Chris Rock is still in the news for bringing up the name of Will Smith’s wife after his contentious Selective Outrage stand-up comedy special for Netflix. Rock has reportedly been smitten with Jada Pinkett-Smith for the last three decades, according to a source who has come forward.
Rock’s obsession with the well-known actress is troubling, a source told People. Rock places all the responsibility for his iconic slap at the 94th Academy Awards last year on Jada. In Selective Outrage, he said that she had begged him not to host the Oscars in 2016 because Will Smith’s performance in Concussion hadn’t received a nomination.
Rock says that’s why he’s been using her as the punchline in his jokes. The source stressed to the publication, however, that his fixation with Jada predated the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Jada has only participated in this by getting heckled. Chris has been smitten with her for about 30 years, according to the source.
This assertion is strengthened by Rock’s choice to shoot the Netflix special in Baltimore. “See where he filmed his Netflix special. Baltimore is where she was born. Obsessed. Chris took it to this when she questioned why there are so few Black members at the Academy Awards back in 2016 and helped spark a movement.
In addition, the insider said that Smith never requested that Rock skip the 2016 Oscars. She never requested Chris to ever not host the Academy Awards. At the time, she said in a Facebook post that Chris is ideal for the position and would make a fantastic Oscars host.
Despite the crudeness of his remarks about Smith, she still places a high importance on her accomplishment. According to the source, Jada is now concentrating on her book, which will be published this year. Rock, meantime, will keep doing whatever to get attention.