Chris Rock Tweets Article About Comedy’s ‘Insufferable Wokeness,’ Is Accused of Insufficient Wokeness

Comedian slammed for sharing an essay from The Federalist

Chris Rock
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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.