Chris Rock Will Address Will Smith’s Oscars Slap in Upcoming Live Netflix Special
In what may be the most anticipated comedy special in Netflix history, comedian Chris Rock WILL discuss the controversial face slap he received from Oscar winner, Will Smith at the Academy Awards Presentation last year.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the comedian, who will be filming a live set this weekend is bringing up the topic from the infamous Oscars slap when he hits the stage on Saturday, March 4.
He will be appearing live on Netflix, the first time this is being done on the streaming platform. The show, “Selective Outrage” will air on the streaming platform at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET from The Comedy Store.
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The Brooklyn-born comic has addressed the controversy in bits and pieces while on tour this past year.
According to CNN, Rock recently tested some of the material at a show in January when he was on the same bill as Dave Chappelle in Charleston, SC. A source tells the media outlet that he referenced Smith’s size in comparison to his. He even threw in a joke using the title of one of his most popular songs, Summertime.
“The thing people wanna know, did it hurt? Hell yeah, it hurt! He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie (in New Jack City). Even in animated movies, I’m a zebra, he’s a f—ing shark. I got hit so hard, I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”
The upcoming special is taking place five years after Rock’s first Netflix comedy special, Chris Rock: Tamborine, which was released in February 2018.
This will be Rock’s first nationally (globally?) televised event since the assault in front of a live audience by Smith in defense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
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