In his latest Netflix special, comedian Chris Rock says he wants to “live in a world where an equal amount of white kids are shot every month. I want to see white mothers on TV crying.”
[Rock] opens on the topic on which he made himself a culturally authoritative voice long ago: race. If cops wanted the public to think they’re not a threat to communities of color, he suggests, they should try shooting a white kid every so often, “just to make it look good.”
“I want to live in an equal world … I want to see white mothers on TV crying … standing next to Al Sharpton … talking about, ‘We need justice for Chad!’” He reveals he’s tried to become more religious, though he shuns organized worship. (People who attend church every week do it, he reasons, because they don’t trust God.)
And in a riff that might rub some parents and teachers the wrong way, he frowns down upon the concept of “zero tolerance” for bullies in school—“School is supposed to prepare you for life. Life has assholes. And you should learn how to deal with them as soon as possible.”
Many of Rock’s now former fans have taken to Twitter and Facebook to call him out, and express their extreme dissatisfaction with his “jokes.” Do you think they are right to turn on him, or is it just comedy?