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.