Chris Rock is enjoying the success of his recent stand-up comedy show.
A source in the entertainment industry tells PEOPLE that the 58-year-old comedian is “riding high” after his Netflix special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, in which he made fun of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The show aired two days ago.
“He said what he needed to say, and he doesn’t care how people react. He’s not afraid, “the person says.
Will, 54, hit Rock in the face onstage at the 94th Academy Awards after Rock, 51, made a joke about Jada, 54. A year later, on Saturday night, Rock talked about the attack in his live special and said, “I am not a victim.”
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Many of Rock’s fans and friends have defended him after some people complained about the jokes online. People are told by the source that “People have been waiting a year to hear what Rock thinks, and he said, “For the most part, I think it went over well.” People don’t expect Chris Rock to be nice.”
In his stand-up routine, which was filmed at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, Rock said, “Will Smith only gets upset about certain things. He said of the Oscars slap, “Everyone who knows me knows I had nothing to do with that s—-.” I didn’t have any ‘entanglements.'”
The comedian was talking about when Jada admitted in July 2020 that she had an “affair” with singer August Alsina when she and Will were on a break from each other many years ago. She told him at the time that she and Will were able to fix their relationship, saying, “We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.”
#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign is one of the people who have criticized Rock’s comments. She tweeted a clip from the special and said that Rock never said Jada’s name directly. She was referring to the time Will told Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth” at the Oscars last year.
“But he did call her a b*tch, which seems at least as bad as calling her a b*tch. TO ME, “Reign added.
She also talked about where Rock’s show was, saying in another tweet, “He was good at what he did. It wasn’t strange; it was planned. Chris could have chosen and sold out in any American city. He wanted to be in the town where Jada grew up.”
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Some people have come to Rock’s defense, like Leslie Jones. Jones replied to a user on Instagram who said that the comedian’s show “sets a terrible example” with what it shows.
Jones wrote in Rock’s Defense, “You guys forget that he got hit in front of everyone! His kids, his mama, peers EVERYONE! I don’t know how you scumbags would handle that. And since he is a comedian, this is how he says it. He would write a song if he sang. Because it hurts when it happens.”
“You guys act like you’re good people! YOU ARE HYPOCRITES! Stop talking and go sit down! “she said.
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