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Until this weekend, Chris Rock had held off really commenting on The Slap. Sure he had made some jokes about it here and there, but he clearly had been saving his full response until he got paid. And got paid he did with this past weekend’s Netflix (first-ever) live-streamed comedy special, Selective Outrage — auspiciously timed one week before this week’s Oscars. Rock saved his comments about Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and The Slap for the last 10 minutes of the special, and they overshadowed his previous 50 minutes of material. The takeaway? Rock is still angry:
Chris rock is not holding back about Will Smith and Jada . This is just too much. pic.twitter.com/RTxjIsflgq
— Don Salmon (@dijoni) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock waited until the end to give us all what we have been waiting for! #chrisrocknetflix #ChrisRockSelectiveOutrage #Chrisrock pic.twitter.com/OacNjz5X2y
— GoreJust Goth (@gorejustgoth) March 5, 2023
The gloves finally came off 😂🥊 #ChrisRock Mic drop at the end tho 👏🏾🎤 pic.twitter.com/kp6FCzHvwt
— Aldo Lavalle (@LavalleAldo) March 5, 2023
A pair of big name comedians applauded his special:
So happy having @chrisrock in the world, for so many reasons. Maybe one of the best being as a constant high bar to shoot for in terms of writing, thought & performance. Wow. #SelectiveOutrage
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 5, 2023
Like most comedians I’m continuously grateful for the existence of Chris Rock. Thank you comedy gods. @chrisrock @NetflixIsAJoke
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) March 5, 2023
But others are not amused by Rock’s take.
And there it is. Chris Rock revealing exactly what people who were upset with Will were really mad at…it was in front of white people https://t.co/Vrj7I2RMJA
— Lady Whistledown in the Hood (@colorfullstory) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock said “you don’t fight in front of white people”, but had no issue calling a black woman a bitch in front of white people, negatively commenting on black women’s hair in front of white people, or letting white people use the N-word around him smh yo
— TYE (@WhosTYE) March 5, 2023
Will Smith smacked Chris Rock, not Jada Smith. So instead of focusing on Will Smith, he took shots at Jada Smith… again. He came off as a small and angry little man.
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) March 5, 2023
The most Chris Rock thing about all of this is him screaming that you don’t fight in front of white people but not even considering what it means to make jokes about a BW and her hair in front of white people
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) March 5, 2023
And Whoopi Goldberg has her own take on it: she wants to see Rock and Smith do a comedy together. … Yeah … I don’t see it happening anytime soon, Whoop.
The Writers Guild Awards was held this weekend. On the TV side, Severance, The Bear, The White Lotus, were the big winners. Better Call Saul and Hacks won for single episodes; Last Week Tonight; Inside Amy Schumer; Baking It!; and Days of Our Lives also took home trophies. The full list of winners is here.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards were also this weekend. And you’d be forgiven for not knowing there were television categories in an awards show that explicitly uses “film” in their title. BUT ANYWAY. The Bear, Abbott Elementary, The Rehearsal, and Pachinko all took home prizes. Full list of winners and nominees here.
I’ll do a recap of Saturday Night Live later this week (IT IS WHAT IT IS) but a thing I just learned: Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce had his own dating reality show on E! — called Catching Kelce?? What?
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are back at The Today Show, balance is restored. Guthrie was absent from the show after testing positive for COVID-19 during the airing of The Today Show. But Hotb’s absence was much more mysterious, as NBC gave no explanation. Kotb explained this morning that her youngest daughter had been in the intensive care unit at the hospital for an undisclosed illness, but is back home now. Here’s to hoping her daughter recovers fully very soon.
Joy Behar has started a banned book club on The View to help call attention to the fact that books are being banned in schools and libraries at an alarming rate all over the country. Her first book is And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book that helps explain the concept of same-sex parenting and non-traditional families. STRONGLY APPROVE.
JOY'S BANNED BOOK CLUB: @JoyVBehar highlights the award-winning children's book, 'And Tango Makes Three,' which was recently removed from schools in a Florida county. She calls it a "sweet, graceful way to introduce children to the concept" of non-traditional families. pic.twitter.com/sU50VMGKtP
— The View (@TheView) March 3, 2023
Newsmax might be returning to DirecTV. That didn’t take long.
So … those are prosthetics in Sex/Life, right? The creator isn’t saying one way or another, but …
Doctor Who very nearly got canceled during the pandemic.
King Charles has invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend the coronation; it remains to be seen if they will go.
One of the people Ron DeSantis has appointed to oversee Walt Disney’s special district believed (believes?) that tap water was turning men gay. And wait, it gets better, because obviously it’s women’s fault. See, according to this theory, estrogen from birth control pills is getting into the water supply and turning perfectly straight heterosexual men flamingly gay. What I enjoy about this theory is how it wraps up a warm nugget of homophobia in a blanket of gooey misogyny. OR, DIPSHIT, MAYBE YOU ARE NOTICING MORE GAY PEOPLE BECAUSE SOCIETY HAS BECOME MORE ACCEPTING OF THEM AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU ANYMORE. Nah, probably the tap water.
I genuinely feel terrible for Honey Boo Boo. As Pajiba put it, she “never stood a chance.”
Please leave Bruce Willis alone, for fuck’s sake.
Love is dead. And the cameras are rolling.
- Rachel Ray will end in syndication after 17 seasons.
- A Gary Glitter documentary is in the works at Netflix.
- An animated series about the life of Leo Messi is being developed at Sony.
- Clancy Brown has joined The Penguin on HBO Max.
- Wendell Pierce and Carra Patterson have joined the cast of Elsbeth on CBS.
- Greg James will host the Channel 4 reality series Rise and Fall.
Mark Your Calendar
- Citadel premieres on Prime Video on April 28.
- Silo will premiere on Apple TV+ on May 5.
- Arranged Love; Ms. Match; and Platonic will debut on E! this summer.
- Copycat Killer will debut on Netflix on March 31.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish will premiere on Peacock on March 10.
- Boom! Boom: The World vs. Boris Becker will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 7.
Tom Sizemore, Actor known for Saving Private Ryan, Heat, True Romance, Point Break, Black Hawk Down, and Robbery Homicide Division among countless other roles. He also struggled with substance abuse and was accused multiple times of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse.
Am saddened to hear of Tom Sizemore’s end of life – his family has my prayers – Tom and I were friends I knew of his suffering & his struggle with Addition – he was a terrific talent – Many families suffer from the heartbreak and tragedy of this disease and we do not do enough!! pic.twitter.com/camJPXp8AZ
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) February 28, 2023
He was good guy Tom Sizemore. We were the same generation of actors. I didn't know him that well. But we always got along. There was a sweetness about him.
I watched everything he did. He was an actor I always supported because I felt he gave his all and was damn good at it. pic.twitter.com/t3AWeDbPIk
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) March 5, 2023
“You know for me, the action is the juice.” Wishing Tom Sizemore the peace and rest that was so elusive for him on this Earth. pic.twitter.com/6KUr0Y08hR
— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) March 4, 2023
Beautiful guy, god called another hero back. RIP Tom Sizemore pic.twitter.com/hoJv9FCezT
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) March 4, 2023
Jay Weston, Broadway producer who gave Al Pacino his first big break
Judy Heumann, Disabilities activist and author
Gary Rossington, Last remaining original member of Lynryd Skynryd
Dave Willis, Tampa Bay Rays radio announcer
David Lindley, Sessions musician
History of the World, Part II: It only took 42 years, but Mel Brooks has finally followed up his comedy classic, History of the World, Part I, and every funny person you can think of is in it. Series premiere Hulu
Perry Mason: Season two of the Matthew Rhys P.I./lawyer drama is here. Season premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
9-1-1: A dry thunderstorm — which is apparently a thing — rolls over Los Angeles in the season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
The Voice: 23rd season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
Rain Dogs: This dark comedy is an unconventional love story about a single mother, her 10-year-old daughter, and a privileged gay man. Series premiere 9 p.m., HBO
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chance the Rapper, Maude Apatow
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Hank Azaria, Diane Morgan, Urian Hackney
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Nick Kroll, Rep. Jim Himes, Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Michael B. Jordan; Tessa Thompson; Jonathan Majors
- The Daily Show: Guest host Marlon Wayans
- Watch What Happens Live: Sam Claflin, Jimmy Fallon
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