Sales for Chris Rock’s stand-up tour soared after Will Smith slapped the comedian at the Oscars on Sunday night, according to a retailer.
The dramatic onstage incident saw Smith storm into Rock and slap him across the face, much to the shock of everyone in the venue. It came after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which is the result of alopecia.
After returning to his seat, Smith yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
Since then, the unexpected moment has caused a lot of debate online, with many criticizing Rock’s cheap shots against Pinkett Smith, and others saying that Smith should never have done the physical stuff.
But a ticketing website has revealed that it has sold more tickets for Rock’s upcoming tour in the wake of the dispute than in the last month.
Rock’s tour was announced last month, with the promise of ‘very fun’ new material as it kicks off with a 38-date North American leg, beginning in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in April.
The star wrote on Instagram: “Ego Death World Tour 2022 all new material very personal introspective and very funny. I can’t wait to show it to you. The link for the tickets is in my bio.
According to ticketing site TickPick, sales are going very well, with the company tweeting on Monday: “We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than in the last month combined.”
One person commented, “July 21-25 in New York City with Kevin Hart looks really intriguing.”
Another joked: “He’s got new material.”
After Smith slapped Rock, the Academy shared a statement online to say that it did not condone violence.
He wrote on Twitter: “The Academy does not condone violence in any form.
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