Chris Rock has spoken about being smacked within the face by actor Will Smith on the Academy Awards stage.
Through the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles final yr, Smith walked onto the stage and slapped Rock, who had made a joke on the expense of the actor’s spouse, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, as he was about to current an award.
Rock’s joke had made a reference to the 1997 movie GI Jane, by which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.
It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the comic was conscious that Pinkett Smith has alopecia, an autoimmune situation that causes hair loss, when he made the comment.
Talking on Saturday on a Netflix live-streamed particular Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, Rock stated he “took that hit like (former Filipino boxer) Pacquiao”.
He added: “You recognize what folks say, they at all times say ‘phrases harm’.
“That is what they are saying.
“You have to watch what you say.
“As a result of phrases harm, .
“Anyone that claims phrases harm has by no means been punched within the face.”
Whereas Smith has apologised and repeatedly spoken in regards to the incident since final March, Rock has prevented all the standard platforms the place celebrities usually go to air their emotions.
He by no means sat down with Oprah Winfrey, and turned away the various media retailers that might have cherished to land an unique in-depth interview.
“I am not a sufferer, child,” stated Rock.
“You’ll by no means see me on Oprah or Gayle crying. You’ll by no means see it. By no means going to occur.”
However Rock did use his encounter with Smith to form and enliven his stand-up particular for Netflix.