chris rock getty Chris Rock's 'White People's Day' 4th of July tweet sparks backlash and supportChris Rock has ignited a Twitter controversy with his 4th of July tweet: “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”

Not only was the backlash on Twitter swift against Rock, but actor Don Cheadle retweeted the joke and then spent several hours responding to the backlash on his own Twitter account:

  • “It. Was. A. Joke. Not a statement. Sheesh. Calm down…”
  • “I didn’t bring it up. I retweeted an obvious and absurd joke from a comedian. You all doth protest too much, methinks.”
  • “I think the best way to skewer racism and racist is with racial humor sometimes. Don Rickles Louis, C.K., Richard Pryor, Freddie Prince Chris Rock, Eddie Izzard and a thousand more comics working today understand the same.”

Meanwhile, blogger Jeff Schreiber responded to Rock with, “Slavery existed for 2000yrs before America. We eradicated it in 100yrs. We now have a black POTUS.”

Sports blogger David Burge tweeted, “@chrisrock Good one! I bet your Guatemalan house staff got a good chuckle.”

And Elon James White of This Week in Blackness said in a statement to the Huffington Post:

I find this Chris Rock backlash absolutely ridiculous. Really? Someone
tells the truth and you mad? I’m American. I never claim otherwise. I
never give the “We didn’t land on Plymouth rock” speech unless its in a
really funny way. But part of being American, to me, is that I have to
acknowledge all the bullshit that comes with it. Basically some folks
came over, stole other people’s land, killed them, then started a
country on the backs of my people, while killing them, and then at some
point they freed the slaves but then oppressed them and killed them some
more. Do I have the ability to do things here that I wouldn’t in some
parts of the world? Yes. But my family paid the price for that in actual
blood, sweat and tears. If more people were like Rock and acknowledged
the truth maybe we’d be in a better place as a Nation.

What do you think, Pop2it readers?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."