Chris Rock on Will Smith’s Oscar slap: ‘I’m not a victim’
Chris Rock has finally broken his silence regarding the slap he heard around the world: “Yeah, it hurts – – t hurt, motherf – – ker – but I shook it s – – t off and went to work the next day. “
After staying mostly silent for months, the comedian-actor has addressed getting punched by Will Smith at the 2022 Oscars while headlining stand-up shows in New York and New York. Jersey over the weekend.
“Anyone who says ‘the words hurt’ has never been punched in the face,” Rock, 57, said while performing alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, ET Online reported.
Also during the event, Hart brought a live goat onto the stage and introduced it as “Will Smith”.
Rock elaborated during his set the next day at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, during a moment in which he said people were being too sensitive, Us Magazine reported. “I’m not a victim, motherf–ker,” the ‘Grown Ups’ star said. “I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut.”
It was the first time Rock had spoken about the incident, which occurred at the 2022 Oscars in March, when Smith, who would go on to win Best Actor for ‘King Richard’ later that night, hit out at Rock after the comedian went bald wisecrack on his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
Rock had previously remained largely silent on the Best Smacktor fiasco, only briefly referencing it onstage over the past two months.
“I’m fine, if anyone was wondering,” Rock said during a May performance at the UK’s Royal Albert Hall, according to The Times of London. “I got most of my hearing back.”
He added that he would still not speak about the altercation between him and Smith, 53.
“People expect me to talk about bulls – – t. I’m not going to talk about it now. I’ll get there eventually – on Netflix,” he said with a laugh.
The comedian previously said he wouldn’t talk about the slap until he saw a check with his name on it: “I’m fine. I have a whole show, and I don’t talk about it until I get paid,” he told his audience during a comedy at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., the month last.
However, just a week before his casino appearance, the ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ creator told fans during a surprise visit to the Comedy Cellar in New York, “Lower your expectations. I’m not going to get into that s––t.
Smith, meanwhile, has remained silent on the matter, although comedian and friend Kevin Hart told Entertainment Tonight last night that the ‘Ali’ actor is in a better place since the incident.
“Will apologizes, you know, he’s in a better space, of course, than he was looking for,” the comedian said. “People are human and as humans we sometimes make mistakes.”
He added: “So it’s not about talking about the past, it’s about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward.”