Chris Rock faces backlash for pandering to white people in new comedy special

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Chris Rock’s latest stand-up special “Selective Outrage” has been causing quite a stir on social media since it premiered on Netflix in a highly marketed live global streaming event on Sunday.

The new stand-up special comes almost exactly a year after Will Smith shocked the world when he slapped Rock across the face at the Oscars.

Seemingly still smarting from the incident, Rock used the new special to launch a fierce attack on Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Among the 58 year old’s most brutal jabs was his reference of Smith’s latest project, “Emancipation”, a movie in which he plays the role of an enslaved man.

“I watch ‘Emancipation’ just to see him get whooped,” Rock quipped.

He also poked fun at the couple’s widely publicised issues of infidelity: “His wife was f****** her son’s friend. Now, I normally would not talk about this s***, but for some reason, these n***** put that s*** on the internet.

“I have no idea why two people that talented would do something that low-down.”

But it was his joke about fighting in front of white people that seemed to rub people up the wrong way. “You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people,” he said at one point.

“Chris Rock makes comedy for white people who have a Black friend,” tweeted @kyla_lacey.

@whostye wasn’t impressed, either.

“Chris Rock said “you don’t fight in front of white people”, but had no issue calling a black woman a b**** in front of white people, negatively commenting on black women’s hair in front of white people, or letting white people use the N-word around him smh yo.”

@daviddtss shared similar sentiments: “The most Chris Rock thing about all of this is him screaming that you don’t fight in front of white people but not even considering what it means to make jokes about a BW and her hair in front of white people.”

@mrernestowens added: “Misogynoir in comedy is Chris Rock joking that Black people don’t fight in front of white people while proceeding to call a Black woman a bitch in front of white people after being slapped for disrespecting a Black woman’s hair in front of white people at another event. Sure.”