Viral: After 3 Days Chris Rock Finally Spoke On Will Smith, He Said- I’m Still Processing What

What’s on Chris Rock’s mind?

It’s a simple yet valid question, one that the world is wondering after Will Smith slapped the comedian on live television during the Oscars on Sunday.

The now-infamous blow has been the topic du jo’ur on every corner of the internet and television in the 48 hours since — but Rock has remained noticeably quiet.

That is, until Wednesday evening when Rock broke his silence and addressed the topic publicly at a standup show in Boston.

“Whoa, OK!” he exclaimed upon entering the stage at the Wilbur Theater in an all-white ensemble. Audience members in the 1,000-seat venue greeted the 57-year-old with a rock star’s welcome.

Rock basked in the standing ovation, which thundered on for nearly two minutes, before he made another effort to get the ball rolling for the evening: “Yo, let me do the show!”

After a few additional moments of applause, Rock addressed the elephant in the room.

“How was your weekend?” he began with a knowing wink, drawing a wave of laughter. “I don’t have a bunch of sh’it about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it will be serious and funny.”

An audience member then chanted “F*** Will Smith!” but Rock ignored the comment and began his hour-long set.

“I’m going to tell some jokes,” he said. “It’s nice to just be out.”

Ahead of the 7:30 p.m. show, there was a small media frenzy that grew increasingly hectic outside the relatively inconspicuous theater. There were at least a dozen broadcast journalists set up as early as two hours before showtime, bundled up in the 30-degree New England weather.

“This is insane,” one onlooker shouted as he walked by troves of cameras and on-air reporters around 6 p.m.

Prior to showtime, local religious leaders gathered in front of the Wilbur Theatre to make a statement about “the incident regarding our brothers” and “send a message that vi’o’le’nce is not the way to resolve conflict.”

“This is a teachable moment so we end the cycle of violence that is underreported in the Bl’ack community,” said Kevin C. Peterson, founder of the New De’mo’cracy Co’alition, a non-par’tisan and non-profit organization that focuses on civic engagement, to a small crowd of reporters.

Event organizers at the Wilbur did not seem pleased with the masses that were forming on the scene.

“We have to get ready for a show,” one Wilbur employee lamented as he attempted to set up security ropes in front of the venue. “We’re trying to work now.”

Boston resident Sam Wisnia, 24, felt it was “serendipitous” that Rock was scheduled to make his first public appearance only a short distance from his hometown. He got tickets on Monday morning following the Oscars and acted early enough that he nabbed one for $70.

“I didn’t watch [the Oscars] live, but I watched the clip plenty of times,” said Wisnia, alluding to the footage of Smith slapping Rock. “I hope he leads [his set] with the whole situation, and he can find the humor in it.”

Another Boston local, 32-year-old Jesse Setaro, saw an Instagram ad for Rock’s show “after he got smacked.” He paid $225 and considers that a steal compared to what others spent. Setaro was unfazed by the circus of reporters around the theater. “Why wouldn’t they be here? It’s a historic night,” he said.

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