Chris Rock has been criticized by some of his followers for tweeting an essay from the online conservative magazine The Federalist on Wednesday.
The essay, titled “Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’ Is A Welcome Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy,” argues that Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix talk show transcends the work of other popular comedians by avoiding the “Daily Show” style of politically-tinged commentary.
“Tragedy-laced pleas for social action may be having their moment in comedy, but Jerry Seinfeld and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” are, mercifully, not part of it,” the piece reads.
Rock shared the post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, adding “Thank God for Jerry.”
His replies were quickly inundated by people either praising him for sharing the review or criticizing him for linking to The Federalist, a site founded and published by the outspoken conservative commentator Ben Domenech.
“The Federalist? Really?” one user wrote. “Chris, don’t tweet out articles from this garbage blog,” wrote another.
“Wow, humorless, woke leftists are really pissed off that Chris Rock tweeted an article from @FDRLST,” noted a user coming to the article’s defense.
Some compared the criticism that Rock received to the backlash faced by Mark Duplass when he encouraged his Twitter followers to follow right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro last month.
Duplass’s tweet was swiftly renounced by those who remembered Shapiro’s long history of making inflammatory statements, including saying transgender people suffer from “mental illness” and suggesting that Trayvon Martin deserved to be shot.
See some of the responses to Rock’s tweet below.
The Federalist? Really? pic.twitter.com/jfH4h3Ow7P
— Chris Beasley (@logan48227) August 1, 2018
GASP! He is reading from one of the unapproved publications! SJW Twitter Mob, activate! Attack until the apology tweet!
— Fishing With Fredo (@FishingwFredo) August 1, 2018
— good tweets doer (@amcnal) August 1, 2018
Seinfeld's show is great, and needs no defense. But this article claims that the left 'took over' all the late night comedy shows, as though George Soros gathered the clans and told them to insert themselves into the media. I'm afraid not.
— Batmensch (@Batmensch) August 1, 2018
You're quoted the Federalist. Pretty sure they are pro lynching
— This too shall pass (@zotts) August 1, 2018
Dude not the best source
— jeebus (@jeebus78) August 1, 2018