The comedian participated in a Q&A with David Carr to promote his new film Top Five, and the conversation turned into a discussion about the Sony Pictures hack. Rock admitted that he is particularly nervous about his career because it’s his job to say “offensive things.”
“Read my e-mails,” Rock said. “I say offensive things for a living.”
Scott Rudin, one of the many victims of the email hack, produced the comedy Top Five.
“This whole thing is just scary,” he continued in the Q&A. “It’s e-mails, it’s your private stuff. And the whole town is scared…nobody knows what to do.”
But because the Down to Earth star is a comedian, he was able to make light of the serious situation and even mentioned the Donald Sterling scandal as a comparison of what happens when people say offensive things. Although he doesn’t defend the former Clippers owner, he does stick up for freedom of speech.
“You say the wrong thing—you see what happened to [Sterling],” Rock said. “I’m not defending what Sterling said at all, but if that’s not the First Amendment then what the f–k is? And what did he say, ‘I don’t want my girlfriend hanging out with black basketball players?’ Me neither!”
Rock has been making the media rounds lately to talk about his new movie and has mentioned other controversies that have been rocking America. He appeared on The Late Show and discussed the recent riots that broke out after a jury decided not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Of course, he was able to make light of those circumstances, too.
“I saw Sting backstage, threw up my hands scared of The Police,” he joked. Barely able to contain his laughter, David Letterman asked him to say it again.
“Oh no! It’s The Police!” Rock repeated.
He proceeded to get into the specifics of the Garner case, even bringing up the WWE’s rules against chokeholds (Garner died while in a chokehold).
“So the WWE has better standards than the NYPD,” Rock said. “You can’t just choke The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin. You can’t do that, Dave.”