Chris Rock Makes Controversial Jokes About Boston Bombings And 9/11 On Saturday Night Live Return (WATCH)
Chris Rock and Prince’s stint on Saturday Night Live had been talked up all week, and luckily both of them delivered a show to remember. Prince managed to make history by becoming the only artist to perform an uninterrupted eight-minute long musical session, as opposed to the traditional structure of two songs. During the medley, the star sang four new songs with his band, 3rdEyeGirl, and often shared the mic with his bandmates for some stand out solo performances.
But whilst Prince may have made musical history, Chris was determined not to be outshone, and launched into a controversial tirade of jokes for his opening monologue, touching on ISIS, the Boston Marathon bombing and the 9/11 attacks.
Talking about the New York marathon, which took place on Sunday, he quipped, “Yesterday was Halloween, tomorrow’s the New York City Marathon… yeah, scary – what could go wrong there, right? It’ll be all right – New York’s gonna be fine, just like Boston’s fine after the marathon.”
The joke was in reference to the Boston bombings which took place last year, and whilst some considered it too soon to make light of the attack, Chris continued with his monologue, saying, “People jogging for 26 miles, your knees are hurting, your knees are killing you, if you’re a woman there’s blood coming out of your titties.
“You’ve been training for a year, you finally get to the finish line and somebody screams ‘Run!’ Whoa, that is horrible, man.” And as if he were predicting another attack, he continued, “’But hey, the good people of Boston will bounce back. And New York will bounce back.”
The star went on to discuss another terrorist attack that shocked the nation, 9/11, when he referred to the newly-finished Freedom Tower, which stands next to the former location of the Twin Towers.
“They should change the name from the Freedom Tower to the Never Going in There Tower, ’cause I’m never going in there,” he joked. “Who’s the corporate sponsor, Target? They put another skyscraper in the same spot? I am never going in the Freedom Tower. I got robbed on 48th and 8th a few years ago, I have not been back to 48th and 8th.”
During his monologue the comedian started to trend on Twitter, and whilst some applauded the star for touching on taboo subjects, others berated him for his apparent insensitivity.