Chris Rock Calls Jason Kidd Gay, Confuses Social Media

Twitter and Facebook users laughed, riffed and scratched their heads after the comedian's early-morning quip.

Chris Rock (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Chris Rock (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(The Root) — It would be safe to assume that most of what comes from Chris Rock’s Twitter feed is a joke, but when he tweeted, “I’m so proud of Jason Kidd for coming out of the closet and announcing that he’s Gay. This is a great day for sports,” the morning after NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay, not everyone was laughing.

Although plenty of folks were amused, some thought the statement was an unfunny joke, others genuinely thought he’d mixed up Kidd and Collins, and others took it as a breaking-news item about Kidd, who lent support to Collins yesterday and plays for the New York Knicks. He posted the same comment to his Facebook page, garnering similar results. Too soon, perhaps?

Here’s a collection of reactions: