Chris Rock Acts Out!

It’s becoming more apparent every day that Andrew Breitbart’s successors are determined to offer America a font of unintentional humor (at least I think it’s unintentional!). The latest episode involves a “celebrity ambush” of comedian Chris Rock, who when upbraided for his famous comments on the possible racism of Tea Party activists, proceeded to behave like, you know, Chris Rock. Gaze in awe:

The New York Times bestselling author of the explosive new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama’s Biggest Backers, Jason Mattera, had his crew’s camera snatched and hurled by comedian Chris Rock when he asked the star why he has called the Tea Party racist…

“I was stunned,” said Mr. Mattera in an exclusive interview with Big Hollywood. “Tea Party members get called the worst things imaginable and still remain peaceful. But ask a big Hollywood celebrity to explain himself and the guy goes ballistic, wrestles the camera away from my camerawoman, chucks it 50 feet, and then challenges me to a fight. It’s unreal. And it perfectly illustrates why I decided to investigate and write Hollywood Hypocrites.”

The confrontation, which took place around 2:00 a.m. on January 23, 2012, at Spike Lee’s Sundance Film Festival after party at Tao night club, ended with Chris Rock challenging the conservative author to a fight, says Mr. Mattera:

“Chris Rock shouted, ‘You want to throw down? Let’s throw down right now!’

There’s video, too, but all it presents other than extended ads for Mattera’s book is a lot of Blair Witchy camera shaking, Rock politely letting Mattera pose for a picture with him, and then some more violent camera shaking.

If this is the kind of dynamite with which the Breitbart empire is going to destroy godless liberalism, they’d do better just holding up a sign that says “Bang!” And for sure, next time they decide to ambush a celebrity, they might want to learn a little something about said celebrity’s shtick.

I can’t wait to hear Rock’s side of the story, in his next tour or TV special.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.