Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks—
Chris Rock (@chrisrock) July 04, 2012
No one has ever accused Chris Rock of being subtle. But after starring in a series of animated movies and on Broadway in an acclaimed play, some thought he might have softened, or at least calmed down. Not the case. On July 4th, he tweeted “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.” While the joke wouldn’t be out of his place on one of his old stand-up specials, it seemed uniquely cringe-worthy on the most patriotic day of the year. Many called him out, but others, including actors Don Cheadle and Zach Braff, took to Twitter in defense of the comic. And Rock? He seemed to ignore the controversy and continued to tweet promotions of his upcoming projects. All in a day’s work.