Chris Rock Offends 'Saturday Night Live' Viewers With Boston Marathon Jokes (VIDEO)

For the first time in a looooong time, last night's Saturday Night Live wasn't just funny -- it was hilarious. SNL owes one person for that: comedian Chris Rock, whose shocking opening monologue included jokes about the Boston Marathon bombing, 9/11 and New York City's Freedom Tower.

But for every person who laughed and enjoyed Rock's ability to find the lightness in such incredibly dark topics, there was a person who took offense to his jokes. Some people are arguing that death and tragedy is simply NOT funny and that Rock crossed the line.


Speaking about the Boston Marathon attack, Rock called it "scary" and said, "I love Boston. I love the people there, but that was probably the most frightening, sadistic terrorist attack ever. Just think about it -- 26 miles! People jogging for 26 miles, their knees are hurting, their feet are killing them, if you're a woman, there's blood coming out your titties. You've been training for a year, you finally get to the finish line, and somebody yells, 'RUN!'" 

The SNL alum then remarked about the Freedom Tower, which has recently been constructed where the Twin Towers once stood: "They should change the name from the Freedom Tower to the 'Never Going in There Tower,' 'cause I'm never going in there. Who's the corporate sponsor, Target? They put another skyscraper in the same spot? I am never going in the Freedom Tower."

Anyone watching a show hosted by Rock had to realize he was going to push the envelope a little bit, but that's what makes him one of the best comedians out there right now. He isn't afraid to include smart social commentary into his gags and he isn't scared of touching so-called taboo topics.

Check out his monologue and let us know what you think:

Were Chris Rock's jokes offensive or funny?

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