Chris Rock Mocks Meghan Markle's Skin Color Accusation in Netflix Special
|In this combination image, Chris Rock during his Netflix live show and Meghan Markle pictured at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala, New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City.NETFLIX/ANGELA WEISS/AFPGETTY IMAGES|
BORNEOTRIBUCOM - Chris Rock roasted Meghan Markle's skin color accusation in his Netflix stand-up comedy special, where he joked: "Didn't she hit the light-skinned lottery?"
Rock is the latest comedian in a growing list of U.S. comedians to mock Prince Harry and Meghan, and his Baltimore show was broadcast live on the streaming platform on March 4.
Netflix has a multi-year deal with the couple and was the home of their docu-series Harry & Meghan, which aired in December 2022.
Chris Rock Roasts Meghan Markle's Skin Color Accusation in Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special
South Park, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Saturday Night Live have also mocked Harry and Meghan.
During Chris Rock LIVE: Selective Outrage, the comedian remarked: "Everyone is trying to be a victim. Who is this girl Meghan Markle? She seemed like a nice lady, just complaining.
"I was like, didn't she hit the light-skinned lottery? Hit the f***ing light-skinned lottery and still going off complaining. Acting all dumb like she didn't know anything. Going on Oprah like 'I didn't know, I had no idea how racist they were.'
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"It's the royal family, you didn't Google these mother f******. What the f*** is she talking about she didn't know. It's the royal family. They're the original racists. They invented colonialism. They're the OGs of racism. They're the Sugar Hill Gang of racism."
"That's like marrying into the Budweiser family and saying, 'they drink a lot'," he added.
Prince Harry denies Meghan Markle's accusation of racism over concerns about baby's skin color
Meghan's remarks in March 2021 were widely perceived as an accusation of racism, but Prince Harry later stated that "neither of us believe" it was racism.
During her conversation with Oprah, Meghan shared: "So we have in tandem the conversation of 'he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
Oprah sought clarification as to whether that meant "too brown" and whether "that would be a problem," to which Meghan replied: "If that's the assumption you're making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one."
Prince Harry denies Meghan's remarks as accusation of racism, calls it unconscious bias
Speaking to 60 Minutes, Prince Harry stated: "The way the British press reacted to that was fairly typical. There was like a hunt for the royal racist. Neither of us believe that that comment or that experience or that opinion was based in racism. Unconscious bias, yes. But I think that if you speak to the majority—maybe not all—but the majority of mixed race couples around the world, the white side of the family would wonder, whether talking openly about it or amongst themselves, what the kids are going to look like."
Rock said, "Sometimes it's just some in-law s--- because she's complaining. I'm like, 'What the f--- is she talking about?' 'Oprah, they're so racist, they wanted to know how brown the baby was going to be.' I'm like, 'That's not racist,' cause even Black people want to know how brown the baby gonna be. S---. We check behind them ears."
"I know her dilemma," he added. "Black girl trying to be accepted by her white in-laws. Oh, it's hard. It's so hard, it's very hard—but it ain't as hard as a white girl trying to be accepted by her Black in-laws. Now that s--t is really hard."
Rock's reference to "victims" came hours after Prince Harry told a Q&A to promote his book Spare that he has never asked for sympathy.
"Well, I certainly don't see myself as a victim," he said. "But no, I do not and I have never looked for sympathy in this," he added.
Similarities between Meghan and Harry's victim narrative and South Park parody
The victim narrative being perpetuated has similarities to the South Park episode that also poked fun at Prince Harry and Meghan, featuring a parody version of Harry's book titled "Waaagh."
The episode also included a brand management expert who referred to Meghan as a "sorority girl, actress, influencer, victim."
In the days following Harry's publicity push for the book, he was ridiculed on multiple comedy shows.
During The Tonight Show, Fallon joked about typing "how to return" into Google and receiving the autofill suggestion: "How to return Prince Harry to England."
In January, Jimmy Kimmel Live featured at least three parodies of the book, including a satirical reenactment of Princess Diana from beyond the grave recommending Elizabeth Arden cream for Prince Harry's frostbitten penis.
Saturday Night Live took a playful jab at the couple in December 2022, shortly before the release of their Netflix show. Guest hosts Steve Martin and Martin Short bantered about being like Harry and Meghan, with Short joking: "You know Steve, we are like Harry and Meghan. No one's rooting for us but you'll tune in to watch anyway."
Chris Rock made a joke about Meghan Markle's skin color accusation during his Netflix stand-up comedy special, where he quipped, "Didn't she hit the light-skinned lottery?" Rock's comments were made during his Baltimore show, which was broadcast live on March 4. He is the latest in a growing list of US comedians, including South Park, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Saturday Night Live, to mock Prince Harry and Meghan. Meghan's remarks in March 2021 were widely perceived as an accusation of racism, but Prince Harry later stated that "neither of us believe" it was racism.