Chris Rock jokes that he was slapped by “Suge Smith”
Hours after Will Smith took to social media to apologize for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, the standup hit the stage to get poetic in the moment, comparing Smith to the former executive. of Death Row Records and currently incarcerated hothead, Suge Chevalier.
“Everyone is trying to be a victim,” Rock, 57, said during a concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Friday night. “If everyone pretends to be a victim, then no one will hear from the real victims. Even I was getting slammed by Suge Smith…I went to work the next day, I have kids.
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock added, according to People.
The comic is currently touring with his new material as part of his Ego Death World Tour. He also broached the subject on recent shows in New Jersey and New York, co-hosted by Kevin Hart.
Smith’s final apology – as he also apologized to Rock via social media a few days after the incident – found the actor revealing that Rock had refused to speak to him for now as long as he considered “unacceptable”.
“I reached out to Chris, and the message that came back was he’s not ready to talk, but when he is, he’ll reach out,” Smith said in the video posted to YouTube. “I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.
Smith, 53, also apologized to Rock’s mother and brother, Tony Rock.
“That was one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realize,” he continued. “I did not think of the number of people injured at that time. I want to apologize to Chris’ mom, Chris’ family, especially his brother Tony Rock.
Tony, who previously worked with Smith on the first sit-com ‘All Of Us’, blamed Smith for punching his brother, leaving the Oscar winner feeling like their relationship is now “probably irreparable.”
“Letting people down is my main trauma. I hate when I let people down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I haven’t lived up to the image and the impression that people have. of me,” he explained. “The work that I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.”