Chris Rock did not hold back in his live Netflix special Selective Outrage. The comedian’s set spanned many topics, including poking fun at the Kardashians and finally addressing the infamous Oscars slap. He even dared to roast the drama surrounding Meghan Markle and her beef with the royal family.
In the special, which aired live from Baltimore on Saturday night (March 4), Rock noted how “everybody is trying to be a victim,” before adding, “Meghan Markle, seem like a nice lady, just complaining. I was like ‘Didn’t she hit the light-skin lottery?’” per People.
He pointed out that Markle, who married Prince Harry in 2018 before the couple stepped back from their royal duties and moved to California in 2020, was “acting all dumb like she don’t know nothing” during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she revealed that an unnamed member of her husband’s family expressed “concerns” over how dark their baby’s skin might be.
But according to Rock, “That’s not racist, because even Black people want to know how brown the baby going to be.”
The comedian went on to brush off Markle’s repeated claims that she didn’t quite know what she was getting into when she became the Duchess of Sussex.
“It’s the royal family! You didn’t Google these motherfuckers? What the fuck is she talking about she didn’t know?” Rock said. “They’re the original racists. They invented colonialism. They’re the OG’s of racism. They’re the Sugar Hill Gang of racism.”
He added, “That’s like marrying into the Budweiser family and going, ‘They drink a lot.’”
After joking that the royal family “invested in slavery like it was Shark Tank,” Rock said, “Some of that shit she went through was not racism, it was just some in-law shit.”
While one Twitter user slammed Rock as “not funny” for the bit and another wrote, “It’s disgusting how society gives men a pass for degrading and attacking black women,” The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God backed the Grown Ups actor as he told his co-hosts, “Everything he said was accurate.”
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage is currently streaming on Netflix.