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Chris Rock rips Trump, police violence, and (mostly) himself in emotional Netflix special  1 Month ago

Source:   USA Today  

Chris Rock is back, and ready to face the world as a new man. 

“You would think the cops would occasionally shoot a white kid, just to make it look good," he says in his opening joke. "You would think that every couple of months, they would look at their dead (N-word) calendar and go, ‘Oh my god, we’re up to 16! We gotta shoot a white kid, quick!’ ‘Which one?’ ‘The first one you see singing Cardi B.’ ”

He then moves on to a bit about why America needs bullies, blaming a friendlier culture for the rise of Donald Trump. 

"That’s how Trump became president. That’s exactly what happened. We got rid of bullies, a real bully showed up, and nobody knew how to handle him.”

The 64-minute special really picks up, however, when Rock starts candidly discussing his divorce. The comedian, 53, is raw and emotional as he recounts his infidelity and addiction to porn, admitting flat out he was "not a good husband." The jokes don't come quite as fast, but his admissions are relentless and enthralling, his guilt and regret evident in every line. 

“When guys cheat, it’s like we want something new. And then you know what happens? Your woman finds out, and now she’s new — she is never the same again.” 

The special's misspelled title comes from advice Rock doles out after his tough divorce. Relationships are like a band, he says, and "sometimes you sing lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine." 

Rock was not good at playing tambourine.

“I didn’t listen. I wasn’t kind. I had an attitude; I thought, ‘I pay for everything, I can do what I want.’  I didn’t play the tambourine.”

Rock still finds room for the funny during his self-flagellation. Opening up about the dark parts of his life, and admitting that some people might hate him, allows him to ease into jokes about his new reality: being a black man in family court fighting for custody of his kids, or going on the Tinder dating app with his own name and photo. 


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