Chris Rock Goes Rogue at NAACP Event, Roasts Jussie Smollett
No-holds-barred comedian Chris Rock says he was told not to discuss Jussie Smollett at the NAACP Image Awards, but he did anyway.
Despite being nominated for best supporting actor in a television drama for his role as Jamal Lyon on the Fox series “Empire,” Smollett did not attend the ceremonies. Rock was there to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
“What a waste of light skin…” began Rock.
What the hell was he thinking?
The “Empire” actor is accused of staging an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in January. He was facing 16 felony counts for filing a false report and lying to police in Chicago, when in a move that left many dumbfounded around the world, the Cook County State Attorney’s Office dropped all charges and essentially erased Smollett’s case without following standard procedure.
After the perplexing announcement, Smollett mentioned in a spoken statement, “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’m accused of.”
Smollett’s mother Janet is African-American and his father Joel was Jewish.
The winner of the best supporting actor in a television drama is Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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Yesterday, January 7, 2015 my family lost our king but we gained a righteous angel. You showed the deepest strength and dignity until your very last breath. You are not just a fighter… You are the CHAMP. As I try to make sense of our own grief, I smile in my heart with the words that your oldest daughter, @jazzsmollettwarwell told us all "Daddy was here to help transition us into the world… We are blessed enough to be able to help transition him out of the world." I love and honor you. I will continue to work hard to make you proud and will always & forever be your son. You live on. Fly high Daddy. #JoelSmollettSr. October 8, 1956 – January 7, 2015 #FamilyFirst #CancerSucks