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Chris Rock Loses Movie Role Over Michael Vick Comment

By October 26, 2009

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Chris Rock's comments supporting Michael Vick seem to have cost him a plum movie role. According to Badrap Blog, via Contactmusic.com, Rock made comments defending Vick on the The Jay Leno Show: "What the hell did Michael Vick do? Pitbulls ain't (sic) even real dogs! Dogs have never been good to black people!" But Rock was up for the lead role in a movie about the life of Richard Pryor, and Pryor's wife Jennifer was not amused. She wrote to Rock:

For your information, Chris, what Michael Vick did was to torture, drown, electrocute and murder dogs all for fun and for profit! He went to prison for felony animal cruelty! That's what he did! . . . These types of comments only encourage abuse and misunderstanding of this breed, as well as actual dog-fighting. Clearly this part of your latest stand-up routine would not make Richard laugh!

Instead, the role reportedly went to Marlon Wayans.

Was Rock's comment so different from others' supporting Vick? Yes. Usually, if people defend Vick, they start by admitting that Vick committed a terrible crime. The disagreement tends to center on whether Vick deserves a second chance at fame and fortune, considering that he served jail time and and says that he regrets his actions. Instead, Rock decided to excuse the crime, and as Pryor's wife points out, making light of Vick's actions make it easier for people to dismiss animal cruelty.

Oh, and for the record, Leno also seems to support Vick, and Vick is not sorry.

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October 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm
(1) Comedian Kenny Klein says:

I am trying to recall the last time I heard about Chris Rock torturing an animal, and I am having a really tough time thinking of a single instance. Chris Rock also has a joke about him driving his car with his feet and he also never did that in real life either.

My point here being; you can’t decide to dismiss the material that makes you laugh, and condemn him for the material that suits you or your particular situation. As a comedian, I would find the art hardly as interesting if people started telling me what I could, and could not joke about.

You’re all fighting for animal rights here, and I will not question or criticize that. I will however, ask you to cast some of that compassion and understanding on to your fellow man. Michael Vick did a horrible thing. So horrible that I believe most comedians have done what they have been doing since stand-up comedy came about, and that is taking the horrible, and coping with it through humor .

When all is said and done, actions are actions, and jokes, are just what they sound like, Jokes.

Kenny Klein

October 29, 2009 at 9:29 am
(2) ravi says:

side note: i believe the entire wayans family is vegan!

October 29, 2009 at 11:32 am
(3) Ronda says:

I saw Chris Rock in concert when he was debuting his material on Vick. While I agree that comedians often tread on controversial ground and make light of horrible things (Sarah Silverman is a prime example), they often do it in a satirical or ironic way. Rock sounded like he was trying to make a point. I don’t think it was comedy as much as social commentary. I think he and many other (I’m not saying all, or even most, but many) black people have a disconnect over the public’s strong reaction to Vick’s crimes.

There are differences in how various communities/cultures view animals and animal rights and I think Rock’s material on Vick is a reflection of that. Great comedy plays off of differences, but also transcends them. So to me, Rock’s material adds insult to injury because on top of the lack of compassion it shows, it’s just not great comedy.

November 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(4) Jack says:

Kenny:
just because somebody doesn’t do the things they say doesn’t mean they don’t support it. Most neo-nazis haven’t waged a genocide, doesn’t mean it’s okay for them to support it.

Chris was trying to make the point that dogs have been used in the past to harass and attack black people. Which is an incredibly bizzare thing to say, because Michael Vick’s dogs were never used for that purpose, and it wouldn’t be the dog’s fault anyway if they were.

Also, if you think Vick and Chris are the victims here, and not the tortured, electrocuted dogs that were forced to fight, i think you really need to take a good long look at your conscience

November 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(5) Scarlet says:

When I HEARD the (above) exchange between Chris and Leno, both of them just suicided in my house!!!!!

There’s NO room for such ignorance and sadism-approval in my home…

I am so incredibly PLEASED by Mrs. Pryor’s actions!!!!!

November 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(6) Debbie says:

Thank You!! Jennifer Pryor!! More people need to point out that support of such horrific acts will not be tolerated. When you have the power to influence so many, you should use that influence very wisely.

November 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(7) Tammy says:

No words can begin to discribe everything that is so tragic about Chris Rock’s comments in this video.

Chris Rock:
“….. hey, I have a dog too, I have daughters too. Guess what, you can rape my dog, just leave my daughters alone cuz I’ll kill you….”

Blacklist Project video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmOHdWzdPVM

November 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm
(8) Shaun says:

So in Jack’s mind if Chris Rock makes a joke about sympathizing with the nazi’s, that makes him a nazi?

November 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(9) Kristen says:

Thank you Jennifer Pryor!
Now someone needs to get Amazon.com to stop selling their stupid “Michael Vick School of Dogs” t-shirts.

November 7, 2009 at 9:49 am
(10) Michelle of Charm City Animal Rescue says:

Sorry Kenny, but this isn’t material to be used in a joke. Just like it’s not ok to make jokes about Christopher Reeves, it’s not okay to joke about what he did.
The reason animal rights activists can’t move on is because Vick has never apologized for his actions. He doesn’t feel bad, he just wants to make sh!t tons of money again. Also, and this may be news to Mrs. Pryor, he didn’t go to prison for dogfighting or animal cruelty, but for bank rolling a dogfighting ring. That is what most people don’t understand, and what makes it so easy for people to say “he’s done his time/paid his dues.” HE HASN’T DONE TIME FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY, DESPITE ADMITTING TO EVEN THROWING FAMILY PETS IN A FIGHT AND LAUGHING AS THEY WERE RIPPED TO SHREDS! You want to know why we’re still angry, still upset with the NFL and sponsors, still unable to let this issue go? Read this: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/11/03/petscol110309.DTL

November 7, 2009 at 11:54 am
(11) Fayclis says:

JOKING has limit’s Kenny and you need to figure that out.
I so applaund Mrs. Pryor for taking a stand against Chris Rock and I myself will NOT be watching anything with him in it again. As for Leno, I know where the OFF button is on my TV also.

Have YOU looked at the court documents and READ what Vick DID to those dogs? Is not, YOU can find them on “the smoking gun” web page. Try NOT to LAUGH to loud as there was some seriously SICK, DEMENTED, VICIOUS and BRUTAL things done.

Chris Rock went to FAR when he defended Vick and said Vicks VICTIMS weren’t even “real dogs”. Well real or not, tthey FELT THE PAIN when they were tortured and abused the way they were. Maybe YOU think that is a joke, but for the average person, it is not nor will it EVER be.

November 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(12) Patty Shenker says:

I applaud Jennifer Pryor’s decision & believe that she truly honored her late husband with this action. I do believe certain subjects just aren’t funny & should not be touched by comedians & this Vick subject is one of them. The point is Richard Pryor, great comic & willing to be controversial, would NEVER have joked about dog fighting & would NEVER have made light of such animal cruelty. Rock blew his chance for an unbelievable role for a few bad jokes! That’s show biz!

November 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm
(13) Jack the Pitbull lover says:

I’m addressing Ronda’s comment – #3 – she says, “There are differences in how various communities/cultures view animals and animal rights and I think Rocks material on Vick is a reflection of that.” Whoopi Goldberg made the same type of comment – that dog fighting is viewed differently by the black culture. Well, you know what, the same could be said of white culture and slavery back in the day. Just because a culture doesn’t think it’s wrong doesn’t mean it’s right. And trying to defend that cultural bias is moronic. If that holds true, then we shouldn’t try to stop women from being circumsized in Africa, people hunting and killing endangered animals, or men stoning women to death in the Middle East. I’m sure they will all defend their actions based on culture and tradition.

November 10, 2009 at 1:23 am
(14) Linda says:

Michelle, thanks for the link to the SFgate article. The whole world should know what a sadist Vicks is.

As the article states, jumper cables were clipped to the ears of underperforming dogs and then hooked up to a car battery, then these poor animals were thrown into a swimming pool. When investigators saw the pool, the liner had been shredded and the aluminum edge destroyed due to the desperate thrashings and frantic terror of dogs who DIED SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY in this warped, sick, twisted manner.

What does this tell you about the human being who sanctions this? Or his supporters? I am absolutely sickened beyond belief.

November 10, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(15) sheila says:

culture and tradition is NO excuse, people know when they inflict pain, they know when they take that life. I have also heard how he was just young and didn’t know, oh gimme a break!! my grand son was single digits when it happened and he was sick over it, he wanted to know how bad it was for those dogs, and he asked why someone would do that.
culture, tradition, his youth? my backside!! it was money that led him to do those dispicable acts, it is unethical, immoral, and ILLEGAL. think he may have had a clue to that one?
THANK YOU JENNIFER PRYOR, YOU ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE IN JUST ACTION!

November 12, 2009 at 4:21 am
(16) catherine turley says:

you can joke about almost anything, as long as you’re on the right side of the debate. someone asked rock about roman polanski and, using his jokey voice, he cried out, “she was 13?!” he could’ve roasted vick and things would be a.o.k.

November 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm
(17) PAUL HAMILTON says:

ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS SHOULD HAVE THEIR AT LEAST 30 YEARS IN PRISON, WITHOUT TO SEE THE SUNLIGHT!

November 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(18) Animalib says:

Mrs Pryor did the right thing and I’m sure her late husband would very please with what she did. As for Chris Rock, a very sad excuse for a human being for to be human is to be humane.

Regarding comment #3, animal cruelty cannot be justified for any reason what so ever, whether it be culture, tradition, religion, entertainment or what ever label is put on it.

November 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm
(19) KRISTEN says:

HOW ABOUT NO ONE WATCHES THE 8 PART SERIES THEY ARE MAKING W/ VICK???? HOW FAIR IS THAT??? DON’T WATCH, AND IF ANYONE DOES, PLEASE LIST ALL ADVERTISERS SO WE CAN BAN THEM OR SHALL I SAY I SAY ADD TO THE LIST.

November 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(20) mike says:

chris rock as for as a comedian goes he dose not exist,i find more entertainment in watching egg fry.

January 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(21) Ronda says:

I feel the need — even this much later in the game — to clarify my comments on this matter. Anyone who thinks I’m excusing animal abuse based on culture 1) is misreading my post 2) doesn’t know me. What I am saying is maybe our nation is overdue for an honest discussion about various issues of oppression and the complicated dynamics at play. It’s hard for me to imagine how we’ll advance the cause of animal rights w/out acknowledging where various people are coming from and what kind of cultural messages they’re exposed to.

I think it’s a shame that people try to think so simplistically these days instead of seeing things in their full scope. Yes, it’s easy to say that animal abuse for any reason at any time by anyone is morally wrong — of course I think so too. But if you want to address it in any real way, you have acknowledge all of the societal forces at play.

January 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(22) Vicki says:

You forgot rape too. This is a sick individual and I do not for a second believe he has any remorse. I am grateful that Chris Rock, even though I love his work, didn’t get the job based on a ridiculous, uneducated comment like that. I will never look at him the same and I would like to thank Vick for bringing this to light. Colour of skin has nothing to do with animals like or dislike of someone. Now who’s prejudice.

February 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(23) Kenny Klein says:

I’ll have to admit, I think all of this is pretty funny.

March 11, 2010 at 9:38 am
(24) Sherry says:

Great Point, Vicky, “Color of skin has nothing to do with animals like or dislike of someone.” I believe animals sometimes have more of a sixth sense about an individual, than do some people. I had a neighbor who had someone visit him he had not seen in a very long time. His Rotweiller would not stop laying there and growling at this person. The owner could not even get him to quit, which I know for a fact, was even very odd. He always listened to his owner. A few days later, when the owner was gone, this individual was going to try and rob the owners house. He was caught, as this Rotweiller kept him at bay, until the owner got home.

March 11, 2010 at 9:47 am
(25) Sherry says:

I should have added that it sounds like to me that Rock may have had a few negative experiences with dogs, which would explain his remark. And the person I was talking about in the Rotweiller incident, was white, not black.

June 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(26) Comedian Kenny Klein says:

For everyone saying this isn’t material to be used in a joke;

What makes you think you can tell someone what they’re allowed to talk about? Chris Rock is free to say WHATEVER he wants in this country. If comedians stopped saying things because it might upset someone the whole art would die. If you’re worried you might be offended by what someone says at any given time, my advice would be to stay in your house and turn off your television.

October 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(27) Jen says:

Well, Chris Rock is a real douchebag, I’ll leave it at that. And I applaud Jennifer Lee Pryor for speaking out and for all the work she does for animals ~ http://www.pryorsplanet.com/

October 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(28) Bubba-Fett Shrimp Mercinaries says:

How many more comedians got to apologise for “offending” people? That’s why they are there – to say the things no-one else will. The last bastion of political incorrectness. Hell…it’s blindingly OBVIOUS it was a joke about black people!

You know what? I’m offended at all you offended people with your pathetic inability to let people be or to understand free speech means OTHER PEOPLE are allowed some too.

PS – to pre-empt the idiots, i have not once mentioned the initial crime in my comment so don’t go using your two remaining brain cells to assume I’m advocating animal cruelty. K?

October 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(29) Bevotee says:

That’s a (Edited to conform with About.com User Guidelines) comment, Kenny. I have several friends in the comedy business, and while some of them thrive on crossing the line, it’s weak and trite to fall back on the lame “Hey, it’s just a joke” excuse when it doesn’t go over for you. Up to now, I’ve always liked Rock, but I won’t waste any more time on him. Or you, for that matter. And Leno has always been an asshole, so no surprise on that front.

October 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(30) Anette Hilburn says:

Watch it Kenny Klein. You’re not making any friends. We are not telling you guys what to say, but to pick better topics. White people are already told what to say. Certain words we can’t use. Cause someone might get offended. White people that make so called wrong comments are fired from their jobs. I hope Vick and anyone like him die a horrible death and go straight to HELL.

October 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(31) Laurie says:

I will never watch Chris Rock again. I am totally disgusted by his remarks. To stand up for Mike Dick is going too far. Hope his career goes in the toilet, that’s where it belongs.

October 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(32) Sharon says:

Yes! Chris Rock is free to say whatever he wants in this country..as are the people on this forum…and Mrs. Pryor. Way to go Mrs. Pryor for making a stand. I’m so done with late night TV! Jay Leno and David Letterman’s rating have nose dived in the past year..and I’m glad for it! On Thursday, July 15, David Letterman made ignorant & damaging remarks about pit bulls when he was talking to Kyra Sedgwick because she adopted a dog that looks like a pit bull last year. With fame, I believe, comes some responsibility…and that’s no joke!

October 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(33) Nuria says:

Vick has never apologized for his actions. He’s only said he was sorry for what it has done to his family, he said he was sorry to his mother and basically never has even asked for forgiveness for what he actually did. He’s never publicly asked about the dogs or gone to see the dogs. Basically he is sorry he got caught.

Even if Chris Rock was trying to be funny, he is doing it at the expense of the dogs, innocent dogs, who through no fault of their own were abused for profit, treated like commodity and when they outlived their usefulness were disposed of in the most horrific of ways. By poking fun at something like that and defending the person who committed those acts, you are making light of it and guess what Chris, kids will read those remarks as “it’s okay to do what Vick did”.

Yes everyone deserves a second chance, but only if they truly realize the cruelty of their actions. Yes, he did his time. He served a 2 year sentence that were our animal abuse laws actually any good would have been longer. So the price for willfully, abusing, neglecting, torturing, electrocuting a living innocent creature is only 2 years, and for some it’s too much. Then again, it’s all about the money right?

I’m glad he lost the role. Marlon Wayans is a better actor anyway and you know what? I hope he wins an Oscar for this role, and I hope Chris is sitting in the front row so he can take a good look at what his ignorant comments took from him.

October 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(34) Not Chris Rock says:

Mrs. Lin, just because Vick didn’t accept the invite of a local club doesn’t mean that he’s not sorry. He has paid his debt and went to prison! This was CHRIS ROCK making these comments, not MIKE VICK. I am all for animal rights and love dogs, but dragging Vick back into it is uncalled for. You need to get over it and leave the man alone.

October 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(35) Gayle says:

If chris rock truly believes what he said then I hope he rots in the same hell as the lowlife piece of scum called michael (the p…k) vick. The torture of animals is a sign of a diseased mind and vick got away with murder. Each night I pray that he suffer for the rest of his pathetic life.

Those who feel it isn’t horrific should be ashamed of themselves. They probably feel that those who abuse children and the elderly are innocent of criminal activity as well. michael vick and his cohorts should have been stripped naked, have meat tied to their private parts and put onto a football field. The very same dogs they tortured should have been given the opportunity to chase the bastards on the field. That would have been JUSTICE.

Mrs. Pryor is a woman who stands up for what she believes in and is not afraid of offending these show biz idiots. You go girlfriend.

October 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(36) Janet says:

I always liked Chris, but is he serious??! Did he think that episode with Vic was funny?!
There is no joke comming out of this horrific incident!
I’m really dissappointed Chris!
You could, very well, loose lots of fans!
Maybe you just put on an act, that was not so funny??!

Vic should not have all this fame on the horrible things he did, making a movie??! That money should go to the Dog Rescue, not to the people who did the damage. What’s wrong with some of these people!!!
Big deal he was sorry!!!!! There is not enough money, community service, and sorrys that can take it all back!
Those animals will never forget!! There is no cure in the memory. Thank God some of them are OK… ?

Movies should be made on all the episodes of kind people rescueing animals, and the heartbreak that people try so hard to prevent such horrible things. We are supposed to have respect for God’s little creatures.
Glad he lost that part!!!! GO GIRL!

Janet

October 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(37) eric says:

Blah Blah blah… you people cry cry cry.. so what it happen get over it

October 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm
(38) Kevin says:

And since Richard Prior is the cornerstone of good sound morals and judgement it’s only right that a comedian who never made outlandish statements portray him.

And I’m sure that when Prior’s wife finds out that Marlon Wayans has made fun of autistic people in some of his comedy acts she’ll drop him too, right?

GIVE ME A BREAK.

October 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(39) Caroline says:

Chris is contributing to Vicks animal abuse if its about his carreer and not about his life including his gross abuse of PitBulls! Beautiful animals! Bad choice Chris!!!! Smarten up! But as the majority of those who are lucky enough to make it and have money and influence- that’s all they seem to care about!

October 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(40) georgiegirl says:

I still believe that there are certain things that you never joke about…..and not because it is politically correct….It’s because it takes a serious matter and makes fun of people’s pain and sorrow. It’s like those morons that joke about a disaster after people have lost their lives…..why? What happened to having empathy for others.
Helen Keller, baby, AIDS, abuse/cruelty of any kind, death and dying…….
I’m glad that Mrs. Pryor chose another actor to portray her husband.

October 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(41) Doc Lynch says:

Kenny Klein, yes comedians can say what they like, but also Mrs. Pryor can state her displeasure with Chric Cock and if it costs him a movie role, well too f*#+ing bad. I applaude Mrs. Pryor.

October 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm
(42) KDB says:

Wow, done with Chris Rock, Leno and Kenny Klein, what a waste of talent on all fronts. I will NEVER support anyone with such a lack of compassion. And what Rock said was suppose to be funny? To what sick mind? Done, not that one of them will care, but if enough are done, they just might??

October 25, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(43) Melissa says:

You go Mrs. Pryor, Proud to hear your stand and support.

October 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(44) pitbullsrock says:

Chris Rock just lost any respect I had for him.
Any comedians that make light of & defend someone who has GONE TO JAIL for animal cruelty need to check themselves.

Chris Rock & Michael Vick are doing very little to help the black community right now.

The consequences of Vick’s dogfighting ring are so far-reaching & affect the lives of so many dogs & people that now care for them.
Anyone who tries to downplay the situation is, in my mind almost as bad & pathetic as Vick himself.

October 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(45) Dian Cunat says:

What goes around will come back. This man with all his fame & money will be truely punished for what he alloud to happen to these aniamals & don’t tell me that it was for the money. There is a very dark side to this indiviual. Time will tell.

October 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(46) Dean says:

I l o v e these sort of “mishaps” ….. resulting in good publicity for those animal lovers appalled by neglect and abuse …. hopefully the most tallented Mr. Rock will avoid being Stoned and stand for the important cause he so mindlessly tried to joke about.

October 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(47) Dogfather says:

It’s obvious Mr Rock never bothered with the entire Vick story. All he saw was a black man being wronged by “The Man.”

I wonder if Rock ever read the entire indictment in it’s entirety. If you haven’t, you can find it online. It’s disgusting and even the likes of Chris Rock should be appalled.

Read it, Chris. Then go back to Letterman and tell him exactly what Michael Vick did.

Note to Chris Rock: There’s nothing funny about it.

October 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm
(48) L. Ashley says:

Too bad such an insensitive and unproductive exchange occurred between Rock and Leno. I appreciate Gayle’s reaction and comment.

October 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(49) CLAWZ says:

There are so many good comments here. I agree with most of them. First, let me say that Vick served only 18 months of a two year prison sentence. He has thousands of admirers who think he’s a “hero.” You can look at all of his pages on Facebook. His admirers say he just “made a mistake” like it was a one-time laspe in judgment. He fought hundreds of dogs, tortured, and killed them for six years! That’s not “a mistake”! And, no, we animal lovers won’t forget what he did!! I believe in freedom of speech, but it when it comes to animals, who have no voice, those of us who care about animal welfare have to be their voice. And so many people on this comment section are the dogs’ voice!! So thank you for that.

Dian, you said it so well: “There is a very dark side to this individual” (Vick).

I will make sure I go see this movie now when otherwise I probably wouldn’t have because I don’t see very many movies. I want to financially support Mrs. Pryor for taking a stand in the Pitties’ name, AND I want to see the movie do well so Chris Rock can sulk. I hope others on this page see the movie, too, and invite their friends—well, everyone except Kenny the Comedian, Kevin, Not Chris Rock, and Eric. I ceretainly wouldn’t want to run into them at the movie theatre or anywhere, for that matter.

October 26, 2010 at 12:24 am
(50) Jim says:

Once people realize how blurred the line gets between spousal abuse/child abuse/animal abuse than making jokes about it just doesn’t seem that funny. Substitute the word “child” for Pit Bull and see how well the joke does.

Interesting observation. Have you noticed that once separated the Bad Newz dogs are on the road to recovery and are intergrating into society nicely?
And Vick’s cohorts are still in trouble, getting shot, and doing drugs. So who was/is the menace to society?

October 26, 2010 at 2:09 am
(51) Kelly says:

Thank you Jennifer!!!
I thought the whole exchange between the two was disgraceful. I have not watched Jay Leno since that night and if I see Chris Rock on ANYTHING I change the station. For anyone who thinks it was comedy, I think it was not funny in the least. Jokes are not made about such atrocities.

October 26, 2010 at 5:15 am
(52) Ali says:

To Kenny,jokes are only funny when people laugh at what you tell them….what that idiot rock said WAS NOT remotely funny!!That turd vick and anybody who condones him will get what they deserve eventually as karma as a funny way(excuse the pun)of turning round and biting you in the ass or in vicks case hopefully it will be a pack of pitbulls!!

October 26, 2010 at 5:25 am
(53) Ali says:

Here’s free speech for you bubba fett tosspot why don’t you do one and get a life this comment page are for people that actually love animals!!No one cares what your small minded opinion is go away you sad little man! (Edited to conform with About.com User Guidelines)

October 26, 2010 at 5:40 am
(54) ellentis says:

Michael Vick should never have been released from prison, and Chris Rock should be there with him. Oh yeah! Since Chris Rock says, ‘Pit Bulls ain’t even real dogs’, maybe someone should toss him in the ring with a few of Mikey’s fineds. Uh……………….yeah……….they’re real dogs, just like people of all colors are people

October 26, 2010 at 9:39 am
(55) Gordon Wojdyla says:

Thank you Mrs. Pryor for taking a stand, Richard was one the first shock comedians and argubally the best,but there always came a time in his set where he touched on a truth that clearly came across as instruction and we are all the better for it. Chris Rock’s and Leno’s statements show the ignorance of tv faces weighing in on situations of which they truly have no understanding. Mr. Vicks mistreatment of dogs is well documented and repulses members of society who can show empathy. The other part of Vick’s association with Gamblers, drug providers,criminal enforcers and elected officials,should invoke anger and suspicion among football fans and the majority of people who somehow make through life without such associations. Mr.Leno in the real world (where people don’t waste money on amassing material objects for which they have no use) anyone displaying Mr Vicks leanings would lose their job. The NFL has lost this viewer because of his reinstatement he can play with the drug abusing, spouse abusing, violent childeren that populate pro football.

October 26, 2010 at 10:13 am
(56) Lenny the Saint Bruce says:

Hey Chris — how dare you say they’re “just jokes.” I am St. Lenny, crucified for your sins, baby. There’s 23 documentaries about me, and two in the works, because what I said was IMPORTANT! You can’t have it both ways — get on the old PBS pledge drive and tell us how meaningful the arts are (like comedy), how they affect lives, how it’s not frivolous, how it changes a culture’s perspectve (Pryor) — and then when you want to distance yourself from a particularly callous one — “hey, they’re just jokes, folks!” Choose one, Kenny, old pal. I did.

October 26, 2010 at 10:27 am
(57) Meg says:

Wow, Ali. Way to exercise your rights.

Here’s the thing. It was a joke. One most people found in poor taste it seems, but a joke nonetheless.

Does anyone remember Steven Colbert referring to great horned owls as “sky nachos?” Don’t see you guys calling for his head.

~a proud member of the Colbert Nation

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October 26, 2010 at 10:57 am
(58) Patrice Torrillo says:

Screw U Kenny Klein.. The Pryors did the right thing.. I don’t find any of this amusing.. Chris Rock is a Jackass I never liked him.. Now I will urge everyone to boycott him! Until youve been electrocuted and slammed to the ground you should shut your pie hole because you can CR have sh*t coming out of it!

October 26, 2010 at 11:13 am
(59) J says:

Why is dog fighting illegal but killing a human unborn baby is???????????????

Why is dog fighting illegal but people hunt and kill sharks, whale, tigers, lions, rhino, wolves, bears every day!!!!!

BUT that’s OK, right??????????????

October 26, 2010 at 11:33 am
(60) Joselyn Colon says:

THANK YOU JENNIFER!!! =)
And thank you All who are for the animals on this thread! I couldnt have said it better myself! All for the animals here out-number the few idiots here.
I use to love Chris Rock..what a disappointment. Will never watch anything to do with him ever again! My boys are also disappointed. Anyone for Vick, obviously doest have a heart.

October 26, 2010 at 11:34 am
(61) Mary N says:

Jennifer Pryor, you rock! Thank you so much for your actions. These dogs have enough problems without Chris Rock making it sound OK to abuse them and torture them. Making this kind of joke is akin to making a joke about abusing or torturing a child, another innocent being that has no say in what happens to it. Dog fighting is not funny, and if Chris Rock doesn’t get that, then he doesn’t deserve to get that role.

I am not an extreme animal rights person, not at all. I hate the animal rights movement and agenda. But I am for the welfare of all animals, and torturing them is totally unacceptable.

October 26, 2010 at 11:49 am
(62) Nancy says:

Both Rock’s and Leno’s comments are abhorent, joking or not. I am not amused by either of them and never watch Jay Leno. I certainly hope neither of them have any animals.

I’m confused about what you say about the movie, however. Isn’t Chris Rock one of the producers, directors or something????

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1642953/20100702/story.jhtml

October 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(63) Mac says:

I’m black and have three Pits. I love this breed. And for anyone to think abusing them or any other breed is OK, is out of his or her mind. This breed bleed and have pain just like any other breed. Not only did sick ass Vick fight them. He tortured them as well. Letting me know he has some serious mental issues. By Chris Rock making light of this shows he has humanity of poor taste in judgment. Not all Blacks have a dark living arrangement with LIFE. Lets make that very clear. And DOG FIGHTING IS WRONG IN SO MANY WAYS. LETS NOT MAKE JOKES OF THIS SICKNESS

October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(64) Ali says:

Mac, i don’t think and hope anyone on here was implying any coloured person has a “dark living arragement with life”I don’t think it matters what colour your skin i,if you are a sick twisted evi, p***k like vick you could be white ,black,yellow,blys or pink with green spots and called primrose but still be rotten all the way through.Colour doesn’t make the human it’s what’s inside of them what matters and unfortunately there’s too many people like vick still out there and it’s up to people like you and the rest of us that feel the same way to do the best we can and protect all these beautiful animals from scum like him.And Meg i know it was supposed to be a joke but as i said a jokes only funny when people laugh…and that fett idiot just annoyed me sorry if i offended anybody else.

October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(65) CLAWZ says:

To J who wrote asking why is it okay to kill human babies and all kinds of wildlife: I just really want to scream when people do this!! This article/thread of comments is NOT about the millions of other atrocities in the world; it is about Chris Rock’s callous jokes regarding Vick torturing and killing innocent, defenseless dogs who had no choice in the matter. STICK TO THE SUBJECT AT HAND!! Go write your comments elsewhere in which it’s talking about abortions or whatever is is. THIS is about Chris Rock, Michael Vick, Jennifer Pryor, and Pit Bulls—nothing else.

October 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm
(66) Michael says:
October 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(67) Evan says:

As Bill Maher hysterically wrote about Vick in Rolling Stone at the time,

“Stop saying what he did is a cultural thing, just one of those things black folks are known for, like jazz. He’s not one of the Scottsboro boys, he electrocuted dogs.”

October 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(68) Kate says:

To Clawz — THANK YOU – THANK YOU. Well said. To Michael — that was a great article. To Jay Leno & Chris Rock “It is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt” — Abraham Lincoln — Advice you both should have heeded

October 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(69) Bib says:

I’m very glad that he lost that movie role because of that ignorant comment. Nobody should make jokes about torture and murder. (yes, even with animals) I don’t even believe Vick should have been given a second chance to play football. What he did says alot about the kind of person he is. I can’t believe anyone would welcome him with open arms after what he did. ays something about their character.

October 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(70) Ellen says:

Chris Rock…you suck!! Mrs Pryor good call!!! Mike Vick sucks he’s evil i have two pits myself! Never ever will like him or people that thinks its a joke.How they died is unreal! No i dont eat anything with a face either!All animal abuse is wrong! I mean the dude rich as hell…..but just goes to show you there are people in this world that care! $$$$ down the drain but your money were your mouth is i he sure did:) (Edited to conform with About.com User Guidelines)

October 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm
(71) Strider says:

It really hurts my feelings that Chris Rock lost out on making tons of money for a movie. Comedians make jokes all the time about controversal issues and we laugh because we know they are funny, let’s not confuse a statment with ajoke. What Michael Vick did was wrong and intentional. He tortured animals for profit and sport yet continued to lead the kind of life for fortune and fame that many wish they could. NO EXCUSE! The way we worship our sports heros is mind blowing. They can do what they want as long as they play well.. I commend Mrs Pryor for standing her ground. If it was’nt Michael Vick and an ordinary Joe they would have put him under the jail.

October 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(72) Ali says:

Strider while i agree wholeheartedly with most of your statement again this joke issue rears it’s head.It didn’t look like either were making a lighthearted remark or joke it was a idiotic sentence that came from one failing chatshow host to a mediorce mmmthink the best word for this man is clown!!Rock lost a big money part and leno lost more viewers…but because of the publicity it raised hopefully the dogs are the winners here,and Mrs Pryor you are a wonderful lady and i’m sure your husband is looking down very happy and very proud of you!!

October 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(73) Ali says:

Sorry one last topic to not chris rock cause he hasn’t got the balls to put his real name…vick will never repay his debt for what he did,he could spend 10,000 years in prison and still owe those poor dogs!! vick will always be remembered not what he did on the football field but the horrific,evil,vile acts he did to animals that couldn’t defend themselves from bullets,electrocution and being drowned to say but a few.And kenny kliene your really can’t be that good at what you do cause over in europe we haven’t heard of you whatsoever!! If my lanuage has offended the real animal lovers here i am deeply sorry but idiots and people that don’t understand or want to rile me intensley (Edited to conform with About.com User Guidelines)

October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(74) rich says:

Relax people. Comedians make tasteless jokes about all manner of horrible things. On a serious note, a person dies of hunger every single second (that’s +/- 36,000,000 per year), a child every 5 seconds. But you keep saving animals.

October 26, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(75) Steve says:

Kenny Klein is a BLEEPIN IDIOT if he thinks this is funny!
Let’s clamp those jumper cables on your ears and throw you into the pool and see how much you’re laughing then …
IDIOT !

October 27, 2010 at 12:18 am
(76) Wolfwhisperer says:

Chris Rock and others like him who defend or make light of the Vick dog-fighting abuse, need to be read the now infamous page 93, in Jim Gorant’s “The Lost Dogs”. If after that, they still stand up for Vick it will prove they are the same low life scum as Vick–trying to prove their manhood through fighting dogs. And like Vick, they will all fail miserably.

October 27, 2010 at 1:45 am
(77) animalrights says:

Thank you, everyone, for your comments!

J, animal rights activists also oppose the killing of sharks, whales, tigers, lions, rhinos, wolves, and bears. I do agree that current laws that allow the killing of some animals and not others are speciesist, and I would love to see the laws changed to protect all animals.

Abortion is a separate issue, but caring about dogs does not mean that one supports abortion. There are animal advocates on both sides of the abortion issue.

October 27, 2010 at 7:46 am
(78) candy shoaf says:

have always liked chris rock, but making a joke out of torturing dogs is disgusting. am proud of jennifer pryor for taking the position that she did. those jokes were in such bad taste that mr rock should apologize and so should leno for allowing him to say them on the show. there is no excuse for rocks attitude or vicks behavior.

October 27, 2010 at 10:02 am
(79) CLAWZ says:

I should really just not comment anymore, but I guess I can’t help myself. Like I said, Rich, let’s stick to the subject at hand. Maybe you don’t like animals, but there are a lot of animal lovers in this world. We’re not talking about starving children here. There are a million atrocities in this world, and animals are God’s creatures as much as people are. If you ask me, when God looks down at this screwed-up world, I’m sure He is much more pleased with the animals than He is with the so-called human race.

Wolfwhisperer, they should also have to look at the horrific, graphic pictures of Vick’s dogs who had their noses and ears ripped off and their faces literally torn to shreds. I wish all of Vick’s fans would see those pics—ENLARGED pics so they can see the details! I’m betting it wouldn’t impact any of those people, though. To think that Michael Vick has thousands of fans who worship the ground he walks on is very disturbing.

Thank you to all the people on this thread who love dogs and take a stand for them. They can’t defend themselves; they depend on us humans who do have a heart. There are way too many people in this world who don’t have a heart for animals.

November 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(80) Jenna says:

If Michael Vick wants to fight dogs, I have a 150lb Malamute/Lab mix and a Chow Chow who would be glad to take him on. We can set up a ring here in my yard and let Vick face Nanook and Ophelia.

He won’t walk away.

November 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(81) Lisa says:

Who’s Kenny Klein?

December 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(82) travis says:

please get a life vick basher’s and hater’s ur just like the tea party’s”GREAT WHITE HOPE” sarah falin , as long as you can cast negativity on a black person and feel like you all are holier than thou,that’s just what you’ll, do go to hell in a hand basket,the same way you worry about dog’s and illegal’s getting treated better than black taxpayer’s,where was the concern for all the black’s lying in these river’s throughout the south murdedr by all of your people,oh yeah dog’s are better.

January 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(83) Absulaam says:

I like dogs and I don’t have a big problem with what Vick did because it was just an animal. My German Shephard is the best, but he is still just a dog. I couldn’t bring myself to harm ANY living thing human or beast, but I have to be realistic about the world I live in; people harm other living things all the time. Getting outraged and arguing on the net wont stop it, it’s who we are.

I love chesseburgers and I know for a fact that cows are bred and tortured to death so that I can enjoy that burger. I feel just as much empathy for the cow as the dog, but God made the Cow delicious. With the outrage I’ve seen against Vick, one wouldve expected the same outrage toward the beef industry. Maybe if people stopped treating thier pets as “babies” there would be less emotion involved, because with the posts I’ve read, you’d think Vic came to your houses and raped/murdered your Grandmother.

As for the Jennifer Pryor’s comments, she is also letting her emotions cloud her thoughts. Richard Pryor was the rawest performer on the stage at the height of his success, and he pretty much influenced many of the “edgy” comedians you see today. He was a genius because he understood how to make you laugh even when you didn’t want to. NOTHING is off limits in comedy no matter what the previous posters claim. It’s all fair game. If you people who claim to have been fans, are now done with Rock, then he probably wasn’t for you anyway. You’re looking for safe comedians.

July 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(84) melissa says:

@ Absulaam: Your viewpoint is quite disturbing & it saddens me to know there are so many who share it. Even if you don’t have a real sense of compassion towards animals or what happens to them, you should at least be concerned that people who have it in them to torture animals many times move onto “bigger & better things” (put simply, it has been shown time & time again that many serial killers began with animals). People don’t torture and murder animals because “its who we are”, but because something is wired wrong within them. Yet as a society, we like to turn the other way until the problem advances to the stage of killing other humans. How sad that only then do we see this as unacceptable.

For those who state that Michael Vick is sorry, or had “done his time”… what a joke. For 6 years he & his friends tortured & murdered these animals, only stopping because they got caught. After he “served his time”, what really did you see him do that showed how sorry he was for his heinous acts? Did he willingly volunteer at shelters to help animals, volunteer to donate money to help animals worldwide in similar situations? No, he went back to his high profit career & prayed that many would care too much about his “value as an athlete” to truly open their eyes to the pure horror he inflicted on these animals. That is not remorse, it is greed, pure and simple. And as a double slap in the face to those who see him as the monster that he is, our society honors him as “Sportsman of the Year”….

…yes, this is exactly what I’d like my children to emulate when they grow up.

& as for the true topic at hand… farewell Chris. Kudos to Mrs. Pryor for standing up for what she believes in. I’m all for freedom of speech, & Mr. Rock is certainly free to say whatever he’s inclined to. Just as Mrs. Pryor and many more of us are free to spend our money elsewhere & spread the word on our distaste for such concerning values.

November 28, 2011 at 7:21 am
(85) Cindy Ross says:

Chris’s heartless remarks about the agony these poor souls endured only perpetuates abuse. Remember, it wasn’t long ago that whites thought blacks ‘had no soul’ only bcs the skin color was different. This gave whites the ‘excuse’ to hang, drag, burn, drown black people??? These are the murders Vick committed – Does Chris not realize that just bcs the shell is different, the soul is not the same??? Animals FEEL, have EMOTIONS, and AGONIZE when tortured!!! Thank you Jenny, for NOT rewarding bad behavior! Richard is PROUD – thank you for protecting his name and legacy, u are a loyal defender

July 6, 2012 at 12:17 am
(86) Oofwbroqn says:
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(87) peangeDampupt says:
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(88) SnintyWeata says:
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July 30, 2012 at 5:38 am
(90) Kelly says:

If Chris Rock actually made these statements, they represent him as a cruel, insensitive, and UNintelligent young man…just sayin’…

July 30, 2012 at 7:06 am
(91) Deana Smith says:

Chris Rock is a complete moron – not to mention NOT funny.

July 30, 2012 at 8:27 am
(92) Priscilla Wille says:

Seriously??!!! There’s absolutely NOTHING funny about Chris Rocks remarks about Pit Bulls. And Jay Leno excusing Michael Vick??!!!
They both just blew their careers.

July 30, 2012 at 8:38 am
(93) Bella says:

Thank You jennifer Pryor! you couldn’t have said it any better! R.I.P.Richard Pryor you were Awesome! & Love The Waylan Brothers! & # lovemypittie Bella the best ” I raised her right ” it’s never the animals fault it’s the owners fault! On how they choose to bring that animal up! No dog. No animal deserves to be abused that is not why god put animals on this earth! God help all you animal abusers out there! <3<3<3

July 30, 2012 at 9:38 am
(94) Deb says:

The fact is, the movie is about her husband and she does not want someone playing him that see feels would not have approved or appreciated his comments. I say Kudos to her. Had I been her, I would have done the same thing if someone was supposed to be portraying my loved one, I would want to make sure that person is someone my loved one would want to portray them. It has nothing to do with the way you or I or anyone else feels.

July 30, 2012 at 9:46 am
(95) fknbastages says:

This was a great call by the people casting and by Mrs. Prior. Michael Vick has already admitted it’s no big deal what he did. If it weren’t for the poe leece, he’d still be doing it. To be honest, I think the police need to do more, because they’re obviously bit doing enough.

July 30, 2012 at 10:52 am
(96) Susan Genovese says:

Why is race the first thing that comes out of his mouth…dogs dont like black people???????? What an asshole..glad you lost the part…..Hopefully that comment wont give you any parts anymore!!!!!!!!! (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

July 30, 2012 at 10:54 am
(97) Goodcall says:

Good call Mrs. Prior!

Mick Vick is a horrible excuse for a human being. He should have be tortured to death like the poor animals who cowered, whine, begged and pleaded with their last breath to be loved and treated like the beautiful animals they were.

I have lost all respect for Chris Rock. Just as I will never set foot in a Modell’s sporting goods because they support this horrible serial killer of the innocent I will never support, watch, buy, or promote anything Chris Rock is in again. EVER.

“As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their heads like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didnt kil…l it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.”- The Lost Dogs: Michael Vicks Dogs And Their Tale Of Bass Rescue

July 30, 2012 at 11:31 am
(98) Stella G Vidales says:

I’ve only read SOME of the comments on Chris Rock’s comments about Pit Bulls, but they were enough to get me to comment! Oh my God! Those of you who think that Michael Vick “paid his dues” to society by serving just 2 yrs in prison must also think that if someone kidnapped your child(ren), sexually and mentally abused them, while having that child connected by battery cables to a live battery then thrown into a pool full of water, should also serve just a minimum of prison time, right?

July 30, 2012 at 11:33 am
(99) Stella G Vidales says:

Those Pit Bulls were HELPLESS you friggin’ idiots!!! There was NO ONE to defend them! There was NO ONE to help them escape their fate! If it had been one of YOUR beloved pets, would you be so quick to forgive Mr. Vick & his friends? I sure as hell wouldn’t!!! How can he be sorry when he continues to make MILLIONS and not even THINK about donating a percentage of those MILLIONS to animal rescues, animal shelters, and Humane Societies in this country? And he thinks his children DESERVE a dog?! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Do you not think his children learned how to harm animals from watching what their father allowed to happen in their OWN backyard? What the hell is the matter with you people? Either y’all are just plain stupid or have no heart, no soul, or all 3! I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, PURPLE OR GREEN! I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE A CELEBRITY, A FAMOUS ATHLETE OR JUST AN EVERYDAY PERSON! If you abuse animals in any way, shape or form, you should be sent to prison for at least 20 yrs and made to serve your time with inmates who, although may be murderers, rapists and the like, who are animal lovers. They’d do to you what they do to child molesters as soon as that molester sets foot in a prison cell!

If I had my way, I’d connect Michael Vick’s genitalia to battery cables connected to the world’s largest battery and ever so slowly lower him & his co-horts into an Olympic sized pool full of aligators! Then, all us Pit Bull lovers & owners, and all animal lovers could sit around and listen to those cowards scream and yell for the mercy they did not afford the dogs they killed!!! Oh, by the way, I wouldn’t feed the alligators for a week before dispensing my punishment so they’d be good and hungry for Vick & his buddies!!! I’d sell tickets to this event & donate the profits to as many rescues, shelters and humane societies as I could!! I don’t know, think that sounds like a good idea, animal lovers?

July 30, 2012 at 11:35 am
(100) Claire says:

If this is the case, Chris shouldn’t have gotten his job for Madagascar either! I never liked him before, but now I despise him.

July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am
(101) tammy says:

To Kenny Klein. Some things are just not funny. No matter which way you look at it, no matter how you perceive it, no matter what way a comedian twists it, animal abuse is not funny. No abuse is funny. Period.

July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am
(102) Proud American says:

I am sick and tired of Chris Rock making these kinds of insensitive statements and acting like they are just “jokes” Like the unamerican rant he went off on the 4th of July also being anti- black. Everything to him is anti-black. Why can’t he be pro-anything. Such a negative person-if this is the role models we are ending out, no wonder our society is messed up.

July 30, 2012 at 11:45 am
(103) PATTY says:

I am sorry I am an Advocate For Animals And Pit Bulls What Vick Did was Wrong And Now they say he wants to own a dog Really I feel he should never ever be aloud to own another Dog as long as he lives Once An Animal Abuser Always An Animal Abuser. Vick Should Of Went To Jail For 20 Years For What He dis to them Poor Dogs . The Animals Do Not Have A Voice But A lot Of Us Do And We Are Their Voice And We Will Never Stop Speaking For The Animals I Hope Vick Rots In Hell For What He Did And No I Will Never Forgive A Animal Abuser

July 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(104) C-Cirl says:

So yeah….who the hell cares what Chris Rock says! He is the biggest racist that ever lived. He backs an idiot like Michael Vick who is not only an animal abuser and killer, he is also a child abuser as he took his child fishing and used the kid’s pet as bait.
So…f**k you Chris Rock and anybody who posted on this page backing him and Michael Vick because if you back these 2 clowns up then that makes you an animal and child abusers as well!
That is what is wrong with this world….we have too many heartless, ignorant, misinformed and small minded people in it.
Hope Chris Rock never gets another movie or sitcom role ever!!! Not just because of the comments he made but because he sucks as an actor anyways!

July 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(105) Linda Weiland says:

That remark was disgusting! Those couple of sentences put Chris Rock on the same level as Vick in my mind: No good scum.

He may have thought it was funny, but IT WAS NOT. I’m sure he’d eat those words now, but he can’t un-ring that bell. Screw him.

July 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm
(106) Valrie Duphot says:

From France : this man support breedism. So he must be a racist too ?
Not real dogs ? Not real men ?
It is a shame.
Vick is a murderer. Chris Rock is not better.
A life is a life. Could someone teach him that ?

July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(107) Jay says:

“and and says that he regrets his actions”
Why two “and”s? Please spell-check before publishing something

July 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm
(108) sharon says:

Shame on you Chris Rock i was a fan of a great actor but you sure have lost points in my book

July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm
(109) Audra says:

>Jack…Well said!!!

One would think if pitts were primarily aggressive towards blacks then they would have gotten ahold of the abuser in this case…don’t ya think?

July 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm
(110) SJC says:

I don’t know if it’s male menopause or what with Chris Rock. I used to like him, but over time, he’s sounding more and more like Kenye West. And we all know what a genius he is, he tells us so all the time (loved the South Park “Fish-Sticks” episode on him.

Kenny Klein, you’re still young (but old enough to stop wearing ski caps all the time) and you are in a profession that I can see might “coarsen” you some, but this was not a comedy routine. He could have done one on it if he wanted, he’s certainly clever enough. But in a way that wasn’t so lacking in common sense and not just offensive, but morally bankrupt. I work in animal rescue, but am also pragmatic and don’t consider myself a part of the “tree-hugger” groups, but this is so outside of all acceptable mores, it reaches most people. If you called your mother, would she agree with you on this, or be proud of your stance? Don’t get angry and rant at me, just ask yourself if you are honoring her by your open declaration that “you think this is funny”?

July 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm
(111) Dee says:

The question here is NOT whether these animals are “just dogs” but do they feel pain, fear, hunger and other feelings that we humans experience. The answer is yes, they do and because they do, it would take a disconnected, insensitive person, someone with no empathy or respect for life, to inflict the kind of pain and torture that these animals endured until their death while finding it entertaining or funny. People who abuse animals are dangerous to others especially children and anything they can overpower. It’s a character flaw too large to ignore. Abuse of any kind, is not funny. Ask a soldier who has been saved by a dog, or a disabled person who’s life have been improved by a dog, or a child who’s best friend is a dog, if these animals, and their suffering, don’t matter because they are not the same species as we are. Those of us who care will not “move on” because we are their voice. I feel the same way about children or anyone who is unable to speak for themselves. It is our responsibility to speak up for them. A responsibility I take on gladly.

July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(112) Allison says:

How is that a joke?

Thats like saying the Batman killer was in the right because the victims weren’t real people just kids? I don’t think anyone in their right mind would find that funny.

Disappointing Chris. I wasn’t a fan before, and I sure as hell am not now. Dogs were never good to black people? What does that even mean?

July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm
(113) Michael Smith says:

Aren’t even real dogs? You know what your right, there so much more. My pits are family and obviestly your mis-shapen head doesn’t hold a real brain either. Screw you and your poor attempt at comedy.

July 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(114) Helen Fox says:

If you are in the public eye, you are, for some reason, meant to role model behaviour. Pitbulls are not “real dogs” what does that mean? Are they stuffed toys? And all you people who think as humans we have rights over animals you are ignorant and trying to excuse behaviours which is not right. We are not above animals as far as feeling pain, being treated with dignity and having basic access to warm dry shelter, food, love and belonging. That is not a HUMAN right, but a HUMANE right. What I see from Americans in the public eye is a total lack of respect of the world in general in favour of the self, living expansively and not considering how their actions affect others. It is gluttoney and self serving. Well done Mrs Pryor for sticking to her guns and being respectful of what is right and fair.

July 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm
(115) James Inman says:

I think we all should start having compassion on humans who don’t understand humor. It’s sickening and cruel for someone to be unable to laugh.

July 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(116) Niki says:

I’m glad he lost his role. He’s just as bad as Michael Vick

July 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm
(117) lavaune says:

Chris Rock Loses Movie Role Over Michael Vick Comment michael vicks a dick so is jay leno hes as boring as johnny carson was and i didnt watch him either. they both make me sick. people should be banned from having pb they need a special kind of person to care for them. one with brains not 1 with no sense at all millions of us love our pbs and we dont go crazy and do stupid things they are bullied and banned and misunderstood. its not the dog it does what hes trained to do they dont go out of their way to hurt u

July 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(118) Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

What an idiotic comment coming from someone without a brain. I will NEVER look at Chris Rock the same way again. He will rue the day that he showed people (especially animal lovers) whose side he is really on…obviously Vicks. Scum attracts scum and these two deserve each other. By the way, for those who think that his comment was something to laugh at…you have a sick sense of humour and it’s at the cost of the suffering of defenseless animals. I think that you are pathetic and I’m so glad that I will never know you!!!

July 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm
(119) Sharon says:

You know, we can’t even say N****R as a joke and all the african american people call us racists. So where the hell is it OK for Chris Rock to say that Pitt Bulls are not even dogs and us as voices for the voiceless cannot defend the Pitt Bulls ?? So if it’s ok for Chris Rock to say that I want it to be ok for me to say N****r in a joke… (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm
(120) angie locke says:

there is just some things that you dont joke about,, and animal abuse is one of them,, im glad he lost his role,, servers him right,,

July 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(121) Erica Jimenez says:

I totally agree with Mrs. Pryor. What was done to those animals was wrong. They did not deserve what happened to them, and anybody that thinks it’s okay to torture a animal just to get off or make cash should be locked up and rapped with no spit! Vick should have put his kids in that situation instead of those dogs. The point is that what was done was totally wrong in so many levels, and as a pitbull mommy I would never put my girl in any type of danger, like those heartless Fu#%’s……. I understand that Rock is a comedian, but he need to start thinking of what he say’s before he say’s it. People stop making excuses for these guy’s.

July 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(122) Mandy Lion says:

Wow… I used to adore this man. Used to think of him as a great comedian and human being. But I guess he is just another ignorant, heart and soulless idiot.

July 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(123) Eddy says:

I have bee a chris rock fan for years and referred many friends to his comedy skits,but that ends now! To say pits aren’t even a real dog! WTF? That’s not humor it is just BS!

July 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(124) Julie says:

Well… Chris Rock is dead to me now.

July 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm
(125) Eddy says:

as far as the dogs have never been good to black people that is way wrong,while several blacks have not been good to dogs,breeding them as fighting dogs,or slaves doomed to a life of suffering and pain for the happiness of their master,the dogs have been good to the blacks that fight them,generating their fortunes reputations an egos

July 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(126) Renee says:

I am so grateful for Jennifer Pryor and her ability to be an advocate for all dogs . . . especially the one’s Vick abused and killed. I will no longer support anything Chris Rock is involved in. This “comedy” wasn’t “comedy” at all. He stepped WAY over the line. Anyone who supports Vick is complicit in his crime. Just sayin’ . . .

July 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm
(127) mariah says:

hey vick chris i hate you and hope you burn in hell for what you have done and if i could i would hit you were it hurts i hate you and wish you could go to jail for ever i hate you thing you are nit even people you are things i hate you to the bone so kiss my butt loser and i hope you read this a** holes

July 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(128) Tamara L. says:

“Wow”, I still like you Chris Rock. I have never in my life seen such a comment from a COMEDIAN taken soooooooooooo personally, what’s wrong with all you folks, he’s a COMEDIAN, and in my lifetime I have heard millions of comedians talk about people, race, places, sexualities, religion, non-religion, and everything else under the sun that have hurt other people but was intented for comedy. Why did you all take him so seriously. And to Mrs. Pryor, my God your husband was no “Saint” on the stage…..

July 31, 2012 at 1:42 am
(129) Joe says:

Can comedians speak without others excusing it for a joke. Are Chris Rock supporters trying to tell me that every time he speaks it’s a joke. Get a life and stop making excuses. He said it like so many others who can’t come to face reality that Vick did an evil act. Many folk put to much into idolizing and worshipping sports folks and celebrities as they can’t rationalized that the folk they believe in and admire can do wrong and/or are evil.

Mrs. Prior, the wife of a legendary comedian said it perfectly. “What Michael Vick did was torture, drown, electrocute and murdered dogs for fun and profit! He went to prison for felony animal cruelty!”

This is the huge disconnect that Criss Rock and other fans seem to have as they idolize evil people such as Vick only because they play ball or act or joke so well. Chris Rock was not joking even though many can not admit it. This time there was no punch line. Sad thing is, the joke is on the fans.

July 31, 2012 at 8:16 am
(130) animal lover says:

Any person that do do such evil things to any animal is a serious danger to children or any defenceless person who cant fight back !! its a known fact that people who enjoy treating animals with such cruelty and contempt are so easily going to turn that sadistic nature onto the weaker members of society ..animal abuse isnt treated with the contemp it should be and anyone found guilty of acting out abuse or enciting it should be held accountable and imprisoned to the fullest term
colour or creed shoulnt come into it ..an dog knows nothing of culture or religious belief ..it knows to trust humans untill scum like that steal that trust away from them !!!!!!

July 31, 2012 at 11:07 am
(131) ilmorescue says:

Some things are just not funny.

August 1, 2012 at 12:59 am
(132) Tina says:

I am from a different country and never even knew that Vick was black when i heard about his crime. Just that he tortured dogs and got away with it because he was a famous sportsman. It made me sick to even think of what he did to those dogs. It was never a race issue. I don’t know why anyone would want to make it into one. Even now thinking of the terror and suffering of those dogs while Michael Vick got his jollies watching makes me so upset. No-one can atone for that much suffering with 18 months in prison, and no-one who can do that changes their essential self. Vick is evil and has the heart of a torturer, no doubt about it. Wonder how long he will be able to keep the evil under wraps before it spews out again? Chris Rock, you suck. I hope you never own a pet. Mrs Pryor, you are the best!!!!!

August 1, 2012 at 9:56 am
(133) kay brookins says:

chris rock should keep his thoughts to him self this is not funny and it promotes discrimation aganist the breed you need to be more mindfull about what you say you are a role model shame on you

August 1, 2012 at 10:33 am
(134) NeURO says:

I just want 5 minutes alone with Vick. I will make the problem disappear and a decade down the road, no one will remember who he was.

August 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm
(135) Mr. Luin says:

I am so disgusted that Mr. Rock could POSSIBLY even think let alone SAY such a hurtful thing! THAT WAS EXACTLY what was said about blacks, THEY HAD NO SOUL AND WERE NOT HUMAN and not he is saying the SAME THING!!! THAT IS DISGUSTING!

Also, I will NOT accept an appology from him EVER!!!! Not for this, as the only apology he will give will be FORCED and only an attempt to get back into good graces so he can make money. NO! NOT ANYMORE!!!! There are CLEARLY some things once said that can NEVER be taken back!~!!

I FLATLY refuse to give this person ANY more of my money and ANY film company that hires him. I will NEVER support this attitude!

August 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(136) VH says:

Kudos to Jennifer Pryor! Chris Rock you just hit rock bottom in my book!

August 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(137) A. Stewart says:

While it is true that Chris Rock is free to say whatever he wishes in this country, it DOES NOT mean that speech comes without consequences.
Just as he is free to say what he wishes, we are free to dislike what he says.

August 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(138) steelerfan says:

She did the right thing,one thing to correct that most people do not know. Vick did not go to jail for animal cruelty ,he went to jail only for transporting fighting dogs across state lines and for lying to the court. It is do disgusting and horrifying what he did and had done to the best breed of dogs . Chris Rock and Leno complete idiots .

August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm
(139) ANIMALAURA says:

So, Kenny…. you are saying that Chris Rock joking about torturing and killing dogs is ok?? It is just a joke?? And therefore, no big deal??
What if he was joking about torturing and killing 2 year old children… would THAT be OK too??
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!!
Children and pets depend on humans adults to feed, shelter and love them. DON’T YOU GET IT??
NO DIFFERENCE!!

August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm
(140) Donna says:

way to go Jennifer! I hate that POS Michael Vick and anyone that supports him or thinks there is anything funny about what he did is a POS also!

August 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(141) Jodi says:

These uninformed morons should be ashamed of themselves. If Vick electrocuted, beat, drowned, hung (o yea, fought) people he’d be on death row. SCUMBAGS. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU

August 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(142) syl says:

There wasn’t anything funny about what Chris Rock said. He really disappoints me with these comments. Big difference between humor and ignorance…

August 2, 2012 at 10:36 am
(143) Tess Goodman says:

Kudos to Richard Pryor’s wife for taking this stand. It’s hard to believe the utter insensitivity and stupidity of human beings who can’t comprehend why what Vick did was so horrendous. How is an animal suffering any different than a human being suffering? Suffering is suffering!

“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” – Jeremy Bentham on animals

August 3, 2012 at 8:39 am
(144) Carlene Coury says:

I have always been a BIG fan of Chris Rock’s and I’m a white gal from Pennsylvania. But, now I have to say that he should have thought before he spoke. I will no longer be one of his fans. I had a pit bull (they are real dogs) and I also saw some of the dogs which were rescused from Vick’s compound and brought to various animal shelters. Terrible injuries and some of them couldn’t be rehabilitated and had to be put down. Not only did Vick hurt his career but his team as well. It seems that Mr. Rock is following in his footsteps by ruining his career, too.
Shame on both of you and Leno, too.

August 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(145) Ginger says:

As others have pointed out, there are some actions that are so heinous that making a joke about them is tantamount to saying there is nothing wrong with doing it – such as torture, murder, rape, etc. I have never been a fan of Chris Rock or Jay Leno. I am glad that Mrs. Pryor took the stand she did. I wish more people would do that! There is enough material for REAL comedy – killing and torturing animals is NOT!

August 6, 2012 at 6:45 am
(146) kelly kirsch says:

Chris Rock, who isn’t funny, made a dumb comment that made him look stupid. Jay Leno, who is sometimes funny, but mostly stupid, laughed and made himself look like an idiot. Mrs. Pryor, who had the final say in the matter spanked Chris Rock’s unfunny ass and sent him home.

Loving free speech, democracy and the right of the owner of intellectual property to decide what she will and won’t do with it.

In northern China, they’d send all yourselves to the gulag. In the southern part of the country, they’d eat the dog.

Thank you. You may all go back to your debate.

August 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(147) Nicki Stoneman says:

Chris Rock is just as evil & ignorant as Vick! I am so happy he lost his role in a movie! Maybe next time he won’t defend that devil Vick!

August 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(148) Penny Wyatt says:

There are so many comments that I could make right now but I must contain myself somewhat!!!! Chris Rock….you arent Human if you can make such a comment! (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

August 27, 2012 at 4:27 am
(149) Sonnet says:

Leave it to another comedian, ‘Comedian Kenny Kline’, to defend Chris Rock. Comics usually love their own humor so much that they can’t keep one of their precious gems to themselves no matter who it hurts. A great many of the comics I’ve met seem entirely unburdened by anything like conscience or compassion. No matter how witty or insightful they are, they’re stuck in 4th grade, laughing until boogers come out their nose when someone falls down the stairs or they get their teacher to sit on something sharp and painful.

It’s entirely disingenuous to deny the power humor has, not only to unite, but to excuse the unthinkable, marginalize the weak and normalize the unacceptable. By the time someone has laughed at an ugly joke you’ve gotten them to betray their own sense of decency and removed them one more step from knowing the right thing and feeling compelled to do it. Humor harms as much as it helps in the wrong hands, and far too many comics are so out of touch with their own compassion that they can’t help but steer others away from theirs.

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(150) DogDefender says:

Kenny – you have just joined my F-U SH*T LIST along with Vick & Rock & LENO!
Mrs. Pryor – You are my newest HERO!

August 28, 2012 at 1:27 am
(151) Gary DiNardo says:

I wonder if There were any negative consequences for Jamie Foxx when he took Michael Vick’s side by claiming it’s a ‘cultural thing’?

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November 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(157) john says:

Look folks. He did his time and now he is trying to live right. And Vick did apologize. It disturbs me that the same people who think Vick has no rights listen to Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, cheer for the Big Ben of the Steelers, go to Woody Allan movies, Sean Penn movies… and the list goes on. They get high and mighty but contradict the very platform they preach. Such a shame!

November 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(158) Kure says:

i think it is crazy for him to lose a roll over doing his job. He is a comedian who tells jokes. I am on the fence about the vick situation and i think american in general is hypocritical when it comes to animal abuse. Vic didn’t go to jail for torturing animals he went to jail for torturing mans best friend according to white americans. But how do you place a value on one animal and then dismiss the importance of others? Chickens, cows, sheep, crabs, fish, and other animals are tortured in america everyday but because they have only the value of food those deaths are not as important. Don’t think thats the same? Crabs are often cooked alive! But thats not worse then fighting dogs? Why not? Because we have accepted one evil as a society as being ok to do and condemned another. So people get their panties in a bunch about any wrong doing to dogs because that is the pet of the home that you would be more then willing to kill if it bit you showing it is the animal it was born to be but as long as it is cute and cuddly its safe. You catch be ready to send a man to jail for years over one animal but then turn around and allow hunters to shoot down helpless deer to slice their heads off and hang em up in their homes as trophies. Get it together. I don’t condone either action but if one is ok so should be the other because they are both actions of cruelty and should both be treated with the same degree of punishment or lack of punishment. Oh and Marlon Wayans as Richard Pryor? Come on now!

November 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(159) PittieL says:

Dogs don’t dislike someone for their race or gender unless they had been abused by such and in many cases they still don’t hold that grudge. Dogs have a sense to dislike someone for who they are. They can see someone better than people can. I would always trust my dogs opinion of someone, if they don’t like you…there’s a reason and I trust it.

November 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(160) Susan Gahagan says:

I like Chris Rock and I like Jay Leno. Because they are both comedians, and because some of the best comedians, including Richard Pryor, have often pushed the line about what is offensive vs what is acceptable, I will forgive the comments. However, Michael Vick is a vile human being who in my opinion was not adequately punished for his crime–which is why Rock’s and Leno’s comments were NOT funny and probably why Mrs. Pryor was so offended by Rock. I support her stance on this, if only to get the message out about the seriousness of animal abuse in general and dog fighting in particular. I think Marlon Wayans is probably better suited for the role anyway.

November 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(161) Susan says:

Sorry but Michael Vick didn’t serve one minute of jail time for what he did to those dogs. It was something completely different. Like gambling. The sick POS should have never been allowed back in Professional Football. Bad on you NFL.

November 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(162) Troy says:

@Comedian Kenny Klein, I don’t think anyone would mind if Rock’s jokes were aimed at Vic himself. They weren’t. He made light of the torture and abuse Vic inflicted on the dogs, and he targeted his “jokes” at the breed of dogs involved. That’s the big difference here. If Rock made jokes about women that have been raped would you find that acceptable? Don’t target the victims regardless of what species they might be.

November 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm
(163) Candace Burghardt says:

Thank you, Linda Pryor!

November 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(164) Wayne says:

I think that torturing any animal is horrible, but people in this country are hypocritical! Vick’s dogfighting was sadistic, but rodeos shocking bulls in the testicles to get them to buck more is ok? Cutting off tails and ears to give Dobermans a certain look or taping up a croc’s mouth so they can’t bite while they are transported against their will or training animals to jump through flaming hoops for our amusement…or even giving away puppies soon after birth (just because the animal can’t speak doesn’t mean they have no feelings)…humans have tortured animals forever, be it physically or emotionally! We consider ourselves to be the “top dog” in the world and what lesser animals think is unimportant! To isolate Vick and other dogfighters and not the people who run hunting preserves where you get to pretend you are the great hunter stalking and killing captive beasts, for example, is as wrong as the dogfighting itself!

November 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(165) Nora Jones says:

If he was touted as playing Richard Pryor in a movie, he would have to know that, along with his wife, Richard Pryor was a great animal rights activist, so it seems extra foolish to me. Also, even though some of the comments claim that he was not supporting Vick’s actions, he was treating the cruelly and suffering of the dogs in a completely flippant fashion, which is just as bad in my books.

November 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(166) anthony Gaskin says:

I agree with Jennifer Pryor end of story!

November 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm
(167) Mila says:

Bravo, Ms. Pryor!

November 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm
(168) ct witch says:

I do not believe Chris Rock was making a joke, he was making a social stand. He says dogs have never been good to black people. Well, what about all the ones that serve them, save thier lives, assist them and oh yeah, protect thier children? If he thinks pitbulls are not real dogs, maybe he needs to take a trip to a public shelter and be present as these emotionally beaten down bait dogs are brought in starved, abused and and injured. He can see the one longing for the little boy or girl that he used to sleep with and play with and protect. Be there as they cower in thier kennels with thier heads buried so deep in a cornor they refuse to look at anyone. Or the one that sticks his tongue through the wire of the kennel to try to give you kisses because he so longs for a attention of someone even for a few minutes… He can be there as the poor thing pleads for it’s life as they euthanise it. Then when he tells someone they aren’t real dogs, I will offer him the same fate.
Mr. Rock, I am going to say, you are not even a real human being.

Michael Vick, did not ” do his time” he did not get prison time for animal cruelty, he never said he was sorry. When someone tried to ask him about the dogs one he siad ” I don’t give a S*** about no dogs”. and pushed to reporter away. When he does time and feels remorse for the crimes against other living creatures, some others might forgive him.

If any commedian made social stand comments supporting Trayvon being killed there would be huge riots. Or about that poor girl that the taliban tried to kill because she stood up for and wanted girl to have education, or about the Austrailian guy that was visiting the US and got murdered by bored teen punks. That is just not something that should be on the hit list. There is a whole world of stuff to make jokes about, and some stuff you should not. It is called being kind.

November 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm
(169) Carolyn says:

Well said Mrs Pryor, well said

November 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm
(170) Linda says:

Thank you Jennifer Pryor.

November 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm
(171) Linda Race says:

Good for you Jennifer!!! Mr. Rock you are a POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

November 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm
(172) Connie says:

What Richard’s wife did was a wonderful thing and she stood up against something that was uncalled for and inhumane. There is absolutely nothing anyone can say that would condone the cruelty of Michael Vick. He clearly is a psycopath that is the poorest role model for children and for black people. If he wasn’t a good football player, he would be still in prison and forever unwelcome in society. Richard Pryor was a kind man that does not need to be associated with someone who can try to justify cruelty of that magnitude. Thank you for doing what is right and not allowing Chris Rock to make money while bringing unpleasant association to your beloved husband.

November 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(173) Tamarr says:

Klein, I agree that we shouldn’t take things out of context,but Rock wasn’t making a silly joke like driving with his feet was!

It’s .as if a girl was raped and a comedian said, so, she probably asked for it and besides she’s lucky, cause she’s ugly. Same kind of nasty comment that isn’t funny.

November 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(174) Michael R says:

Michael Vick is a comedian. If you dont like what he has to say, ignore him. What is the problem about him making a joke, again, he is in the business to joke about anything! Why is there no outrage about him when he joked of Martin Luther King Jr’s Boulevard? Good grief!

Vick is a POS, no doubt. But what Rock did was nothing and people have an opinion on comics? Then you must not have any sense of humor. Dont watch him if he offends you, but he is just kidding after all….

November 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm
(175) Connie says:

Vick is one of many who are sick I lived in Memphis and so much dog fighting goes on that the cops are afraid People have to protect their pets or the cops find dead dogs all the time on State Line Rd dead from being dog bait for fighting. So Sad. Also you see Blacks all the time on street corners with Pit Bull pups for sale so font say they are afraid of this breed of dog. The dogs are a great breed but these sick people give them problems.

November 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm
(176) RANDY ST. CLAIR says:

I like Chris Rock, but he was totally off base on these comments. Not only did Vick do all of the hideous things to these dogs he profited from it. He was never brought up on charges of Racketeering, which his illegal betting rings that had people crossing state lines to participate in meet the criteria. This could have brought a 30 or 40 year sentence in Federal Prison under the RICO Act. But like all Celebrities they are able to BUY favor with the court and receive a mere pittance of a punishment and come out as a Convicted Felons making millions. This type of behavior is ingrained (just like Child molesters) just because you go to prison for two years doesn’t cure you of your aberrant behavior. He hired a publicist (PR specialist) to write his book, it’s all window dressing to regain the public’s trust and forgiveness. He’s still the same sadistic, but wiser criminal that knows how to shirk the system so as not to be caught again.

November 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(177) Nanette Valencia says:

Good for you, Jennifer! I applaud you!

November 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(178) JD Moore says:

Chris rock is racist. He is all about blaming and mocking and never admitting. All of his standup is nothing more than bashing and insulting white people and he thinks its ok because he is black. His comments are no surprise and I hope he will be paying for it for a very long time.
Whatever career Chris Rock had before this will undoubtedly suffer. Give it a few days and he will be pack peddling and eventually, as he always does, blaming someone else for it.

November 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(179) Mike Goldman says:

First of all let’s be clear- vick only did time for financing the dogfighting operation-he went UNPUNISHED for the torture and murder. He is not the least bit sincere or contrite in his apologies-his little speeches to schoolkids were only done because they were court ordered and necessary for him to get back to the NFL. We not talking about forgiving him for robbing a 7-11. This was not a one-time occurrence- this horrific situation went on for SIX LONG YEARS. It’s not like vick experienced an epiphany and suddenly realized what he was doing was horrific and wrong- HE JUST GOT CAUGHT. If not then he’d still be involved. His earlier life experiences and surroundings have no bearing on his behavior-this is supposed to be a college educated adult. We live in the Philly suburbs- and refuse to support the eagles or any of their sponsors. Nike receives none of our business. The fact that some moronic judge actually allowed him to now have a dog is beyond insanity. Like letting a convicted child molester adopt a kid. Every week we hope the dirtbag plays and someone puts him in a wheelchair.

November 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(180) jradz says:

Rock is a rich douchebag who hasn’t been funny in a hundred years so fu*k him.

November 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(181) Katherine Lugenbeel says:

There is comedy and then there is callousness. I love a good joke but this is not funny by any stretch of the mind. What Vick did was and is wrong…he should never have been allowed to play football again for personal gain. I do not believe he is really sorry for what he did, only, like most folks who commit a crime, he’s sorry he got caught and may lose is mega income. Rock is no better. He could use his comedy to make a statement that would help protect these dogs instead he chose to make them not feeling and deserving of love and kindness. I sincerely hope Vick gets kicked out of pro ball and Rock loses all his jobs. I have no respect for either of them and sadly they being allowed to continue in their line of work is sending the wrong message to kids who look up to them as role models. I understand the history of African Americans and dogs…but that is history. African Americans are just as capable as any other race of learning and growing.

November 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm
(182) cindy says:

If Mr Rock really wanted to play Richard Pryor then he should have done his research. Richard Pryor was a huge animal advocate then maybe he would have kept his opinions to himself.

November 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm
(183) Krystyna611 says:

There are some things that just are NOT funny.

November 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm
(184) Sharon C. says:

Kenny Klein: Would you find it appropriate for someone to make jokes about a child being molested, raped, tortured, then killed? I didn’t think so.

There is nothing funny about what Vick did to those dogs. Laughing about it only minimizes the horror and makes light of it, which also ENCOURAGES others to do the same.

No one needs that scumbag as a role model.

November 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(185) Michele says:

Dog fighting is not a joke! These poor animals suffer at the hands of these POS owners.
Some things should not be a joke and this is one of them!

November 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(186) Randy says:

Every Sunday I pray that Michael Vick’s neck will be broken in half at his football game. I’m adding Chris Rock to my prayer list.

November 25, 2013 at 12:22 am
(187) Susan Woods says:

MV has never stated through words OR actions he regrets what he did. He stands by HSUS president who, like Vick is ONLY interested in padding his pockets more. If he REALLY regretted and wanted to make restitution he would downsize to what he is now worth financially and start donating to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who took the bulk of his dogs and rehabilitated them. As for Chris Rock, he is one of the biggest racists in the so called Entertainment Industry. If I said some of the things he’s said I’d have been tracked down and murdered!!!! Rock and Vick are two rotten peas in a rotten pod. And I too have lost all respect for Leno. He owes every single Pit Bull owner a public apology

November 25, 2013 at 12:31 am
(188) MIKE SMITH says:

NEVER CARED FOR THIS ASSJERK (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

November 25, 2013 at 12:36 am
(189) dis scott says:

How the hell would she know if Richard Pryor would not have laughed….. As I recall he didn’t care too much for her until he needed someone to take care of him… He probably would have smoked a crack pipe and said fight them things…. how she know….whatever ….. the man who knows is dead…. leave it at that…. she think she God….. shut the hell up!!!!

November 25, 2013 at 12:39 am
(190) Logan Rollo says:

So the role goes from one race baiter who likes Vick, to another race baiter who was smart enough to not speak up?

November 25, 2013 at 1:31 am
(191) Catherine Legier-Gwynn says:

Ok Chris Rock – I just heard that you think Michael Vick did nothing wrong. What about the dogs that he threw against a concrete wall and then beat them on the floor until their skulls were caved in? What about the pups that all they wanted was a loving home, who were put into cages and “made” to fight for Vick – all because he wanted the blood and gore?

You, Chris Rock have always been a great comedian, however, with your last bout of comments that “Vick did no wrong” – how about we put you in a 5×5 cage, you will not receive any water or food and get electrocuted or worse before you are made to fight another dog who has been tied up and their mouths taped shut – all in the name of Vick’s sport for monies.

It is not that Pit Bulls do not like blacks, I know many black people that actually own Pit Bulls – they are a great breed and very loyal to their master. They would die before they see their masters harmed. Wake up and smell the coffee – Chris Rock or would you like to spend some time in jail for “saying and doing what Vick did?”

Last but not least, Michael Vick does NOT deserve a second chance!!!
He never gave those poor pups a 2nd chance, why should we give him one. He is a criminal and a killer of a great breed.

It will be a cold day in H…..L before my family ever watches anything that you are in!

Take that to the bank and squeeze blood out of it!

November 25, 2013 at 2:41 am
(192) Julie says:

What a dick head!!!

November 25, 2013 at 8:30 am
(193) Blake says:

I don’t hear this as a “defense” of Vick. Chris is a comic. He makes people laugh by saying outrageous things. This sounds more like pointing out how egregious Vick is through parody.

November 25, 2013 at 8:43 am
(194) B. Hugh Byrom says:

The under informed and STUPID

November 25, 2013 at 8:46 am
(195) Paula Stephens says:

Anyone who could defend hanging a Dog beating it or torturing it any way has serious issues. There is nothing funny about it. I thought Ja y Leno would be the last one to defend Vick. I think Vick is a great football player. It is a real shame that anyone could hurt any dog or any animal.

It has been a proven fact as to how many lives dogs have saved. To me they are as defenseless a s a child or elderly person. I am glad that Richard Pryor’s widow took a stand with Chris Brown over this. That is what’s wrong with our country. Bullying hurting defenseless dogs, people. Where & when does it stop.

I don’t know but maybe they should look at some of the pictures of the dead dogs Vic killed. I do believe he did his time for the crime. So going back to football & living his life I have no problem with. Has he learned his lesson. I would like to believe he has. Time will tell. But animal cruelty is not a joke.

Jay Leno should look out. His face looks like a pit bull maybe someone will make a mistake & put him in a dog fight… Hmmmm I wonder who would win. Leno does not strike me as the type to defend animal cruelty. I have always thought of him as heartless. He probably would make a joke about his own Mother if It got him a laugh.

They need tougher laws & need to protect these animals. & no I am not talking about Leno. He is a complete different kind of animal. Dogs are to good to have him in there category.

November 25, 2013 at 9:28 am
(196) Paula says:

I was just reading over all the comments. I cannot believe for one minute that anyone could possibly joke comedian or other wise about what Vic did. It was down right in human plain & simple. Obviously it was not for the money, he made plenty! It was for the torture & thrill of watching these poor animals die in agony. He is totally responsible but did not do one day of jail time FACT. What he did jail time for was funding these fights.

Chris Rock & Leno are both comedians, if they have to use such a horrific act of violence to make jokes. Maybe it’s time they retire. Obviously they don’t have it any more if that’s what they succumb too. Yes everyone has freedom of speech. But something’s should not be said as a matter of decency & being compassionate towards such in human cruelty. Like rape, molestation, bullying, & animal abuse. Some things should just be off limits.

Anyone in all good conscious can joke or agree defend or take lightly what Vick did obviously has some serious problems. That’s why it keeps going on because of all you sick people that want to defend these cowards. That’s being kind. I hope all of you people that are defending these three. Vick, Chris Rock & Leno. Never lose a child or a really close friend. Because that’s what a dog thinks it is. Your family your Friend. Shame on all of you, any of you. That has or can excuse any of this.

Apparently there is something broken inside all of you as well. Look over your shoulders. Karma is a bit-h…

November 25, 2013 at 11:21 am
(197) Vicki says:

These dogs as so many others have been mis treated and thrown away like garbage. There is no humour in pain and suffering to creature that does only what the human pushes them to do. They are not born aggressive. They are born into the world as our children are. Then humans bring them up hopefully with the right guidance. We see when abuse is part of their learning it destroys their true nature! This in humans and animals. If Mr Pryors wife is not happy she has every right to say no!!

November 25, 2013 at 11:43 am
(198) teamvick says:

Yall ever heard of people making mistakes? Jesus Christ smh Vick did his time leave him alone! Yall got no lives if yall sit around talking about BS that happened 5yrs ago lol. Vick has to live with his mistake for the rest of his life. So what Chris defended him! Thats what u call a friend! Lol this comment about Vick not caring??? Are u kidding me! People like yall so ignorant u dont want to see nobody do good. But let it be one of ur family members, friends ud stick up for his/her ass. Do realize u people wishing death and etc., ur the ones that will have to answer to God when time comes. Lol thats why Vick and Rock millionairs living happy and yall just mad at yall bs life.

November 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(199) MasterFlash says:

Unfortunately Chris Rock got caught in two things: a bad joke, and expressing a stupid reverse racial opinion. I have many black friends, they love their dogs. But I friggin’ love Mrs. Pryor now. Had no idea she was so righteous!

Anyway, Rock is not exactly a stellar actor. I’m glad the role went to someone else. Too important a role not to.

November 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(200) Cthulhu says:

“Dogs have never been good to black people” – isn’t that playing the race card just a *little* too much? Somehow, I don’t think there are any local KKK chapters for bull terriers and other “mean” dogs. As for Vick – he was jailed on illegal gambling charges, nothing for cruelty to animals. What he did was an abomination and no, he doesn’t get a get out of jail card for torturing animals because “it’s part of his culture” (not sure who said that; either Whoopi or Oprah). Vick is amoral; he’d do it again if possible. He has no more regard for (animal) life than you or I do for yesterday’s newspaper.

November 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(201) Donna Winant says:

Chris Rock got away with battering Rhianna soof course he supports Vick breaking the law to batter and kill dogs.

November 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm
(202) Brian West says:

First of all, cruelty to animals is wrong. period. But I wonder how angry you people get over abortions? How much? Maybe you do then you would be justified in being angry about animal cruelty. Next, I am white not black what does that have to do with anything? nothing at all. Also, Mr. Vick served his time and deserves forgiveness and a second chance just as much as any other human being on this planet just like a woman who has an abortion. No excuse but nothing is wrong with forgiveness and a second chance. Now if it happens again the punishment must be more harsh.

November 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(203) terrell says:

Does joking really has their limits? I don’t remember Richard Pryor having limits. He joked about everything under the sun.

November 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(204) Aunt Jane says:

There is a difference between funny and stupid! There is nothing funny about abusing anything, animal or human!
These idiots are so full of themselves that they have no idea how stupid they really are!!

November 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(205) terrell says:

Donna- It was Chris Brown who got charge with the battering of Rhianna. Not Chris Rock.

November 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm
(206) Kate says:

It’s easy to say “Oh, he’s a comedian, it’s a joke, calm down.” But this stuff happens all the time. Gilbert Gottfried lost his AFLAK duckhood because he made insensitive jokes about the Japanese typhoon a few years ago. And you know what, they are comedians and what they do is joke…

BUT

Like everyone else who thinks they can just say whatever they want and it’s OK, sometimes the lesson learned is a hard one. For every idiot who posts drunken, half-nude pictures on Facebook and then wonders why they can’t get hired for serious jobs, for every famous person who opens their mouth and lets just any old thing come out, for every twit who doesn’t tip their server and instead writes something nasty on the bill… it matters. What you say and do matters. It colors how other people view you – both good and bad – and sometimes that will come back and bite you.

This is one of those cases. Chris Rock has every freedom to make jokes about whatever he likes. And if he offends someone, he then has to deal with the consequences. In this case, no Richard Pryor movie.

November 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(207) Patrick Keane says:

Richard Pryor’s wife? Which one. They should all vote and Chris would get the majority.

November 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(208) Katie says:

Kudos to Richard’s wife! She is exactly right. Dismissing his behavior only minimizes what Vick did and allows people to continue that behavior. I will always think that anyone who could do that to a defenseless animal will eventually escalate to the mistreatment of humans.

November 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm
(209) Mercedes says:

Thank you Jennifer for defending and standing up for the pit bull breed. Richard would be proud of you
I too stand up and defend the bully breed. And as for giving. Michael Vick a SECOND CHANCE! ARE YOU OUTYOF YOUR FREAKING MIND HELL NO!!! DO NOT GIVE HIM A CHANCE!

November 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(210) RICK says:

I think comics make me laugh – when they don’t, I WILL NOT whine about social injustice, and PC rights or wrongs…I just don’t laugh & wait on the next joke to be a better one – GEEEEZ?? *sigh*

November 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(211) Rob says:

I’m NOT condoning what Rock says…BUT I DO remember some PRETTY ‘ILLICIT’ humor from Mrs. Pryor’ husband back in the day(may he rest in peace) I’m not too sure that the ‘general humor’ that Richard was divulging to the public, didn’t have some ‘sore spots’..or ‘stepping on’ of certain folks ‘feet’ either….and Richard DID do plenty of ‘illegal’ stuff…;) Not saying that I am in any way, shape, or form in the same vicinity of being ‘perfect’…
Careful what we say and do to everyone!!!

November 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(212) BunnyBee says:

Funny how people will treat animals better than they treat humans. Many people will abhor what Vick did and be sick bigots and racist. How many people on this post spend thousands on pets but see homeless people and not help? Children abandoned, abused but on your page is 1000 freaking pictures of your lonely asses with dressed up animals…TRY HELPING THE HUMAN RACE.

November 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm
(213) Sins Folly says:

well that movie will be a flop and a waist of money….maybe she should get a perfect white dude to play Richard Pryor that way….she would have picked a man that never made a mistake and is truly above reproach and filled with moral fiber…..IJS..

November 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(214) patti f says:

Nothing about animal turturem rape and abuse is funny. Nor should it ever be used in a comical manner.

November 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm
(215) Dan says:

I couldn’t care less about Chris Rock but the really hilarious part of this is that people don’t think a guy that makes controversial jokes is worthy to play a former drug addict in a movie.

Constantly angry people.

November 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm
(216) Joanne says:

I’ve read the court transcripts of the Vick case, you can find it online, and it’s very disturbing. Vick ADMITTED to becoming sexually aroused when torturing, shooting, strangling and murdering these poor dogs… He is a waste of human flesh- football should be embarrassed!

November 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm
(217) georgiegirl says:

Sorry, to me there are certain subjects that are not and never will be funny. I like to laugh as much as the next person, but not at someone else’s misfortune.
There will always be people that will defend Michael Vick, and think he served his punishment, so he should now get a free ride. Some of us believe that Vick never got the punishment he deserved, and feel that he shouldn’t be playing professional football.

November 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm
(218) ramon says:

I believe that exist three class of people in eatth, the human who believe and is a good person, who treat pther humans as humans and animal as animal and known the difference between each other and give them the respect, dignity and compassion each deserve. The sick bastard that treat each one with cruelty and disrecpect. And the retard who think that animals need to ne treated as human, when the fact is he wiill eat you if food is’ n there.
I’m against of any kind of cruelty, but if you can make the difference between humans and animals, feel compassion for you in race, then shut the hell up. Go and live among animals and be treated as one.

November 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm
(219) Diane says:

If you think that animal torture is funny and you can joke about the horrific crime of making living, helpless beings suffer for a laugh, you should get punished for it. I’m so glad that Chris Rock got kicked off the movie. Learn some morals and get your priorities straight.

November 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm
(220) Joyce says:

Who the heck is Kenny Klein?? Thanks for putting “comedian” in front of your name to clarify that you are supposed to be funny. I would have guessed CPA. In regard to your comment #26, people are well aware that there will be things said and jokes made that will offend someone…well, Bill Cosby pretty much had me in hysterics and I don’t think he offended anyone…but for the most part it will happen. However, to try to justify or make light of a horrific crime like dog fighting is inexcusable. A seasoned comedian should be able to tell pretty quickly what is truly in poor taste. While we can’t control what a comic says, we CAN control what we allow ourselves to hear. I tuned Chris Rock out a long time ago because I found many of his “jokes” were seriously racist. To me, that’s not funny, so I don’t listen to him. I applaud Mrs. Pryor for staying true to her morals and character, and deciding that Chris represents something she doesn’t want associated with her husband’s name. That’s HER right. No one else has to like it, and some might be offended by it, but they can just choose not to see the movie.

November 26, 2013 at 8:54 am
(221) shawn33mari3 says:

Glad to hear that he has been held accountable….now looking forward to the day he is held accountable for their racism.

November 26, 2013 at 9:45 am
(222) Cally says:

Maybe if the dog was wearing a hoodie folks would’ve thought the joke was funnier!….My goodness yall it’s a joke…he didn’t hurt any dogs…and he was trying to make a point how those dogs are the same dogs that would go after black folks if they ran away from their “masters” and the same dogs that would accompany police when blacks would get hosed down in the street…

You gotta listen to the whole joke…sigh….A lot aint right in this world but throwing rocks at entertainers is in the wrong direction!

November 26, 2013 at 11:10 am
(223) Theresa Dufore says:

Chris Rock, I will NEVER spend another penny on one of your movies, and I hope you continue to lose parts because you open your ignorant mouth and don’t even have a CLUE what you’re talking about. You and your kind make me SICK. (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

November 26, 2013 at 11:33 am
(224) Travis says:

I find what vick did a horrible thing. But why is it seems animal rights groups and alot of you prob wouldnt have your panties in a wad if this joke was about someone killed or murdered then its all good seems to me right to free speach get over it why is an animal more important than a human. Right or wrong why woud animal cruelty get more years than a murderer or manslaughter, seems alot of you need to get your priorities straight

November 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(225) Cheryl Dove says:

Vic, you are a sick f***, and you need to still be in prison, not making mega bucks, very poor role model for anyone…

November 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm
(226) sagall says:

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha well you get it. Oh no I guess you didn’t ha get it?

November 27, 2013 at 7:27 am
(227) LucyWWJD says:

To Whom It May Concern: Joking about animals that are beaten and battered, fought, tortured, killed, and HUNG TO A TREE FOR DISPLAY – IS NOT A JOKE!! I do not care what your profession is. What Michael Vick did is pure and plain demonic. Yes he did the crime and did his time – but he truly never has repented for his barbaric actions. I have always liked Chris Rock but to joke about and support these actions of Michael Vick is inexcusable! Why not put your money where your mouth is and help SAVE SO MANY OF THESE THOUSANDS OF PITS WHO SIT IN OUR SHELTERS – WHO WILL BE KILLED JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE PITTS – WHO HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM DOG FIGHTERS – WHO HAVE BEEN TORN APART – BEATEN – RAPED (BY HUMANS AND DOGS – AS THEY TIE UP THE FEMALE SO SHE CAN NOT FIGHT HER SEXUAL ABUSER) AND PUT THAT MONEY UP TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES AND THE CHILDREN ABOUT THE TRUE MEANING OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND – THE NANNY DOG – THE PIT BULL. CHRIS – TAKE A WALK IN A FEW OF THESE “DOG SHELTERS” AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW MANY INNOCENT SOULS ARE THERE – NEGLECTED AND ABUSED – THEN KILLED EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE NO ONE HELPED SAVE THEM! Maybe use your fame and money to help save and rehome some of these dogs instead!!

November 27, 2013 at 10:27 am
(228) jon t banning says:

chris rock is a racist piece of CRAP and his material SUCKS

November 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(229) reallylame101 says:

Eventually, none of us will be able to have an opinion as it may offend someone. Everyone needs to find something else to do, like cook Thanksgiving dinner.

November 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(230) Ladyhawk21 says:

Vick did not spend one day in jail for animal abuse: his jail time was for racketeering. so he had not paid for his crimes and he also has a dog, which he was ordered to never own another dog

November 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(231) John B says:

Rock, You’re an idiot. Vick should NOT be playing pro ball. He is an ex-felon who served time for tourchering dog and killing dogs.

I have a friend who committed a crime. She took money from her family business. Was charged and convicted of a felony and served jail time. She cannot get a job at all because of that felony. Vick killed dogs for no reason what so ever, went to prison and he gets to play ball?? That is total B.S.. My friend didnt hurt anyone at all (other then her own family by taking money). He should be cleaning port-a-pottys at a traveling carnival show.

November 28, 2013 at 11:03 am
(232) funny will never die says:

We all live once. Enjoy it! Life is too short for all this bs….all of you butt hurt about mr rock’s comments..please remove the sand from your vaginas….it helps contain the high horse self righteous judgement you all are passing on these men….seriously who the f**k are you? Exactly you ain’t $**t so ctfu & leave em alone. I LOVE RICHARD PRYOR. He’s one of my idols but his wife is not….she can eat a heaping bowl of AIDS d***s for all I care.

November 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm
(233) Todd G says:

From 2001 to 2013 there have been 544 deaths from tasers. http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2009/05/taser-related-deaths-in-united-states.html What find most disturbing about this is that, i bet the majority of people would who are downing Rock and Vick probably think there is more injustice in DOGS being electrocuted than humans. I bet a few people on this list probably are for capital punishment as well.
My point here is that, although fighting, killing, torturing or otherwise abusing animals is a terrible thing, It seems some people have lost that same sympathy for people in many cases. Many people spend far more on the care of their dogs than many others can on the care of their children. To dismiss the cultural differences and compare it to Neo Nazis is a stretch. Lets reel it in and say millions of dogs are eaten per year in Asia and other places because that is “their” culture while here and elsewhere millions of cows are eaten per year because its “our” culture. Hundreds of millions of indians think “we” are wrong for eating these cows and there are plenty of people here that think the people eating dogs in Asia are wrong so to deny cultural differences about animal well fare in general is faulty in my opinion.

November 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm
(234) Todd G says:

So to finish my point about the cultural difference between the black and white in terms of dog fighting, I have burst a bubble here. The cultural difference isnt about race at all. Its a north vs south difference. Dog fighting started and thrived in America in the south for may years started by and for southern white men. I will name a few so whoever cares can look up the facts. (“Fat Bill” Reynolds, David Tant currently serving 30yr sentence, Floyd Boudreaux and many others) I think the issue now is that dog fighting has moved to urban centers and its run by mostly black males and this is the problem. Im sure there was outrage when dog fighting was a southern white”problem” but for some reason it didnt have the publicity that it does now that its black males in the cities and famous black athletes. So I conclude by revisiting my original thought. I think its a matter of priority that many people, especially blacks like Goldberg and Rock are trying to illustrate. Dog fighting and cruelty is terrible and we all know that but it seems there is more outrage to it than there is when humans are getting tasered to death and black youth gets executed in the streets from law enforcement and gang violence. We love our dogs here like they are people while other people eat them for lunch. My question is do we value the life of the dog on par with that of a human?? To some in the black community it seems that we value the dog more. I know this is the underlying point of Goldberg and Rock.

November 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(235) connie says:

Maybe this just goes to show that you probably shouldn’t just anything to gt a laugh. Rock should remember that not too long ago the same was said of his people. Doesn’t sound nice, does it? As for Vick. Why should he get a second chance, dogs or no, when most drugkings don’t. time served or not . Besides, Vick never apologized to the dogs, just the humans he thought he could bamboozle. I, for one, hope his life stays a hopless hell until he is truly sorry about what he actually did. TO THE DOGD, not his career!

November 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(236) connie says:

Rhonda:
While you sound intelligent, I have some doubts. I am from the south, so in that context, are there not things I should be able to explain away? Siting the context and such? Believe me, even as a child, no one in my house call blacks, the n word, fought dogs or chickens or said ti was great, lets dot it!
All that is said is because we live in a country where you can say it, but still there are those who claim America is the devil. Go ahead, keep saying what you are saying and I will defend to the death (my brother did) you’re right to say it, just not accept it as truth or right.

December 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(237) Linda Kay says:

Screw you Chris!!!

December 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(238) Frank says:

Chris, Jay, F U

January 2, 2014 at 2:21 am
(239) margaret says:

Chris rock thinks he’s funny making comments about other people. With Michael Jackson He and others start their comments about Michael and child molestation! This is so wrong to pick on people who are innocent of things: I get so disgusted about this, Michael was proven innocent on all counts. And Chris you ass let’s think of Michael’s kids!!! Idiot. Can’t you come up with other jokes are you that bad a comedian; Ya I know so!

January 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm
(240) Youtellme says:

does comedy not stem from tragedy?(sometimes)

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