Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 10:53 p.m. EST
Chris Rocks Oscars With Iraq War Joke
Comedian Chris Rock may have pushed the envelope a bit too far during his Oscar night opening monologue, invoking U.S. combat deaths in Iraq as part of a routine meant to satirize President Bush's allegedly poor job performance.
Rock began the segment by comparing Bush to a clothing store salesclerk.
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"Now just imagine you worked at the Gap," he told the audience. "You're $70 trillion behind on your register, and then you start a war with Banana Republic, cause you say they got toxic tank tops over there."
Then Rock directly invoked U.S. Iraq war dead.
"You have the war, people are dying - a thousand GAP employees are dead. That's right - bleeding all over the khakis. You finally take over Banana Republic and you find out they never made tank tops in the first place."
If the Tinseltown audience was offended, it certainly did show it. Rock's Iraq war joke was greeted by howls of approval.
But a few minutes later Rock himself seemed to sense he'd gone too far, and he added a few non-satirical comments about U.S. forces:
"I just want to send some love out to all our troops fighting all over the world for freedom right now," the suddenly serious comic said. "That's right, let's give it up for our troops."