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Chris Rock Cracks Jussie Smollett Joke at NAACP Awards

“What a waste of White skin. You know what I could do with that light skin?” The comedian joked.

Chris Rock Crack Jussie Smollett Joke at NAACP Awards
Chris Rock attends Tribeca Talks Directors Series - J.J. Abrams With Chris Rock - during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater | Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

Chris Rock ignored joke restrictions and mocked Jussie Smollett before presenting an award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“They said no Jussie Smollett jokes, I know,” the comedian said before referencing colorism within the acting industry. “What a waste of White skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here. F**king running Hollywood,” he joked.

“What the hell was he thinking?” Rock asked. “From now on, you’re Jessie. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect. You don’t get no respect from me.”

In late January, the Empire actor claimed two masked men wearing MAGA hats attacked him in Chicago. He also alleged the attackers yelled homophobic and racist slurs during the incident.

A month into the investigation, the Chicago Police Department accused Smollett of staging the attack and disclosed that two suspects in the case were brothers from Nigerian, one of which was an extra on Season Two of the Fox series.

The actor/singer was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct on March 9 and faced up to 64 years in prison.

Nearly two weeks later, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all the charges against Smollette. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the shocking dismissal “a whitewash of justice.”

Though he was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, Smollett did not attend the NAACP Image Awards ceremony. Despite the speculation and uncertainty around the news, other Hollywood stars and attendees still showed support for the actor/singer, including Yara Shahidi. When the black-ish cast took the stage to accept the award for outstanding comedy series, Shahidi said, “I stand with Jussie,” in response to Rock’s joke.

Hear the wisecrack below.

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