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‘I’m Not a Victim’: Chris Rock Addresses Will Smith Oscar Slap with Most Direct Response Yet 

Hollywood, and social media users, were divided after Will Smith smacked Chris Rock while the comedian was on stage presenting an award at the 94th annual Academy Awards, with many rallying behind the presumed victim, Rock. However, in his most direct response yet to the March 2022 incident, the “In Living Color” star recently reportedly told the audience “I’m not a victim.”

The longtime funnyman, who is currently touring across the country alongside pal Kevin Hart, addressed the now infamous “slap heard around the world” at several comedy shows in the New York-New Jersey area and most recently at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, last weekend. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock allegedly said during the phone and smart device-less event, per an unidentified source who spoke to US Magazine after the show. The eyewitness claimed Rock referred to the Academy Awards winner as “Suge Smith,” seemingly a reference to the currently incarcerated former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.

Later, during a sketch about people being overly sensitive and playing the victim, the “Spiral” star declared, “I’m not a victim.” He added, “Yeah, that sh-t hurt, motherf-cker. But I shook that sh-t off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”  

Many critics on social media appeared to share similar sentiments of wanting to move on from the incident that took place five months ago, including one Twitter user who replied to a post about Rock’s comments, writing, “Exactly, who gives a F if someone slaps you, get over it and move on.” They added, “@chrisrock took it like a boss. Well done Chris.”

“He simply said that he doesn’t care about the slap anymore and that he moved on. Same thing the media and all of us should do” shared another person.

In the weeks after Smith yelled from his seat at Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your f-cking mouth,” the Oscar winner went on to apologize for his actions and stepped down from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition, he was placed on a ten-year ban from any Oscars-related event, in-person or virtual. 

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