Chris Rock ‘Still Processing’ Oscars Attack

By Brooks Welch

In his first show since the Oscars, comedian Chris Rock candidly told Boston audience that he’s “still processing” his attack from best actor winner Will Smith during the 94th Academy Awards. 

As reported by The Guardian, Rock greeted his crowd by jokingly asking, “How was your weekend?” He then explained how he “did not have a lot to say” yet about that night.

“I’m still kind of processing what happened,” he continued. “If you came to hear that, I’m not … I had like a whole show I wrote before this weekend.”

Only two months before the Oscars, Rock spoke candidly on the podcast “Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade” about his traumatic experiences with being bullied “ridiculously.”

The comedian said, “Half of the bullying was because I was just a little guy. Then I got bused to school and the bullying was because I was a little guy and I was Black. I was getting double bullied.” (via People)

He outlined an incident that made him afraid of expressing his anger. 

Today reported that, in 2020, Rock said he was attending 7 hours of therapy a week, received a diagnosis of nonverbal learning disorder, and has made strides to express his emotions more freely. 

“In the last year, now I can get angry. I’m not scared of letting people know how I feel about certain things,” he said. “So now, I can tell you, ‘Hey, I didn’t like what you said to me … without losing my head.’”

Rock has yet to make a formal statement addressing the terrifying Oscars incident or Will Smith. 

According to NBC, he declined to press charges, the Los Angeles Police Department said.