(CNN) It’s the night Chris Rock makes streaming history.
“Chris Rock is in Samurai mode,” comedian Leslie Jones said in an introduction.
And he is.
“I’m going to try to put on a show tonight without offending anyone. I’m going to do my best because you never know who might get triggered,” Rock said as he opened his set from Baltimore. “People always say words hurt… anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”
He continued, “I have no problem with revival. I have no problem with it. I’m all for social justice. I’m all for marginalized people getting their rights. Which My problem is the selective outrage,” Rock said. “You know what I’m talking about. A person does something, it is canceled. Someone else does the exact same thing, nothing. You know what I’m talking about… the kind of people who play Michael Jackson songs but won’t play R. Kelly. Same crime, one of them just has better songs.
Rock, dressed in all white and a Prince symbol locket necklace, stood in front of a background that looked like cracked mirrors. (Suggesting, perhaps, a theme about people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.)
Rock touched on several hot topics including drug addiction, abortion, racism in America, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and the Kardashian family.
Addressing the division of the country, Rocked said “America is in a horrible state right now.”
“We’ve had it worse than Ukraine. Yeah, I said it. You know why? Because Ukraine is united and America is clearly divided,” Rock joked. “If the Russians came here right now, half the country would say, ‘Let’s listen to them. We’re in a bad place right now.”
“Chris Rock: Selective Outrage”, the first-ever global live streaming event for Netflix.
The performance marks Rock’s sixth stand-up special and his second for Netflix following 2018’s “Tamborine,” directed by Bo Burnham.
A pre-show kicked off with Ronny Chieng live from Los Angeles, where he told the crowd, “We could have pre-recorded all of this and no one would have cared, but we’re doing it for a worthy cause: to finally trying to kill off traditional television and get it out of its misery.In fact, if you listen closely, you can hear baby boomers canceling the latest cable subscription packages.
Before that, Bono of U2 sang a rock opening.
Arsenio Hall followed Chieng with a joke about how Will Smith is going to get so crazy tonight that he’s going to slam the TV off the wall.
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