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Chris Rock is receiving backlash for a joke about Nicole Brown Simpson’s tragic murder.

Rock had made the joke during a stand-up show in Phoneix after he revealed that he had been asked to host the 2023 Oscars despite the events at the 2022 Oscars. Rock joked that he had no plans to return to the Academy Awards, likening it to asking Simpson “to go back to the restaurant” where she left her eyeglasses before she was killed, according to the Arizona Republic. In 1994, Nicole Simpson was stabbed to death and her ex-husband O.J. Simpson was tried for her murder In one of the most highly-publicized cases in history.

However, the joke didn’t sit right on social media as many users have taken to the platform to express their disappointment at Rock and his seemingly thoughtless jokes. Recall that Will Smith had slapped Chris Rock for making a G.I Jane Joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s Alopecia. Photojournalist Gregory Anderson said, “Comparing what happened to him to what happened to Nicole Brown Simpson is truly tasteless and not at all funny.”

Many Twitter users also claimed that Rock did not receive this much backlash for the G.I Jane Joke because Jada is black but Nicole was white and the outrage was loud.

Rock and his team is however yet to comment on these criticism.

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