Maybe Will Smith has been holding a grudge against Chris Rock since the late ’90s, when Rock made a joke about then-Jada Pinkett and her attendance at the Million Women March. The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern wrote about the unearthed clip from “The Chris Rock Show” in a piece entitled, “Chris Rock Has Been Mocking Jada Pinkett Smith Since the ’90s.”
An unearthed clip from 1997 features Chris Rock mocking Jada Pinkett Smith's appearance at the Million Women March — or as Rock puts it, "Bitches by the Bell" https://t.co/YVE39yQtqk
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 31, 2022
The Daily Beast’s Fletcher Peters writes:
After a joke about women not wanting to wear the same clothes, Rock begins his roast of Jada: “You know, at the Million Women March, there were moving speeches from people like Maxine Waters, Winnie Mandela, and here are some inspirational words from the lovely Jada Pinkett.”
Rock proceeds to cut to a clip of a young Jada Pinkett at the march. “I am here today,” she proclaims, “because this is an act of power, women. Okay?” With that, Pinkett’s activism is whittled down to a joke, in which she yells the lyrics to “The Roof Is on Fire” instead of her speech.
“Burn motherf**ker, burn!” fake Jada yells to the crowd. (Not even close to her real speech.)
That’s pretty savage.
You’re journalisming so hard right now
— MicDre (@dremicdre) March 31, 2022
Should you want to journalism even harder, look up this dude named Don Rickles some time
— Cheesetrader (@cheesetrader1) March 31, 2022
Attempts to rip on Rock right now are weird. He was assaulted.
— Connor Young (@YNOTConnor) March 31, 2022
— Neil Gannon (@Neil35G) March 31, 2022
— DavidRShelton (@dshelton66) March 31, 2022
He's a comedian. Comedians make fun of people. Calling it an "unearthed" clip as if it was locked in a vault under one of the pyramids make this look like "b*tch journalism." Also: 1997 is not 2022.
— Maynard (@goostuffmaynard) March 31, 2022
Had to sub out to a drilling contractor to dig to 1997 depths. Joke was pulled out in pristine condition, although in standard definition
— Lord Acton-A-Fool (@LordActonAFool) March 31, 2022
TWENTY. FIVE. YEARS. AGO. pic.twitter.com/Bzr7k7aMc9
— Corey Clayton (@CoreyClayton) March 31, 2022
There's the smoking gun….totally deserved being assaulted on live TV. pic.twitter.com/56ON4VT0Jr
— Deezy_Daniels (@Mistah_Deezy) March 31, 2022
I love how you’re desperately trying to make Chris Rock the bad guy in this situation. He was assaulted for words for goodness sake.
— JenniferW (@JenWoodruff79) March 31, 2022
"Comedian who started doing stand-up in 1984, also told jokes in 1997" is not quite the breaking news that you think it is.
— Steven Polanco (@sjp2010) March 31, 2022
I think you should go through every recording you can find, one by one, of every comedian in history and point out every offensive joke they made.
— Daytripper20 (@Day_Tripper20) March 31, 2022
Keep digging your profession’s grave bruh
— Streets of Ranger (@StreetsofRanger) March 31, 2022
What is the point of this? To make Chris Rock look like the bad guy, telling a Jada Pinkett joke every 25 years?
After Oscars assault, Forbes asks why jokes are always at the expense of black women https://t.co/2dP1gDp0gF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 28, 2022