Chris Rock appears unbothered by the “slap heard world wide” virtually 4 months after Will Smith unexpectedly hit him onstage on the Academy Awards. The 57-year-old comedian reportedly addressed the incident whereas performing on the PNC Financial institution Arts Middle in New Jersey on Sunday, July 24. The comedian stated that though the slap “harm,” he didn’t let it part him, based on an eyewitness who recounted some jokes to Us Weekly. “I’m not a sufferer,” he reportedly instructed the group.
Whereas there was a lot controversy after Will, 53, rushed the stage and smacked Chris, the Tamborine comedian stated he bounced again, seemingly referencing how he had comedy exhibits scheduled shortly after the looks. “Yeah, that s**t harm, motherf**ker,” he stated. “I shook that s**t off and went to work the subsequent day… I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.” In one other joke in regards to the ache of getting slapped, Chris performed off frequent idioms. “Anybody who says ‘phrases harm’ has by no means been punched within the face,” he reportedly quipped.
Shortly after the Oscars incident occurred, Chris had shied away from talking in regards to the slap. At his first present after the Academy Awards, he talked about that he was taking time earlier than addressing it. “I had like a complete present I wrote earlier than this weekend. I’m nonetheless kinda processing what occurred. So in some unspecified time in the future, I’ll speak about that s**t. So I’m gonna inform some jokes,” he stated at an April gig in Boston. Within the months because the slap, he’s peppered his act with just a few references to the incident.
After the incident, Will had launched an announcement resigning from the Academy, who additionally gave him a decade-long ban in April. After the slap, he additionally issued a public apology to the comic in March. “I wish to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I used to be out of line and I used to be mistaken. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I wish to be. There isn’t a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness,” wrote on the time.