Chris Rock calls Will Smith ‘Suse Smith’ during stand-up act, refers to actor playing ‘victim’
Chris Rock is not speaking publicly about Will Smith. At least not directly.
Shortly after Smith apologized via a YouTube video to Chris Rock for slapping him on stage during the Academy Awards, the comedian performed in Atlanta as part of his Ego Death World Tour.
“Everybody is trying to be a (disrespectful) victim,” Rock said, per People. “If everyone claimed to be the victim, no one would listen to the real victims. Even I was being smooched by Suge Smith… I went to work the next day, I had kids. ”
The reference to Rock is, of course, a reference to the imprisoned Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.
“Anyone who says hurtful words has never been punched in the face.” He added.
Will Smith released a YouTube video on Friday in which he apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Academy Awards, describing the damage he caused as “irreparable.”
In the more than 7-minute video titled “It’s Been a Minute,” Smith — who won the Best Actor Oscar for “King Richard” — also answered some of his most frequently asked questions.
“I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and he’ll arrive when he is.” Smith said. “Then I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.