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Ticket sales for comedian Chris Rock’s tour have exploded after he was on the receiving end of a slap from Will Smith during the Oscars.
Smith struck Rock after he made a “G. I. Jane” joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
The Men in Black star followed up the smack with a stern warning to keep Pinkett Smith’s name “out of [his] “f***ing mouth.”
After the row, ticket marketplace TickPick tweeted: “We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined.”
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According to Newsweek, prices for the comedian’s tour also spiked after his run-in with Smith.
Tickets for a table at a show this Friday in Boston was priced at $338 before 11am yesterday, and jumped to $450 by noon. Tickets sold out by 1pm.
Rock posted about his “Ego Death” world tour four weeks ago, promising “very personal and very funny” new material.
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Aside from apparently inspiring a boost in ticket sales, the Oscars moment has prompted opinion pieces, social media arguments, and of course - its fair share of memes.
MPs have even weighed in on the matter, with the education secretary being asked about it twice yesterday morning.
In the meantime, Smith issued a lengthy apology in which he said "there is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness".
He wrote: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be."
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