Reports indicate that Will Smith is “embarrassed and insulted” by Chris Rock’s decision to base a Netflix special on their memorable argument at the 94th Academy Awards.
Smith’s Smith rushed onstage and hit Rock when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-alopecia.
Smith, then 54 years old, has been banned from the awards show for the next decade, and Rock, who was supposed to speak at the 2022 show, has used the event as fodder for his new stand-up special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.
At her show at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, where Pinkett and Jada Pinkett Smith were born, Rock, 58, launched a series of harsh rebukes at the married couple. Among them is a funny monologue on her affair with August Alsina, the singer.
According to reports, the Netflix special had such a deep effect on Smith that he now wants Rock to “let it go” as well.
Smith, according to the newspaper, has not read Selective Outrage but has heard its contents from others. The film reportedly upset and embarrassed him.
Pinkett Smith’s infidelity has been widely reported on, and Rock has brought it up again, accusing the Oscar winner of “selective fury” in the penultimate episode of the show.
But, according to DailyMail.com, a close friend of the comedian alleges that if the comic had just said “I’m sorry,” the whole situation might have been avoided.
‘Chris never got the one-on-one private apology from Will, only the public one which meant nothing,’ a close friend of the comic insisted. First on Instagram the day after the Oscars, and then again in an apology video, those are the only times Will has addressed the issue.
A close friend of Rock’s said that the comic was not seeking revenge but rather wants to “get it all out” and “get done with it” by discussing the incident again on his Netflix show.
He needed to get it all out of his head. The experience was “very therapeutic” for him, according to a trusted friend.
The comedian addressed the slap gate scandal unabashedly on stage.
Instead, he stepped up his attack on the famous couple by bringing up Pinkett-romance Smith with Jaden’s friend and artist August Alsina in 2020.
In front of an audience, Rock said, “his wife was f***ing her son’s pal,” which caused a commotion.
As a result of his violent outburst at the 2018 Oscars, Smith has been banned from attending the ceremony for the next decade, which means the 2023 Oscars will be placed on March 12. His unpleasant retort was broadcast a week before the party.
In March of 2022, as Rock was about to present an award for best documentary film, he smacked a member of the crowd.
He continued to make light of Smith’s shaved head by claiming he was excited to see her in her new role as “G.I. Jane.” He looked at the Smith family.
The moment Smith saw Chris coming, he leaped up on the stage and smacked him on the side of the head. Back in his front-row seat, he said, “Don’t you dare mention my wife’s mother!”
The actor was promptly kicked out of the Academy for ten years.
Rock responded to criticism of his remarks by saying, “Anybody that thinks words hurt has never been slapped in the face,” which he first spoke at a Saturday night comedy spectacular. And yet, honey, I refuse to act the victim. It took both Oprah and Gayle to coax a cry out of me, but neither of them succeeded.
One could object, “The whole world branded him a jerk, and now look who he’s swinging at. Me. I got hit by Suge Smith, and everyone knows what happened to me, he joked. To this day, it still hurts. The song “Summertime” keeps playing in my head.
Rock then elaborated on why he hadn’t countered Will’s assault: “I’ll tell you what I was taught by my parents. Maintain calm while white people are nearby.