Comedian Chris Rock made Netflix history on Saturday with his first live global streaming event. The show, titled “Selective Outrage,” saw Rock tackle a range of topics in his signature comedic style, but it was his commentary on the Oscars controversy that had everyone talking. Opening with a quip about trying not to offend anyone, Rock joked that those who say words hurt have clearly never been punched in the face. This was a subtle reference to Will Smith’s infamous slap at last year’s Academy Awards, which Rock saved for the last ten minutes of his set. Acknowledging the incident, Rock quipped that he still felt the effects of the hit, with “Summertime” ringing in his ears. But he also made it clear that he wasn’t going to play the victim, saying that he took the hit like Pacquiao.
Chris Rock’s Netflix special confronts society’s double standards and delivers a comedic jab at the Oscars’ controversy
Rock also addressed the criticism he faced for his joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at the Oscars. He suggested that Smith’s reaction was more about their relationship than the joke itself, and joked that he now watches Smith’s latest movie, “Emancipation,” just to see him get whooped. But it wasn’t all about the Oscars controversy. Rock covered a wide range of topics in the first 50 minutes of his show, including addiction, abortion, racism in America, the Kardashians, and “wokeness.”
Throughout the show, Rock challenged the idea of “selective outrage,” arguing that people often pick and choose which issues they care about based on their own biases and beliefs. He also took aim at cancel culture and the pressure to conform to politically correct norms. “Selective Outrage” was a thought-provoking and hilarious show that showcased Rock’s unique perspective on the world. And with its global streaming event, it proved that comedy can bring people together even in the midst of a pandemic.
Chris Rock made history on Saturday with Netflix’s first-ever global live-streaming event, where he addressed the Oscars incident where he was slapped by Will Smith. “I’m going to try to do a show tonight without offending nobody,” he said, “because you never know who might get triggered.” Rock saved his jokes about the incident until the last ten minutes of the show, where he suggested that Smith’s response to his joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, was more about their relationship than him.
Rock’s special, titled “Selective Outrage,” covered a range of topics, including addiction, abortion, racism in America, Meghan Markle, the Kardashian family, and wokeness. While he expressed support for social justice and marginalized people getting their rights, he criticized selective outrage, where one person gets cancelled for something while another person who did the exact same thing faces no repercussions. “The kind of people who play Michael Jackson songs but won’t play R. Kelly. Same crime, one of them just has better songs,” he said.
Rock also touched on the division in America, joking that the country is in worse shape than Ukraine because it is clearly divided. He commented that if the Russians invaded America right now, half the country would say, “Let’s hear them out.”
In addition to his comedic commentary on social issues, Rock also shared some personal anecdotes, including his struggles with dating and his appreciation for women. “I’m trying to date women my age, which is 10 to 15 years younger than me,” he joked. “Don’t hate the player, hate the game. I’m trying to f— Doja Cat.”
The performance marked Rock’s sixth stand-up special and his second for Netflix. The pre-show event featured comedian Ronny Chieng, who joked that they were doing the live event to “finally try to kill off traditional TV and put it out of its misery.” The post-show special included appearances from Arsenio Hall, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Yvone Orji, and more. Chris Rock’s “Selective Outrage” offered a mix of humor, commentary, and personal stories, showcasing the comedian’s ability to tackle serious issues with a comedic twist.