Chris Rock began the night as host of “Saturday Night Live” with a controversial monologue that tackled both the Boston Marathon bombings and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.
On the Boston bombing, Rock said it must take a special kind of evil to target people running a marathon, because, as he put it, the last thing you want to shout to people as they’re coming up on the last leg of a 26-mile marathon is “Run!”
Rock also found it strange that another tower was built on the site of the last tower that was attacked by terrorists in New York, and said he would never go in there, even if there was a naked Scarlett Johansson with ribs on hand.
As Uproxx noted, the monologue was divisive among viewers, but not everyone was offended. Cast member Pete Davidson, whose father was a firefighter who died on Sept. 11, tweeted support for Rock on Sunday:
Chris Rocks monologue was brilliant!! I'm not offended at all. Funny is funny!!
— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) November 2, 2014