He has been silent for a long time, now he shares: In the Netflix live show "Selective Outrage", Chris Rock not only settled accounts with actor Will Smith, who slapped him in front of an audience of millions at the Oscar film awards.
No, the US comedian also took on the Duchess of Sussex and her accusations of racism against the British royals in the well-regarded special. "Very funny", that was very funny, not only judged the "New York Times" in its criticism, the jokes also quickly made the rounds on social media.
"Who is this Meghan Markle?" the entertainer asked rhetorically at the beginning of his stand-up show, only to immediately answer the question himself: "She seems like a nice woman who just complains". The 41-year-old actress won the "lottery for light-skinned people", said Rock sarcastically about the former "Suits" star, who married British Prince Harry in 2018.
Both - now officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - renounced the royal family and all active duties a few years after the multi-million dollar lavish wedding, since then they have lived first in Canada and now in the USA. The Sussexes also caused a worldwide sensation in 2021 with an appearance on US talker Oprah Winfrey, which dealt with bullying, discrimination and allegedly malicious British press reporting.
At the time, however, most of the headlines were made by the accusation that there had been a racist incident in the palace when dealing with the couple. A family member speculated about the skin color of the couple's unborn first son, the Sussexes said at the time. "They (the royals, ed.) are so racist that they even want to know how brown the baby is going to be," Rock reminded the audience of the scene and then added, to laughter from the audience, "I say : 'That's not racist, because black people also want to know how brown the baby will be'.
In any case, he could not really understand the late shock of the actress about her relatives by marriage, the 58-year-old continued to blaspheme. "Didn't you... google that ass?" he asked rhetorically towards the Duchess. And further: If so, then Meghan would certainly have noticed that her new family was "the Sugarhill Gang of racism". “They (the Royals, d. Red) invented colonialism. They invested in slavery like in 'The Lion's Den'” (in the original Rock speaks of “Shark Tank”, a well-known US TV series comparable to “Lions”), he continued.
He, Rock, sees the dilemma in which the black American found herself in Great Britain. "Black girl trying to be accepted by her white in-laws," he continued, adding, "Oh, that's hard. It's hard, it's very hard — but it's not as hard as a white girl trying to be accepted by her black in-laws. Well, that's really hard," he joked again a little later.
"If you're black and you want to be accepted by your white parents-in-law, then you have to marry a Kardashian," he said, referring to the well-known US reality TV star family. “Because they accept everyone. Kris Jenner (Kima Kardashian's mom) is like the Statue of Liberty!"
Numerous British and US media such as “People” magazine reported on the performance. Some have also tried to solicit comment from the couple, who currently reside in Montecito, California, but so far have been unsuccessful. It's the second time in a short period of time that the Sussexes have been mocked in a well-known US format. The cartoon series "South Park" had previously caricatured the couple and their "desire for a private life", which is nevertheless interrupted by constant media appearances.