New York Daily News: By Jami Ganz – Chris Rock is sick of the blame game.
The comic on Friday appeared to reference having been slapped by Will Smith at this year’s Academy Awards — this time, just hours after Smith took to Facebook with a long-awaited apology for what quickly came to be known as The Slap Heard Round the World, CNN reports.
“Everybody is trying to a f–king victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” said the Brooklyn-raised funnyman, according to the outlet. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.”
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock later told the audience.
Smith on Friday appeared somber in a nearly 6-minute video he posted to social media, noting that he had “fogged out” by the time he accepted the best actor award for “King Richard” and failed to apologize to Rock during his speech.
While he apologized to both Rock and his family — including the latter’s younger brother and Smith’s formerly close friend, Tony Rock — as well as his own family, the “Hitch” star continued to describe the altercation as a form of defense after feeling disrespected — though he clarified he viewed it as unacceptable behavior.
Smith slapped Rock after the comedian joked that the shorter hairstyle sported by Jada Pinkett Smith, who publicly suffers from alopecia, looked akin to “G.I. Jane 2.”
While again noting that he returned to work immediately after the incident, he reportedly said, “Yes, that s–t hurt, motherf–ker. But I shook that s–t off.”
Top Feature Photo: FILE – In this March 30, 2019 file photo, Chris Rock presents the award for outstanding comedy series at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles – Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP