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Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister is speaking out about a joke Chris Rock recently made about her sister’s murder.
During Rock’s Sunday night show at the Arizona Financial Theatre in downtown Phoenix, the comedian reportedly said he declined an offer to host the 2023 Academy Awards and compared accepting the hosting gig to returning to the scene of a crime, referencing the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. According to a report from the Arizona Republic, Rock said returning to the Oscars would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant” where she left her eyeglasses before being killed.
In a social media post, Simpson’s sister Tanya Brown described the joke as “distasteful.”
“Nothing Is more lovely then to wake up on a Tuesday morning (Not) with TMZ calling you saying Chris Rock made a horrible ‘joke’ about Nicole,” she wrote in an Instagram post alongside a photo of Rock from the Oscars.
Brown went on to call out Rock for his “G.I. Jane” joke directed toward Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars — the actress suffers from alopecia. The comment resulted in Will Smith slapping Rock onstage.
“Nothing funny about his joke towards Jada as she suffers from a physical condition and nothing funny about equating an Oscar host invitation to a double homicide. I always thought he was funny, but he crossed the line with this one,” she said.
She continued, “In other words, Y’all!!!! Stop using my sister, OJ and Ron part of your cricking comedy act. There are families behind this tragedy!”
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