Chris Rock insists he’s ‘not a victim’ after Will Smith Oscars slap: I ‘shot it’ off’
Chris Rock seemingly unaffected by the “slap heard around the world” almost four months later Will Smith unexpectedly hit him on stage at the Oscars. The 57-year-old comic reportedly addressed an issue while performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey on Sunday, July 24. Comics says that although the slap “hurts,” he didn’t. let it hurt him, according to a witness, who recounted some jokes to him Our weekly. “I am not a victim,” he told the crowd.
While there was controversy after Will, 53, rushed onto the stage and hit Chris, Tamborine Comic said he reacted back, apparently referencing how he has comedy shows scheduled shortly after appearing. “Yeah, it hurts, damn it,” he said. “I shake it off and go to work the next day… I don’t go to the hospital to cut the paper.” In another joke about the pain of being slapped, Chris played off common idioms. “Anyone who says ‘hurtful words’ has never been punched in the face,” he quips.
Immediately after the Oscar incident happened, Chris was avoid speaking about the slap. At his first show after the Academy Award, he mentioned that he was take time before solving it. “I liked a whole show that I wrote before this weekend. I still processing What happened. So at some point, I’ll talk about that. So I’m going to tell some jokes,” he said at an April one performing in Boston. In the months since the slap, he support his actions with a few references to the case.
After the incident, Will released a statement resign from the Academy, who also introduced a decade-long ban in April. After the slap, he also gave a publicly apologize to the comedian March. “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was over the limit and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions don’t represent the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and compassion,” wrote at the time.