Opening with the Boston Marathon bombing, Chris Rock delivered a Saturday Night Live monologue unlike the light-hearted fare offered by most SNL hosts. Some online are claiming the old standby arguments against such a bit: “It’s too soon” and “sometimes there are things you just don’t joke about.” I disagree with both of these sentiments. Rock could and should joke about whatever he wants, but it would be preferable if it were incredibly funny or insightful, which it wasn’t. Rock deserves respect for hitting the topic on Saturday Night Live, but I think the audience’s relative silence during the bit had more to do with the quality of the material, not the topic of the material.
Things picked up, though, when Rock addressed the building of The Freedom Tower, the monument and office space meant to pay tribute to the World Trade Center, which was destroyed 13 years ago in a terrorist attack.
“I am never going in the Freedom Tower. Are you kidding me? It’s the same spot. I got robbed at 48th and 8th about 20 years ago; I have not been back to 48th and 8th,” Rock says. “I am never going in the Freedom Tower. I don’t care if Scarlett Johansson is butt-naked on the 89th floor in a plate of ribs. I’m not going in there.”
Rock also addressed how materialism had ruled over holidays as well as his anti-gun stance. Check out the full monologue and tell us what you think of Chris Rock’s return to Saturday Night Live last night.