Comedian Chris Rock didn’t hold back during his live Netflix special, “Selective Outrage,” which aired from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre on March 4th. The highly anticipated show comes just weeks before the one-year anniversary of Will Smith’s infamous slap at the 2022 Academy Awards. Rock made several jokes about Will and his unconventional marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, including her “entanglement” with August Alsina that made headlines in 2020.
During the show, Rock stated plainly that “his wife was f**king her son’s friend,” referring to Jada’s extramarital relationship. According to Billboard, Jada and Alsina met back in 2015 at a music festival where Jada’s children, Willow and Jaden Smith, were featured performers.
Rock made light of the situation, stating that “we all been cheated on. Everybody in here’s been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television. ‘Hey, I was sucking somebody’s d**k. How did that make you feel?'”
Alsina claimed in a June 2020 interview on “The Breakfast Club” that Will knew about the singer’s ties to his wife and gave their relationship his “blessing.” Jada told her side of the entanglement story in a July episode of “Red Table Talk,” explaining that it happened while she and Will were amicably separated.
Rock called Will to offer his condolences after the entanglement drama, but he didn’t pick up the phone. He quipped that the King Richard performer had already experienced enough pain. “She hurt him way more than he hurt me, OK?” the comedian joked. “Everybody in the world called him a bch… They called his wife a predator. And who does he hit? Me. A nga he knows he can beat. That is some bch a s**t.”
Rock’s live special, “Selective Outrage,” was a culmination of a year’s worth of touring and workshopping new material, including references to the slap heard around the world. The comedian has been praised for his unapologetic and fearless comedic style, and fans eagerly await his next project.