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Chris Rock hits back after last year’s Oscars slap



Chris Rock has taken to the stage for the first time since last year’s Oscars slap

Chris Rock has spoken about last year’s Oscars ceremony, where he was slapped across the face by Will Smith.

“Everybody knows, yes it happened, I got slapped a year ago. I got smacked by this motherf****r,” he said.

“And people are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts.”


Rock was slapped after making remarks about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at the awards ceremony.

The 58-year-old comedian shared the story as part of his Netflix stand-up show Selective Outrage.

The special was streamed live from Baltimore on Saturday night.

“Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie. Do you think I auditioned for that part? He played Muhammad Ali, I played Pookie in New Jack City,” he said.

Rock explained he did not retaliate on the night because of the way he was raised by his parents.

“A lot of people say, ‘Chris, how come you didn’t do nothing back?’” Rock said during the special. “‘Cause I got parents. Because I was raised, OK? You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”


Rock also spoke about Meghan Markle, racism and abortion during his show.

“She’s complaining—I’m like, ‘What the f**k is she talking about? They’re so racist, they wanted to know how brown the baby was going to be?’” he said.

“That’s not racist. Cause even black people want to know how brown the baby gonna be. Sh*t. We check behind them ears.”

It is the first time the comedian has spoken about the incident at length. Smith, however, has spoken about the incident several times, and offered an apology for his behaviour.

Rock did not press charges after the incident. Meanwhile, the Academy banned Smith from attending the awards for 10 years.

The stand up special was held days before this year’s Academy Awards get underway in Los Angeles.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy



Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.


While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.

Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.

They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.

On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.

In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.


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