Chris Rock's Comedy Special On Netflix Launches Almost A Year After The Oscar Controversy

Chris Rock's Comedy Special On Netflix Launches Almost A Year After The Oscar Controversy

Updated on December 26, 2022 21:38 PM by Michael Davis

Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock 

The date has been set for Chris Rock's new Netflix comedy special. Chris Rock: "Selective Outrage," streamed live on Netflix, will win the Oscars when Will Smith, 54, beats Chris Rock, 57. It premiered on March 4th, almost a year after the incident.

The infamous scene occurred at the Academy Awards on March 27, before Smith won the Best Actor Oscar. He took the stage to meet Rock on live TV after addressing Rock's joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.

The incident resulted in Will Smith's resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a ban from attending Academy events for ten years.

Will Smith finally apologized to the comedian in a video apology in July. He reached out to Chris, and the message was that he wasn't ready to speak. I will tell Rock to apologize. His behavior was unacceptable, and he was always there when Chris Rock was ready to speak.

Chris Rock’s Statement 

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Chris Rock has since joked about the incident and even referenced it on stage during his U.K. tour with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle (49 years old).

Dave Chappelle reportedly called Will Smith's behavior on set a strange choice. Per Deadline, he praised Chris Rock's authenticity over the years before claiming Will Smith was the perfect man for 30 years.

Once onstage, Chris Rock also addressed the moment, saying, Did that s--- hurt? Goddamn right, the mother ----- hit over bulls--t joke, the nicest joke he ever told.

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Chris Rock: Selective Outrage 

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage is the first comedy special streamed live by Netflix as part of a global event. This is also his second special of Chris Rock on his streaming service, following his Chris Rock: Tamborine released in 2018.

Chris Rock is one of the most celebrated and important comedic voices of our generation, Robbie Plow, vice president of stand-up and comedy formats at Netflix, said in a November statement. They are so excited that the whole world will see his Chris Rock comedy event live and be a part of Netflix history. This is a memorable moment, and we are honored to have Chris Rock carry this torch.

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