Notable news correspondent and professional communicator Megyn Kelly offered a one-word response to Will Smith’s revelation that he was “hurt” and “embarrassed” by last Saturday’s Netflix comedy special featuring Chris Rock.
RTM previously reported that the controversy began at last year’s Academy Awards show, which Chris Rock was hosting. During the show, Rock made insensitive comments regarding Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, comparing her to the bald character Demi Moore played in “G.I. Jane.”
Pinkett’s baldness is due to a medical condition (alopecia). Will took offense, approached Rock on stage, and slapped the host.
An hour later, Smith received an Oscar for his role in “King Richard” and a standing ovation from the audience but was subsequently banned from Academy Award ceremonies for 10 years.
Rock brought up the controversy during his recent live standup routine on Netflix titled “Selective Outrage.” The comedian accused Smith of displaced anger — noting Pinkett’s widely publicized May to December affair with singer August Alsina. The Smiths had previously talked about their “open marriage.
“Everybody in the world called him a ______,” Rock said of Smith during his expletive-filled routine. “Everybody. Everybody. And who’s he hit? Me…”
Rock continued: “Everybody … knows. Yes! It happened. I got smacked like a year ago. I got smacked in the … Oscars. People like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts! I got ‘Summertime‘ ringing in my ears!” Rock joked, referring to Smith’s 1991 duet hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
“But I’m not a victim, baby, Rock assured his audience. “You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King], crying.”
According to The Daily Wire, Megyn Kelly tweeted a headline from the New York Post to her two million followers: “Will Smith’ embarrassed, hurt’ over Chris Rock’s comments in Netflix special: report.”
In response to the headline, Kelly wrote, “Dude.”
Tying the title of his comedy routine to last year’s Academy Awards, Rock quipped: “Anybody that says that words hurt has never been punched in the face. Words hurt when you write them on a brick.”
Rock added: “Will Smith practices selective outrage because everyone that knows what [really] happened…”
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