Internet Praises Chris Rock After He Described How He Dealt With A Bully

A video of Chris Rock describing how he dealt with a bully has sparked praise online amid the fallout from the infamous slap he received from Will Smith at the Academy Awards.

Rock has not said much about the incident in which he was hit and verbally abused by Will Smith for his comment about the buzzcut of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has spoken publicly about her alopecia.

However, on Wednesday, Rock was given standing ovations at Boston's Wilbur Theater where he appeared as part of his his "Ego Death Tour." Rock said he was "still kind of processing what happened" and that "at some point" he would talk about it.

He also got sympathy online in a Reddit thread in the MadeMeSmile community titled "Chris Rock being the better man."

The thread contains an undated TikTok video of the comedian and actor outlining an encounter with "one of my bullies" who had been working security on a movie set.

In the clip he described how the person, known as "B" was "kind of ashamed" when they saw each other. Rock said he gave him a "quick look" as if to say, "I hope you are doing well."

Rock said that despite his his status on set, he did not ask for him to be fired and noted that "his sin has punished him." He said it must have been difficult for the bully to "go through that whole day and watch me...be me in all my glory."

Reddit users praised Rock's response to his former adversary in the thread. One wrote: "The impulsive and hateful seek revenge. The kind and naïve accept apologies. The intelligent and successful move on."

Another wrote, "The best revenge is to live well", while others referred directly to the Oscars' incident. "He took a straight slap, stood like a man, and recovered like a pro. I am in awe of how well he handled himself and still does," wrote one user. Another said, "With that one slap a legend became a chump and a comedian became a legend."

Smith has apologized for the incident which he described as "unacceptable and inexcusable."

He has also resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, two days after the Academy initiated disciplinary proceedings against him for violations of the group's code of conduct.

While no longer a voting member of the Academy, Smith can still get invited to Academy Awards ceremonies and be nominated for future awards.

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Actor Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. He has said he is still "processing" the incident in which he was slapped on stage by Will Smith. ROBYN BECK/Getty Images