Every moment that passes, each second that ticks off of the clock, the mask gives way to an ugly truth most people never want to confront.
Like Dorian Gray's hidden portrait, this mask has repressed a truth so vile, so macabre, few people will be able to stomach it when they see it.It will knock them over.Many will turn their head at the horror; but like a gruesome car crash, it's only natural—instinctive—to want to take a look.It's Chris Rock's turn to show us this image.
Everyone Will Be Talking About Chris Rock's New Netflix Special, Esquire, February 14, 2018It's been a shitty few years for America, years when Chris Rock's hilarious outrage was not only needed, but necessary. While we haven't seen much of him—he's been dealing with a messy divorce recently—he has been around in subtle ways. He appeared in an essential post-election SNL sketch detailing that infamous November night in 2016. He helped Aziz Ansari craft a powerful SNL monologue, and he made a few late-night appearances softening our Trumpian reality.But Tamborine, his surprise new Netflix special, gets everything out that's happened to Rock and the country recently. It's more of a therapeutic release than anything else, and if you're in the mood to just release it all with a grin, then Tamborine is crucial.After a fitting and brief opening to Thundercat's "Them Changes"—"Nobody move, there's blood on the floor"—Rock makes his statement immediately. Here's his opening joke:You would think cops would occasionally shoot a white kid just to make it look good. You would think that every couple of months they’d look at their dead nigga calendar and go, "Oh my god, the 16th—we gotta shoot a white kid quick." "Which one?" "The first one you see singing Cardi B."Then he continues: "I want to live in a world with real equality. I want to live in a world where an equal amount of white kids are shot every month. I want to see white mothers on TV crying."Ladies and gentlemen, the mask is slipping. Chris Rock has his knives sharpened. He has just—on Netflix—called for the killing of white kids.A lot of white people have tried to make this experiment work; but when looking at the picture of race relations in America, a disturbing hidden pictures emerges. Rock just showed it to us.