—-…They called his wife a predator. Everybody called him a b — –. All of them! All of them! And who has he hit? Me.”
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Smith famously stormed the Oscars stage in 2022, punching Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke referring to Pinkett Smith’s bald head. She suffers from alopecia.
As he sat down, he yelled at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”
The violent moment overshadowed Smith’s first Oscar win for his portrayal of Richard Williams in “King Richard.”
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Years earlier in 2016, Pinkett Smith voiced her frustration with the Academy after Smith was overlooked for Best Actor for her performance in the film “Concussion.”
In a year in which Rock hosted the show, as well as one in which all the acting nominees were White, Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to announce that she would be boycotting the event.
“Begging for recognition, or even asking, diminishes dignity. And diminishes power. And we are a dignified people,” she said, speaking directly to people of color. “And we are powerful, and let’s not forget that. So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love, and let’s make us different.”
She then offered her support directly to Rock, saying “Chris, I’m not going to be at the Oscars and I’m not going to be watching, but I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year Than you my friend. Good luck.”
During his standup, Rock added, “She F—ing told him to quit, because Will wasn’t nominated for “Concussion,” Rock continued.
“So then I make some jokes about her, who gives a f—. That’s the way it is. She starts it, I finish it. That’s the f— that happened. Nobody cares about this b—-. She started this s—. Nobody bothers her… And then this n—- gives me a f—ing concussion.”
During his opening monologue at the 2016 Academy Awards, Rock addressed Pinkett Smith. “Jada got mad, Jada said she’s not coming… Isn’t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”
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During his standup, Rock admitted that he had always been a fan of Smith, which made this situation particularly strange.
“He’s made some great movies. I’ve been rooting for Will Smith all my life, I’m rooting for this mother——…and now I’m watching ‘Emancipation’ just to see him get horny. Made me to root for master.” Rock said of Smith’s new film, in which Smith plays a man who escapes slavery.
“A lot of people say, ‘Chris, why didn’t you do something back?’… Because I have parents, that’s why. Because I was raised. I have parents. And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people, ” he said, before literally dropping the microphone.
In November, Smith admitted to Trevor Noah that he was full of “rage” when he attacked Rock.
“It was a lot of things,” Smith said of what led to the bang. “It was that little boy watching his father beat his mother… all of this just bubbled up in that moment. I just – that’s not who I want to be.”
Smith, who later resigned from the academy after the incident occurred and was facing a suspension, shared, “I was gone, dude. It was a rage that had been bottled up for a very long time.”
Smith has apologized to Rock on several occasions.