Before presenter Chris Rock walked out onstage at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, producers warned the comedian not to crack any jokes about actor Jussie Smollett. So he did.

Moments after taking the stage, Rock launched a scathing rebuke of the Empire star, who skipped this year's awards show and dinner.

"They said no Jussie jokes. I know," said Rock, smiling coyly. "What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair. My career would be out of here. F---ing running Hollywood," he said, as the audience howled with laughter.

"What the hell was he thinking?" Rock added. "From now on, I ain't never gonna - you're Jessie from now on. You don't get the "u" no more. That "u" was respect. You don't get no respect from me."

Smollett, 36, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Jamal Lyon on Fox TV's soap opera Empire.

He lost the award to actor Jesse Williams of Grey's Anatomy.

Click here to see the complete list of winners.

Smollett told police he was attacked by two Trump supporters wearing red hats in a racist and anti-homosexual hate crime outside his Chicago condo on Jan. 29.

He was arrested on Feb. 20 and charged with lying to police. A grand jury later charged him with 16 counts of felony disorderly disorder. 1 count for each lie he told police.

But in a bizarre turn of events, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all 16 charges and asked a judge to seal his records.

She later admitted she never actually recused herself from his case. She claimed she only said she did it symbolically.

NAACP Awards host Anthony Anderson caught heat on for saying he hoped Smollett would win an award.

"I think it would be a good thing for him, I think it's a good thing for their show, and why not come be celebrated with his peers and his community," said Anderson in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

LGBT groups and civil rights groups washed their hands of Smollett for using hate crime laws to perpetrate a hoax for his own selfish benefit.

"Smollett is charged with perpetrating a hate crime hoax that wasted valuable police resources and stoked racial tensions nationwide," said Project 21 Chairman Bishop Council Nedd II.

Nedd called on the NAACP to rescind Smollett's nomination prior to the awards broadcast.

"It hurts our nation's ability to heal its racial wounds and made the NAACP's civil rights goals harder to achieve. The NAACP needs to make it clear that his behavior is not OK by removing him from contention for an Image Award."

The few Smollett fans who still believe in his innocence vented their anger at Chris Rock on But the majority of Twitter users were supportive of Rock.


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  • Li-Wright

    Jussie news needs to stop, but Jussie also needs to repay the city $130K, say I'm sorry and go on with his life.

  • Tiffany Miller


  • Wreckognize Game

    Chris Rock is NOT cancelled with me.

  • MrsToddSmith1

    Go Chris!!!!

  • Lady_Elle

    Chris said... what others thought!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Ok, but did y’all catch Omari Harwick’s horny ass?

  • KLove

    They shouldve known Chris was going to do the direct opposite of what they told him.....nobody is safe LOL

  • Wyteprivilege

    Loved Cris riiiiiiight until I saw him laugh with a bunch of white comics saying "ni$$er" this and "ni$$er" that. And witnessed Jerry Sienfield be more offended than him!

  • We Can Do This

    The irony is he thought being light skinned would've helped him get away with it.

  • KcoolMuziq

    In my attendance at this VERY classy gala event Saturday. The audience was both laughing & in shock at Chris's comments. I do believe the type of person & comedian that Chris Rock is. It's laughable to me that they wouldn't have known that Chris WAS NOT going to make a comment about it.

    Anywho I had a COMPLETE ball....

  • DT

    Dang I couldn’t be ur plus one ?? Lol. How does one get tickets to such events?

  • LeeSeeCee

    Chris Rock did his job as a comedian. As I said before, JS was NOT exonerated. They just declined to pursue charges and kept his bail. This was not a WIN just a duck and miss from the city. He STILL has to wait for the outcome of the FBI investigation over the letter. His career is still DONE.

  • Coy little wink

    I think he was justifiably overwhelmed by Bey ?? I probably would kiss her twice too

  • Kimocha

    I thought his jokes were pretty funny, Lol....

  • Coy little wink

    Hilarious!!! Chris always delivers

  • Trey

    Jussie is a clown

  • RespectSelf

    lol his jokes were pretty funny though.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I feel Omari was just honoring black women period that special night. From what I saw Beyonce wasn't the only woman he showed attention to that night.

  • SpiceGirl

    Lmbo...Mad I missed SNL...they let Jussie have it!

  • bemetoo

    How many times do you say ni$$er this ni$$er that?

  • MJF

    On a lighter note, Chris Rock made me cackle with these Jussie/Jessie jokes lol

  • T Willis

    Chris is a hot mess ?...
    Jussie was exonerated and the charges were dropped. Why don’t folks grasp this? Lol. It’s like the black community is being ran by a bunch of emotional illogical bishes. We have more than enough to worry about. Yt folks get off on stoopid sh*t everyday & their communities don’t rescind offers or turn that sh*t into a national spectacle. Let it go... smdh

  • Fire & Ice

    " A waste of light skin and curly hair" pretty much LMAO

  • Ghost

    Chris Rock is a COMEDIAN! He did what comedians do with NO apologies! Jussie doesn’t get a pass....??

  • Coy little wink

    I had no issues with him...he can kiss me twice ANYDAY

    Now lets talk about my invite you forgot ?

  • BorisBlack1

    More like gay & jew

  • Ghost

    Yes they did! It was hilarious! Jussie brought this on himself...??

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I definitely would have kissed her twice!!

  • Ghost


  • iWasteTime

    Yooooo, When Chris Rock said.
    "do you know what I can do with that light skin and curly hair"
    I hit the floor! I hollared!
    "He's Jessie now, the U was for respect, you Jessie now"

  • Elevated Soul

    I wonder if the complexion jokes would have been said,if Jussie was a dark skin man? Why do darker skin Blacks get a pass with making complexion jokes but those same people would be hella upset if someone deemed their darker skin as a "waste of skin"... ???

    Jussie skin tone don't have a thing to do with his actions but clearly Chris Rock is color struck. I don't care for Jussie but his skin tone don't have a d@mn thing to do with his actions. It's about his character.

  • the guest

    How dare Chris Rock assault mixed race people in such a polarizing manner! With all the racist polarizing and conflict in the diaspora of black communities, his joke was unnecessary and dangerous!

  • Rayscoty

    I cant believe Sandra ain't say " The openly homosexual Empire star"

    I love when she add this description. LMAO

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    CHRRRIISSSSSSS!!! LMFAOOOOO!!! He's a whole hilarious fool and I'm here for it!!!

  • Hazel

    You are sooooo uninformed on the facts. Even Kim Fox has said that there WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HIM.

  • Victorious82

    Has it been noted that Kim Fox looks like antoine Dobson? Mr Hide Ya Wife, Hide ya Kids?

  • SouthsideServesHerWell

    Right on!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Sandra be knowing when she uses this pic of Jussie. it conveys so much, LOL!

  • Elevated Soul

    The only people that thought that are dark skin Black people who hate light skin people.

  • Faithz

    Right on Chris...

  • Hazel

    I'm guessing the answer to that question can't be explained on a PG site LOL.

  • Soda

    Complexion jokes would have been made even if it was Wesley Snipes. Rock is a comedian.

  • Roderick2011

    I never thought that Chris Rock was funny.

  • Christopher Gibson

    I completely agree with your comments. What does his skin tone have to do with anything?? The way we as a race continue this light skinned/dark skinned comparison is absolutely ridiculous. As if we don't catch enough from other races.

  • Roderick2011

    It's too early for that foolishness.


    F*ck jessie. He's not special

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly it was unnecessary!

    Hate against light skin Blacks seem to be totally accepted.It mainly comes from a place of self hate though.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    They are having dueling rally’s here for and against Kim Foxx O.O

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  • Sam

    He was NOT exonerated. The charges were dropped which is a very different thing. Dropping charges does not mean the person is innocent of the crime charged. It only means the prosecutors had doubts about their ability to convict and chose not to pursue the case. Jussie and his crew can paint the outcome however they want in the media, but that man was not exonerated.

  • Coy little wink

    Downvote. Not at all to me. Are u ok?

  • Christopher Gibson

    I have a friend- well ex friend who used to say to me all the time "You're light-skinned so you get everything"...I'm like dude what in the h*ll are you talking about?!? If I don't take my azz to work everyday, I wouldn't have sh*t!

  • Coy little wink

    So disqus won't let us upload our own images anymore???

    How will I cope...

  • heavn_sent

    Not true...AT ALL! People have been making dark-skinned jokes for yeeeears.... Wesley Snipes, Malik Yoba (ashy lips)..Come on'.....


    Black on black racism ?????. The joke was uncalled for

  • SpiceGirl

    He sure did! lmbo

  • heavn_sent

    Oh PUH-LEASE with the faux-outrage! It was a joke..plain and simple. HE deserved that and SO MUCH MORE! Comedians deliver COMEDY. There have been years of jokes about dark-skinned actors and entertainment personalities!
    I do agree that colorism is alive and well in the black community, this however, was not that.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Chris Rock used to be really funny.
    Used to be.

  • Coy little wink

    There is this idea that the lighter your skin the easier you have it in life...especially in the justice system.

    Not saying I agree but the joke was funny to me. But I don't get offended easily...

  • Cie Be

    Yeah, but I'm sure they knew it....deep down they really wanted the elephant in the room to be address in a joking way....Chris Rock was definitely the one to do it, and get away with it....It was everything!!! LOL

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm gonna miss all the funny memes people used to upload to this site.

  • ???TheRider???

    Is it me or I just didn’t see anything wrong with what he did. It looked like he kissed her first on the cheek, then said something to her as well as he was pulling away, but his beard kind of sorta got in the way.

  • SandraRose

    My apologies. The block on photo uploads is only temporary until Disqus gets a handle on the porn spam that has infiltrated the comments.

  • Coy little wink

    OMG my whole schtick just got canceled ?

  • Yui

    Yeah, for weeks I tried uploading my gifs with fail. Ugh!

    So now they done took it away. ?

  • Coy little wink

    Thanks...I was about to have an anxiety attack ?

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Who else is supposed to talk and joke about things and people in OUR community if not OUR own comedians. Do you think white comedians aren't going to talk about Jussie? Kanye? R. Kelly? We gotta stop acting like we can't say anything about anyone black or it's this big taboo sin. If negras fck up, then they fck up and deserve their roasting. We can't laugh anymore?

  • SandraRose

    His name is "Jessie" now. ?

  • Calikush

    Thank u!!!!! It wouldn’t matter what color a person is, Chris Rock would have still roasted that a$$! Light skinned is not exempt from roasting! It is what is! Tooo many Sensitive Sally’s on this thread! Not that seeious!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Thank God .... I am so sick of seeing that porn shyt on here ... Thanks!

  • Anji

    Hollywood is and has always been colorstruck.

  • EyeEmJai

    THANK YOU! Some people agitate me not knowing the difference lol. He was NOT found innocent in the court of law, the charges were dropped.

  • tintin

    he is hilarious.

  • Topic Influencer

    No further energy for Juicy. Fukk him.

  • WinterIsComing

    I don’t remember which Rose said it, but one of you all said, the folks most familiar with Jussie already know he’s a liar and when Jussie comes around they say “Oh, here comes Lying Ass Jussie!” ???? The rose garden is hilarious!

  • DeJeri

    I personally think that he was offered a diversion, which is an agreement to dismiss the charges in exchange for paying a fine and doing community service. He forfeited his bond of 10k. Normally it requires an admission that there was probable cause for the charges, which is a partial admission of guilt.

  • Anji

    I enjoyed it also. I used to be in production and am now liking "just attending".

  • EyeEmJai

    ."It only means the prosecutors had doubts about their ability to convict and chose not to pursue the case." Facts! But that wasn't the case here lol. It was enough evidence and no doubt; Kim didn't want to move forward with it to have them convict her friend.

  • Elevated Soul

    It's not just Hollywood.........

  • EyeEmJai


  • Anji

    No it's the entire world not just one person.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly....many with that mentality act as if light skin Blacks are handed everything,so not true and certainly not by them. I will say it again"light skin hate" is totally accept in the Black race but don't let it be the other way around. I have never seen him make such a joke about dark skin Blacks because many who laugh would be in an uproar if he did the same to THEM......

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  • DeJeri

    He kept talking about he had been exonerated, while the prosecutor stated that he was offered a "deal" like everyone else with no criminal history. That was a dead give-away. That type of agreement for someone facing that many felonies is NOT normal. I just wish he would shut up and fade to black now. I never even heard of him before all this.

  • Roderick2011

    Comedy like art is a matter of opinion.

  • Dee

    Chris looks like he had a stroke ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    I seem to have the unpopular opinion that Chris Rock is funnier than Dave Chappell. To be each their own. I respect it.

  • Bonita

    I'm with you. I love Chris Rock's humor.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    This was HELLA FUNNY and ON POINT!

  • Tee Tee

    When did black folk start telling OUR comics who they can and can't joke about?
    I'm glad Chris did his thing! They'd better be glad Paul Mooney is somewhere old living his best life and doesn't get invited to speak at these type of events because he would've went for the jugular??
    This was a mild roast?????

  • EasyBreezy

    It was HILARIOUS! #IsaidWhatIsaid

  • Tee Tee

    That part?

  • EasyBreezy

    ROTFL! If I close one eye, lean left, and open my mouth a bit, I see it!

  • Miss Thang


  • EasyBreezy

    Auntie is our Slim Shady, that's for sure!

  • EasyBreezy

    It wasn't hate; it was a compliment in the form of a joke. And, it was funny as hell!

  • DaughterOfaQueen’s just you?

  • Wreckognize Game

    I’m from New Orleans and it happens down here too. Either you are Creole, mixed with Indian etc. Dating in my teens was an eye opening experience. I’m caramel but was not light enough for some of the light skinned boy’s Mamas. ?????

  • smartchickfl

    Same here...

  • EasyBreezy

    Absolutely! Always!

  • dru and neil

    Joke or not I’m glad he highlighted that privilege...

  • MrsSpice1

    Thats why blacks hate on each other more then any other race!! Had jussie been 90% white they wouldn’t of allowed that bs to happen at all!! White ppl ride hard for each other no matter how fkd up they are!! They will constantly protect their race and know damn well blacks arent program to do that!! Thats why its all to easy to pull stunts like that chris rock is a joke left his beautiful black wife for a mixed broad tried to get as close tl
    White or acceptable in hollywierd as he could get just like Kevin hart Smh!! Just juckkn and jivin...

  • MrsSpice1

    Yea rt meanwhile he left his black wife for a lighter broad...appearance is everything to these so called fake pro black celebrities!

  • dru and neil

    Yes it was. And quite frankly I have to wonder if so many folks would have defended Jussie, if he looked like Chris Rock instead. I mean folks immediately rushed to his side when this first started no questions asked, then later just fell silent, without retracting their statements. Tamela Harris literally played dumb in an interview when asked about her previous defense of Smollet.

  • Meme

    Oh stop it you're reading way too deep into it. God made all the beautiful colours of the world so that they may be seen and appreciated, wouldnt it be boring if we where all the same complexion/height/size blahdee blah, issa joke hun Don t take it personal

  • dru and neil

    I remember that comment too.

  • Tee Tee


  • T Willis

    Hun, he was exonerated AND the case was dropped. The semantics are irrelevant - much like your anger ??

  • dru and neil

    I didn’t even know he had gotten a divorce.

  • SandraRose

    We disowned Jessie. He's not a part of our tribe any longer. ?

  • Gloria

    Chris Rock is funny and he told no lies about Jussie

  • MzTee

    I'm in 1000% agreement with you. I agree with a lot of what Faizon Love said about Dave Chappelle.

  • Connie

    Hi sandra. Pardon my technological ignorance, but does this relate to both gravi and memes?

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    He talking about getting s3x. People over 30 years know what he's talking about.


    Wow its sad that it took for Chris rock to cancel him??? The NAACP and Hollywood sure do have close ties... smh

  • Vonn

    FUGG jussie. Comedians don't need permission to tell jokes.

  • imright

    fck Chris Rock he let his white buddies call black ppl the N word and he LAUGHED !!!

  • Anji

    No. But the Hollywood/Beverly Hills branch of the NAACP has close ties and was created to address inequities in our industry. I've been a member since forever. Many celebrities of many races participate and/or donate. My focus was the ACT-SO program for Black youth but I've produced these awards in the past.

  • Panther Charleston

    Hilarious. Rock on, Chris. That joke is straight out of Mooney's book too.

  • hottlanta

    U mention actso l havent heard that name in years.

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    You can use Disqus's Gravi picker in the meantime.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Chris Rock was within his right, he wasn’t upset, I seriously believe Chris DGAF!

    He was pandering to upset whites, who cheered the loudest!

    He got his white pat on the back, which was the goal!

    Jussie had it coming, part of the wrath and judgment for doing something so stupid, and the charges being dropped! He got white man’s justice!

    Chris used to be funny, now he’s like Oprah, seizing an opportunity to endear themselves to whites on an international stage!

  • GuestSTAR

    His ex wife is light skinned.

  • EasyBreezy

    Yep, so he FOR REAL knows what he speaks (jokes) about. That chicka impressed me as 'light skin' extra, for real!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Wowww...that makes no sense. Why do that? Where is your heart?

    Ladies, please don't procreate with thugs. He's not that fione.

  • Sassie

    I like Chris. He just said what we all were thinking anyway. Jussie was bogus for he don't get no damn sympathy from me.

  • Sassie

    U read WAY too much into Chris' lil' roast. He was just being Chris.

  • Sassie

    He still is.

  • 1BlueStar

    I'on care what yall sayn, it was funny to me. JEssie should be shame of himself and no, an NAACP event is the last place JEssie's immoral, lying, light-skinned for no reason ass need to be.

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  • Sassie

    Both are funny but in different ways. I like em both....

  • Rhyme and Reason


  • Taj

    Have you ever heard any comedy show ever? A lot of black Comics talk about light skin vs dark skin. Where have you been? You must not be black

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp. Jussie should've tried this crap today and could've played it off as a prank for April's fool day.


    Yes I have. Just because some comics do still does not mean it’s right. What gave you the impression I’m not black?


    I’m 36 and very knowledgeable. Still wasn’t uncalled for ?????

  • dontgetblocked

    Chris spoke the truth. Jussie is a mess and an embarrassment. He's not man enough to take a real punishment. Chris Rock doesn't give a phuck and I applaud him for it.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    he told the truth though, you gotta look beneath chris rock and his sad ass jokes sometimes he injects the truth often and Jussie them half Jewish too...i cant with that immense failure of his.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    not no mo lmaooooooooo

  • Malificent

    I find Chris Rock to be funnier too but I didn’t find this funny.

  • Lady_Elle


  • Trace da Ace

    oh well...Jussie did this to himself...moving on-->


    Interesting are they there to address Inequities or exploit them? Black people have been doing the same things for over 20+ and what has really gotten better. I know they have sued Networks on the behalf of blacks and didnt even offer the people who participated in those programs from the lawsuit so much as a scholarship or a nickel.

  • Patricia

    ok but what do you make of whites calling each other the N word. ive heard it now twice on 2 occassions and was at a loss for words and ideas.

  • Anji

    I came up in the 60s as a child actor. We've gained leaps and bounds both on screen and behind in production. Google ACT-SO. I personally have planned, coached and toured HOCUs with over 200 youth including Anthony Anderson, Necie Nash, Roy Hargrove....Your comment reflects your lack of progress and knowledge. 20 years and look at all the directors we fund and who are active members.

  • imright

    i dont like white ppl using the N word in any capacity. even the ones with half black kids or date blacks STILL CANT SAY IT


    Lacking Progress is laughable and yes sorry I am not knowledgable about your college tours. I asked a serious question you got real defensive and made it about you. You funded directors? oookkkk. Thanks for the enlightenment. lol

  • Taj

    The reason I'm questioning your black card is because you had that snowflake response to Chris Rock's joke. If you don't find it funny fine but to suggest that Comics who talk about colorism and light skin privilege in the community are racist is just dumb


    Matter of opinion! I still fine it racist and uncalled for


    The craziest part about Chris Rock joke is dark skinned men actually get shown a lot more love then lighter black skin men. Its "attractive" dark skinned women that is severely hated and discriminated against in American film and television. A lot of times its by other blacks they have created some god awful stereotypes about black women.

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