Chris Rock isn’t speaking publicly about Will Smith. At least, not directly.
Not long 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 (expletive) victim,” Rock said, per People. “If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.”
Rock’s reference, of course, a reference to jailed Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.” he added.
Will Smith released a YouTube video Friday, apologizing to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Academy Awards, calling the harm he has caused as “irreparable.”
In the more than 7-minute video titled “It’s Been A Minute,” Smith – who won the Oscar for best actor for “King Richard” – also answered questions frequently asked of him.
“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 when he is he will reach out,” Smith said. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.