Chris Rock’s first-ever live-streamed comedy special on Netflix, “Selective Outrage,” premiered on March 4, and it was full of controversial topics. The renowned comedian, who is known for his unfiltered approach to stand-up comedy, touched on several sensitive issues, including Meghan Markle, R Kelly, Michael Jackson, and his personal life. However, one of the most notable moments was when he addressed the infamous slap he received from Will Smith at the 2022 Oscars.
During his routine, Chris revealed that he didn’t fight back when Will hit him on stage because of his upbringing. “Because I have parents, I was raised.” “You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people,” Chris said. He also took a few jabs at Will and Jada’s relationship, calling them out for their “entanglement” with August Alsina.
Chris declared that he normally wouldn’t talk about such topics, but Will and Jada put that specific story on the internet through Red Table Talk. He also criticized Will for being selective with his outrage, saying that he only apologized to him after the incident but not to the people who called him a “bitch” and his wife a “predator” following Jada’s confirmation of her relationship with August.
Will publicly apologized for his actions during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscars and on Instagram. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally,” Will wrote on Instagram.
Chris also touched on other issues during his comedy special, including R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct allegations and Michael Jackson’s controversial legacy. He even joked about his own personal life, discussing his spoiled kids and house-taking ex-wife.
Overall, Chris Rock’s “Selective Outrage” was a memorable comedy special that tackled several sensitive issues. It showcased Chris’ comedic talent and unfiltered approach to stand-up comedy. Fans and critics alike have praised the special for its honesty, humor, and timely commentary on some of the most pressing social issues of our time.