Chris Rock played himself. An old video of the renowned comedian along with Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. happily using the N-word went viral on the Internets last night (Dec. 22) and people are livid Rock let the white guys cook.
The clip is from 2011’s Talking Funny on HBO. Louis C.K. made a joke about how white people are rich all their lives, but when a Black guy gets rich it’s “countdown to when he’s poor again.”
The crack evoked laughs from everyone, with Rock adding C.K. is “the blackest white guy I f*cking know.” He added, “All the negative things we think about Black people, this f*cker…”
But before Rock could finish the sentence, C.K. jumped in and said, “You’re saying I’m a n*gger?”
Rock responded emphatically, “Yes, you are the n*ggerest white man I have ever…ugh…”
Ricky Gervais was cracking up like a schoolboy while Seinfeld was the only one showing any concern. After some awkward, infuriating and continued rationalizing by C.K. for his use of slur, Seinfeld added, “You’ve found the humor of it. I haven’t, nor do I seek it.”
Just peep how Louis C.K. just so casually says the N-word—and with the hard “E.R.,” not the “n*gga” nuance some like to put forth as an excuse.
Needless to say, Twitter is going in, with some even demanding Rock be traded for Seinfeld (who isn’t exactly ideal, at all, even if he is homies with Wale). While Rock is getting the lion’s share of the criticism, let’s not act like the beef isn’t with Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais. C.K. was already trash, and now Ricky Gervais can chill with him in the dumpster, too.
It’s just that Rock, whose comedy is known for its sharpness on race, left people disappointed when he giggled as two white guys used the N-word, while Seinfeld was the only adult to chide them for their, ya know, racism.
Peep some of the reactions in the gallery.
Imma just say .. Jerry Seinfeld is a real one. A legend— Wale (@Wale) December 22, 2018
I love Chris Rock and Travis Scott both. However, they both need to come to the front of the congregation. We need to talk.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) December 23, 2018
Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact he used the n-word. And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t shit. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 23, 2018
I remember finding out Louis CK wrote and directed pootie tang.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 22, 2018
Idk how old that Chris Rock/CK clip is but I love that once those n words started flying Seinfeld pretty much became this gif of himself pic.twitter.com/24rr5X2kUi— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) December 22, 2018
Jerry Seinfeld being the voice of reason on using the N word..ohh Chris Rock 🤦🏾♀️— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) December 23, 2018
Guys, I love him too. He’s dope and amazing, but we aren’t being consistent if we don’t tap Chris Rock’s chin a little here.— #1 #SNOWFALLFX FAN IN LIFE (free Melody) (@VanLathan) December 23, 2018
That Chris Rock/Louis CK/Ricky Gervais N-world video from 2011 is cringe worthy. Seinfeld was sitting there like pic.twitter.com/C8rQtdq8QQ— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) December 23, 2018
There is no white person on this planet that is so “down” that they can call me their n*gger, n*gga or any other word that sounds like it...— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 23, 2018
...or say it in my presence without getting CHECKED.
There are no exceptions....#ChrisRock
Louis CK, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais: “FUMBLE THE BAG!”— X (@XLNB) December 23, 2018
Jerry Seinfeld: pic.twitter.com/gCI5Ksjlw6
Louis C.K.: so you’re saying I’m a nigger— Brian of Blocksley (@WeatherMane100) December 23, 2018
Chris Rock: yes
Jerry Seinfeld: pic.twitter.com/Vco54wldML
Chris Rock is in a room full of powerful white men and doesn’t call one of them out for using the N-word. He even runs with it, maybe fearful of being blacklisted in show business. Victims can do that to fit in defensively. Yet he’s the target for massive social media outrage.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 23, 2018
When a Jewish Man has to tell a Black Man that two White Men should not be using the n word, that Black Man is worthless #ChrisRock— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) December 23, 2018
Why did it take @JerrySeinfeld to tell Louis Ck and @rickygervais that it wasn’t cool for two white dudes to toss around the word ‘n*gger?’— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 23, 2018
Why the hell was @chrisrock shucking, jiving & laughing with them.
Right Jerry, I don’t find the %#%* humor.pic.twitter.com/bxY36ECGnx
Chris Rock is trending. There is a lot to be said about why. The implications are significant and instructive. But the platforms have made a nuanced, good faith discussion impossible. One risks their very livelihood.— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) December 23, 2018
An authoritarian nightmare is unfolding. Time to wake up.
The “N-word” is always gonna give Seinfeld pause, Michael Richardson put the syndication bag in jeopardy with it. He ain’t dumb.— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) December 23, 2018