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The Oscars isn't the first time Chris Rock has made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
In unearthed footage, the comedian can be seen mocking Pinkett Smith's activism back in 1997. This of course has emerged amid the ongoing controversy of what we shall refer to as the slap that is Will Smith going on stage and smacking Rock.
"Million Women March was on last week in Philadelphia. I talked to Ice Cube, he called it 'B****es by the Bell,'" Rock can be heard saying in the clip. He then adds: "I didn't say it! Ice Cube said it. And Too Short said it too!"
The Million Woman March was a protest organized in October 1997 in Philadelphia where organizers advocated and showed their support for African American women. A major theme of the march was also family unity and what it means to be an African American woman in America.
In the clip, Rock made a joke about the reason the event took so long to organize, which he said was because the women didn't want to wear the same outfits. Jada, who was a speaker at the event, was then directly called out by Rock.
"You know, at the Million Women March, there were moving speeches from people like Maxine Waters, Winnie Mandela, and here are some inspirational words from the lovely Jada Pinkett."
Rock then cut to a clip of a young Jada speaking at the march: "I am here today because this is an act of power, women. Okay?"
The edited footage then cuts to her shouting the lyrics to "The Roof Is on Fire" instead of her actual speech.
YOOOO...\nThis is 1997. Chris Rock is clowning the Million Woman March (or as it calls it, Bitches by the Bell), but Jada's SPECIFICALLY, and look at this shit.\n\nI might actually revise my slap judgement. The "keep my wife's name out your fucking mouth" now has my full support.https://twitter.com/naima/status/1509581662220341264\u00a0\u2026