Chris Rock Responds to Will Smith’s Comedy Show Apology

You must feel Chris Rock. The man is halfway through what is (surely) a grueling world tour – and the news cycle swirling around The Slap just won’t stop.

You’d like to know why ? Because the man who slapped Rock at the Oscars, Will Smith, won’t… stop. Bright and early Friday morning, Smith posted a deeply eerie six-minute apology on his YouTube channel. “I was foggy at the time,” Smith said of the incident. “It’s all a blur. I contacted Chris and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk, and when he is he will contact me. So I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you.” Well, that night Rock performed at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, where he didn’t directly respond to the latest Willism, but he seemed definitely have something to say about it..

“If everyone pretends to be a victim, then no one will hear from the real victims. Even I get slammed by Suge Smith,” Rock joked. (He’s referring to Marion “Suge” Knight, by the way, co-founder of Death Row Records who is currently serving 28 years in prison.) “I went to work the next day, I have kids.” Rock, as usual, is right here. Should our attention really be on Smith’s YouTube channel, where he recounts an altercation that happened so long ago? Well that’s exactly what Rock says – people do care, probably too much, and certainly at the expense of much more pressing issues in the world.

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Javier E. Swan