The presenters at the 2019 NAACP Awards were told no Jussie Smollett jokes.
Actor Smollett was charged with 16 counts related to his report of an attack earlier this month. Smollett blamed white Trump supporters for attacking him on a Chicago street at 2 AM in 2 degree weather when in fact he paid two Nigerian brothers to fake the attack. Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx then shocked the country earlier this week when she dropped all charges and sealed the case.
Chris Rock was told not to crack any Smollett jokes. But he didn’t listen.
Comedian Rock told the audience, “”I have to present an award. They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. Yeah, I know, I know. What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here. I would be f**kin’ running Hollywood.”
Then he added, “What the hell was he thinking?From now on, I ain’t never gonna, Juss… you a Jessie from now on. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ is respect; you ain’t getting no respect from me.”
At least there one brave presenter tonight.