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Chris Rock Responds to Will Smith's Oscars Slap at Standup Show

Event organisers at the Wilbur did not seem pleased with the masses that were forming on the scene.

Chris Rock Responds to Will Smiths Oscars Slap at Standup Show

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 April 2022 5:27 AM GMT

Comedian Chris Rock has finally broken his silence and addressed the Will Smith slap topic publicly at a standup show in Boston.

"Whoa, OK!" he exclaimed upon entering the stage at the Wilbur Theatre in an all-white ensemble. Audience members in the 1,000-seat venue greeted the 57-year-old with a rock star's welcome, reports 'Variety'.

Rock basked in the standing ovation, which thundered on for nearly two minutes, before he made another effort to get the ball rolling for the evening: "Yo, let me do the show!" According to 'Variety', after a few additional moments of applause, Rock addressed the elephant in the room.

"How was your weekend?" he began with a knowing wink, drawing a wave of laughter.

"I don't have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I'm still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I'll talk about that shit. And it will be serious and funny."

An audience member then chanted "F*** Will Smith!" but Rock ignored the comment and began his hour-long set. "I'm going to tell some jokes," he said. "It's nice to just be out."

Ahead of the 7:30 p.m. show, there was a small media frenzy that grew increasingly hectic outside the relatively inconspicuous theatre. There were at least a dozen broadcast journalists set up as early as two hours before showtime, bundled up in the 30-degree New England weather. "This is insane," one onlooker shouted as he walked by troves of cameras and on-air reporters.

Prior to showtime, local religious leaders gathered in front of the Wilbur Theatre to make a statement about "the incident regarding our brothers" and "send a message that violence is not the way to resolve conflict".

"This is a teachable moment so we end the cycle of violence that is underreported in the Black community," said Kevin C. Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan and non-profit organisation that focuses on civic engagement, to a small crowd of reporters.

Event organisers at the Wilbur did not seem pleased with the masses that were forming on the scene.

"We have to get ready for a show," one Wilbur employee lamented as he attempted to set up security ropes in front of the venue. "We're trying to work now."

Boston resident Sam Wisnia, 24, felt it was "serendipitous" that Rock was scheduled to make his first public appearance only a short distance from his hometown. He got tickets on Monday morning following the Oscars and acted early enough that he nabbed one for $70.

"I didn't watch (the Oscars) live, but I watched the clip plenty of times," said Wisnia, alluding to the footage of Smith slapping Rock. "I hope he leads [his set] with the whole situation, and he can find the humour in it." (IANS)

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