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Chris Rock upsets a lot of people with his jokes about 9/11

Chris Rock’s reappearance in Saturday Night Live was monumental. Rock was fired from the show back in 1993, and has spent over 20 years away. But his fame has won him a lot of friends since that time and show business is quick to forgive.

Rock’s monologue may have gotten him into a lot of trouble, at least with a few people.  His constant jokes about the Boston Bombing and 9/11 have set a lot of his critics on fire.

One of Rock’s jokes mentioned the new Freedom Tower, to replace the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the attacks on September 11. Rock says that the building should be called the “Never Going In There Tower.”

“There is no circumstance that will ever get me in that building,” he said. “Does this building duck? What are they thinking? Who’s the corporate sponsor, Target?”

Rock even went on to say that it was arrogant to put such a big building in the same place as the old.  He described it as an “arrogant Floyd Mayweather” move.

To add more to the controversy, Rock said the only kinds of businesses that should be in the Freedom Tower are things that people can’t get out of, like the IRS or family court.

“I got robbed on 48th and 8th about 20 years ago,” he said. “I have not been back to 48th and 8th.”

He continued:  “I don’t care if Scarlett Johannson on the 89th floor in a plate of ribs. I’m not going in there.”

Watch the monlogue below and tell us what you think.  Did Rock go overboard?   Rock’s supporters seem to love what he said, but the Right Wing conservatives will surely have a field day with this one.   This is not the first time that Rock’s jokes have upset others.  While hosting the Oscars, Rock made a joke about Jude Law being an irrelevant actor, leading to Sean Penn going on stage and standing up for his friend.

Maybe this is the way to stay relevant.  The show was also historic with Prince performing several songs.  The singer’s staying power has been virtually unprecedented in the music industry.  He was big in the 80s, 90s, 00s and may be relevant in the next decade as well.  He’s truly one of the greatest.

Watch it yourself.

 

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56 thoughts on “Chris Rock upsets a lot of people with his jokes about 9/11

  1. Kate

    Nothing Offensive here….conspiracy theorist are offensive, bush did! is ignorant & offensive, Chris Rocks comments were appropriate, & Funny….

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  2. Phyllis Banks Cook, Ed.S.

    Although the first constitutional amendment grants freedom of expression it is non existent in the USA. There are certain subjects that are taboo. People are allowed to make racial slurs and other derogatory racial remarks but certain political subjects are taboo and will quickly make the person persona non grata. So much for freedom of expression.

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  3. terry anderson

    Chris Rock is hellafunny…. The right-wing nuts are not penalized for racist and insensitive rhetoric and policies, not penalized for voter suppression of Blacks and nothing else…They can go straight to Hell.

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  4. tim lapietra

    Nope, not offensive, hilarious and true. And ppl need to stop with this “stay relevant” bs…unless youre still in 7th grade. Once someone makes enough to provide for their family and not work for someone else, why they would want to “stay relevant” to this corny ass culture is beyond me.

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  5. Mrs. Carter

    Welllll, he will go another 20 years for his next appearance, I don’t think he will cares,either. He’ll be a little grayer and remembering Red Foxx and Dick Gregory by then.

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  6. Rev. George Brooks

    It is no more degrading and disrespectful that a whole lot of this violence, vulgarity and profanity that is all over the television, in movies, and in a lot of the music that is being promoted and pushed by the producers and degenerate-people that are behind all of the madness. Abolish a lot of this hip hop music, and all, or most, of these violent and vulgar movies, and TV shows like the Jerry Springer and the Maury Povich, which degrades black and white lowlifes, BUT NEVER lowlife Jews. And, believe me, there are tons of lowlife, degenerate Jews. — Rev. George Brooks

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  7. jane doe

    Watched the video clip to see what all the hoopla was about and I LAUGHED, it was funny, maybe a bit of a touchy subject, but, funny to me. Comedians make a job of poking fun and serious topics. Joan Rivers was on the hot plate for saying Heidi Klum was hot( beautiful) and that a Jew had not been that hot since they were roasting them in the ovens. It offended many people who lost loved ones during the Holocaust. There are slavery jokes,poor white tr**h jokes, nigg** jokes, fat jokes etc., People have been making fun out of other peoples suffering for centuries, it may not be kind, but, that’s comedy. Chris Rock is a comedian !

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  8. nelson king sr

    hey author of this post. get over ya self, Chris lives in New York, he knows the deal and he was funny, don’t look for BS where there is none

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  9. Ben Haith

    Chris Rock and our comedians should think about issues that relate to terrorist attacks on people before making humor out of it. Why? Because we live in a dangerous world. That’s right, a DANGEROUS WORLD! Domestic Violence, school shootings, gang banging, international terrorism and other acts of violence occur against humans every day. The people who live on Mother Earth should never forget how African Americans were terrorized during and after slavery. It takes courage to build the Freedom Tower in the greatest city on the planet. Our comedians should consider sponsoring world class marathons and other events to help our homeless people. That’s not funny, that’s great! Thank you for your attention.

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    • ronald

      Comedy is medicine, an alternative to pain. Its the comedian’s job to make light of overtherwise depressing and painful events and situations. It adds an additional perspective, allows us to exhale and enables us to move beyond the tragedy and get on with our lives. Very few, if any, subjects should be off limits for comedians, and Chris’ monologue did not contain any of them.

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  10. ronald

    Your ridiculous headline achieved its objective to get people to read the article. Chris’ monlogue was classically funny as only he can do it. Next time, don’t resort to cheap trickery to attract traffic to your website, it destroys any remaining credibility you have and ticks people off with your attempt to create controversy where none exists. A little integrity goes a long way.

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  11. Akbar

    I think that this country is very arrogant and it was felled by “box cutters” not IS intelligence! We do not mind if we are out maneuvered by a tank as long as its a tank, do not fool us with an “exploding rock” though that is cheating!

    This country has a guilty past and will never be punished in the ways that us humans think, but one of the things is we may be too smart for our own good as Americans, or those that actually consider themselves true Americans. I think it’s arrogant to build such a tall building too, my first thoughts were exactly that. America is not known around the world for being humble. The real people to ask about Chris Rock are Europeans, Middle Easterners, Africans…. and so on. The first things out of their mouth about America is “arrogant!” I bet you can tell jokes about the Titanic. After all the relatives of 911 are dead then no one will even care by then because more will have happened in 50 years. Face our fears. I hear comedians say they offend all racial groups so I am like okay, free speech your reputation though.

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  12. rhonald Jackson

    He didn’t upset me. What upsets me is my gullible countrymen and women. I will always believe tha 9/11 was an inside job. If they want me to change my opinion…show me the grounds outside the Pentagon. The plane was supposed to have hit the Pentagon, was supposed to have bounced before striking the building. Whatever hit the Pentagon, went, in a strait line, thru all 5 rings…so right on, Chris rock and F%$# ’em if they can’t take a joke!

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  13. Akbar

    The jokes are not about 9/11 they are about the replacement tower, which was unnecessary to be the tallest, really?! Somebody needed to say something! No one died in this super tall building. Lets face it they are all scared to go in the building, and need some humor to work there. It’s the “elephant in the room” it had to be said, so we can feel normal again. We cannot shut down now or ever, because tragedies will continue to happen whether we joke about them or not. No one is joking about lost lives, but about what people are really thinking about working there. I would be freaking out every time a plane flew by and I am not the only one, so joke about it and take some stress off!

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  14. DOUGLAS STEWARD

    AMERICAS WHITE AND ENSLAVED OTHERS NEED TO FACE THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS AND HAS BEEN GOING ON IN AMERICA AND STFU!!! AMERICAS WHITE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN STEALING TAX DOLLARS THRU THE PENTAGON AND OTHER AREAS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND EVEN NOT PAYING TAXES TOO AND THEY ARE THE REAL REASONS THAT SO MANY OTHER AMERICAN MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN DIED IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER 911 AND THE PENTAGON EXPLOSIONS 911!!! THIS WAS DONE TO STOP THE INVESTIGATER FROM TRACKING THE 2.3 TRILLION DOLLARS THAT THE REPUBLICANS STOLE AND TO MAKE THE RETARDED WHITE PEOPLES AND THEIR SLAVES MAD AT THE MUSLIMS AND OTHER NON WHITES SO THEY COULD HIDE THEIR CRIMES AND COMMIT MORE BY ATTACKING OTHER COUNTRIES AND STEALING THEIR COUNTRIES ASSETS TOO!!! ALL OF THESE WHITE SATANIC PEOPLES INVOLVED NEED TO BE EXECUTED AND OR IMPRISONED FOR LIFE WITHOUT PAROLES!!! INVESTIGATE AMERICA AS A GRAVE YARD OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS 2024238767 OR NO JUSTICE NO PEACE NO PEACE NO JUSTICE!!! 2024238767

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  15. Greg Peniston

    where is the controversy & “critics on fire”…who’s calling him out? it seems this is more imagined by the author than proven in any way…as the majority of comments reflect, it was well done…

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  16. Deborah

    Hmm it wasn’t as inflammatory as I thought it would be. Personally my acknowledgement of the joke was nervous, but Rock clearly isn’t intending to insuly the victims here. Comedians have done a lot worse if you ask me.

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  17. Elrod A. Ponder

    The young brother’s monologue was funny, bottom line, and not in the least disrespectful to the legacy of
    9/11 or its victims. He and Dave Chapelle are treading the comedic path laid down by Richard, Robin and
    Bernie, and not doing a bad job of attempting to fill some very large shoes. Hopefully it won’t be another
    twenty years until SNL calls again. {I’m more of a blues fan, but Prince killed it…}

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  18. Hadassah Akusani

    One thing folks need to realize about 9-11 and why the “Freedom” tower was built in the first place, and not another “twin” tower ensemble, is because it is the ‘broadcast’ to the world that the ONE NEW WORLD ORDER is now ruling! The destruction of the twin towers was definitely an INSIDE JOB, for the primary purpose of symbolizing the now ruling power of the NEW WORLD ORDER. There are many people who refuse to open their eyes and see the significance of these SYMBOLISMS. They only see through the FIVE-SENSORY MODALITY, and not what is truly behind the scenes [Multi-Sensory Perception]. The two towers HAD to go, even if it meant loss of life, because life means nothing to the ELITE and bankers who run this ‘world’. Furthermore, what Chris Rock said in no way denigrates the life of those who lost their lives there, nor does he make light of that tragedy. Many folks have wondered the same thing, why they would place another ‘tower’ on the same site. It is because they know that the “False Flag” attack by “terrorists” was a BIG LIE, and that it was indeed an INSIDE JOB to symbolize the now ruling authorities of the Illuminati and the New World Order: the ONE world order, which is why the TWO towers had to go in symbol of this. They knew very well what they were doing when they placed that tower there. They know they are in no danger of another “terrorist” attack there, because THEY DID IT and FOR THAT PRIMARY REASON. ANd the “Freedom” applies only to those ELITE: the ‘freedom’ of the now ruling NEW WORLD ORDER, not to the masses at large. We’ve got to OPEN OUR EYES and see the truth. Please read THe Iron Mountain Report; America’s Darkest Secret, and Agenda 21, and you won’t be consistently in the dark as to why these things–that seem ridiculous on the surface–are occurring. Also, check out the site, http://www.stopthecrime.net and see the part that NASA has to play in this diabolical scheme. You see, the Elite COUNT ON the masses being dummied down and falling for all of these “false flag” attacks. As long as they can keep the masses believing it was “terrorists” they can keep working to destroy us through symbolism, and pointing the finger at imaginary terrorists, when THEY THEMSELVES are the terrorists. Wake up and smell the coffee: it is burning! When a government has a EUGENICS and DEPOPULATION agenda in place to kill off massive human life (just like the AIDS and EBOLA INSIDE concoction)
    , the lives lost at Ground Zero is nothing to these reptilian, half-breed hybrids.

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  19. Al Jonson

    I did not observe anything drastically offensive. If there are any HATERS, my advice is to look for the sarcastically, intellectually funny things he says: i.e., The statement about Christmas and Easter.

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  20. Nothing But The Truth!

    What does equivocation mean! Chris Rock’s monologue was outstanding, without equivocation! He is an extraordinarily bright, articulate star, who is, in my opinion, the greatest comedian of our time! Criticism presented is probably just from the usual suspects: The over-jealous, pseudo-patriotic devils! They will criticize anything and everything said about nine-eleven, however funny and in great spirit it is! I have just one word for them: FT!

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  21. SayWhat

    Puh-leez! As much as those ppl who may take offense to Chris’ monologue, those same ppl have not had a problem insulting our President since he’s been in office. F*ck them! Chis is still relevant and still very very funny at telling the truth.

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  22. James Roseau--Danbury, CT

    There was absolutely nothing controversial about Chris’ monologue! The problem is that people have become so sensitive that they are no longer able to differentiate jokes from serious matters. Should he now be charged with terrorism for such jokes?
    My suggestion is that those with that level of sensitivity should check themselves into a clinic to be “rehumanized.”

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  23. charles

    You got to be kidding me.These people have the nerve to be upset about this.After all the insults I have heard in the years since 911 and the slaughter of thousands and counting,hey y’all come and hate on this.Each and everyone of should be ashamed of the way we interact with the rest of humanity.It ain’t so funny when they talking about you is it.All of us can take laugh, can’t we,or is it the truth that hurts.

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  24. Davy de Verteuil

    We call it true fatigue, so what, jokes aren’t always meant to be laugh at…..The Guy is good! suck it up losers…I laugh like hell. I’d rather hear him than Obama any day. Fuck Bill O’reilly

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  25. JDub81

    White folks always trippin bout bullshit….but quiet as hell when their own are shooting up schools and movie houses!

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  26. Rodney

    I thought his monologue was truthful and honest and the fact that Chris never hold any punches made it that much more amusing. So to say the least I enjoyed every bit of his monologue. It’s only those sensitive liberals with a stick stuck up their ass that had a problem with it, and who gives a shit about them….not me!

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  28. jfe

    I don’t think he was being offensive, because the point that he was making is that society “commercialize” on everything. He used the example of Christmas, how an economist will say enough money wasn’t spent, and it’s supposed to be the birthday of Christ. I didn’t see it as offensive.

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  29. Debby

    I too felt he was funny….as we have all seen with many of the facebook post…. we poke fun @ the truth…most times it’s the only way to survive it.

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