Chris Rock Called Out for Joking He Watched ‘Emancipation’ to See Will Smith Get Whipped

Chris Rock has been testing out new material about the Oscars slap ahead of his live Netflix special, and an 'Emancipation' joke has drawn swift criticism.

Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards

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Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards

Chris Rock has been testing out new stand-up material about the Will Smith Oscars slap, and he recently joked he watched Emancipation just to see the actor getting whipped, per Huffington Post.

Ahead of his live stand-up performance on Netflix this Saturday, Rock played a number of shows where he joked about the moment he got hit by Smith at the 94th Academy Awards last year. "The thing people wanna know…did it hurt? Hell yeah it hurt,” he was quoted as saying at one gig. “He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie [in New Jack City]. Even in animated movies I’m a zebra, he’s a fucking shark. I got hit so hard, I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”

One joke, however, stands out. “The other day, I watched Emancipation just so I could watch him getting whipped,” Rock reportedly said, per the New York Post

It remains to be seen if the material will make it into the live stand-up special when it streams on March 4, but it’s clear Rock is ready to make references to the infamous moment, which resulted in Smith getting banned from the Oscars.

Chris Rock has been polishing material about Will Smith ahead of his live performance on Netflix Saturday

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 2, 2023

It’s also clear that people already have strong opinions on the matter. In the historical drama Emancipation, Smith portrays a runaway slave who is loosely based on the conglomerated story of two formerly enslaved Black men.

Check out some Twitter reactions to Rock’s comments below.

Chris Rock "joked" about watching Emancipation to watch Will Smith get whipped. Almost a full year after HE made fun of his wife's illness? Remind why fucking SLAPPING was the worse thing to do in this situation?

— Clifford Batteau (@CliffordBatteau) March 3, 2023

chris rock made fun of a black woman on national TV, became a victim after getting what he deserved, and now spends his free time deriving pleasure from seeing a black man be whipped as a slave. lol.

— ceo of monica (@photonsmight) March 3, 2023

I don’t think you understand how demented it is that Chris rock said he watched will smith’s movie to witness him being whipped….like

— leslie chow (@NotTramBraxton) March 3, 2023

chris rock really said he watched that new will smith movie just to see him get whipped PLEASE let will cook at the next oscars

— renz 🗯️ (@RRTlZE) March 3, 2023

People act like Chris Rock hasn’t been engaged in this type of nonsense for the last decade.

Why does everyone act like the words that led to “The Slap” were the first instance of shit like this and not the last straw for Smith?

— (@Imani_Barbarin) March 3, 2023

Every time Chris Rock opens his mouth, it shows Will should have used a closed fist.

— Hoochie Spirit Activate 🤸🏾‍♀️✨ (@haaaymissatwell) March 3, 2023

Chris Rock is a loser. Either get your lick back or shut up already. Jeez. This is getting tired.

— AshleyStevens (@The_Acumen) March 3, 2023

This kinda stuff is why I will never side with Chris Rock because why are you being weird

— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) March 3, 2023


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