Chris Rock Calls for 'Supreme Court of Science' to Decide Public Health Issues
Actor argues that public health matters should be free of politics
Actor Chris Rock is calling for a "Supreme Court of Science" to be established to make decisions on public health matters that are free of politics.
Rock made the call while speaking with Deadline about his season of FX’s “Fargo.”
He argued said that scientific and environmental issues should be free from political agenda.
The comedian was asked about the presidential election but didn't appear to show any enthusiastic leanings towards President Donald Trump or Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
He did note, however, that President Trump has exposed cracks in the system that must be fixed.
When prodded about the prospect of Biden winning the election, Rock said he "would hope" that the former vice president would "institute some scientific department — like, the Supreme Court of Science, just for the lack of a better name — that would be in charge of anything medical or environmental.”
"Basically, I would hope that the government instills a mechanism so that, if there’s ever anything environmental or medical, this mechanism would take over — thus, eliminating politics out of a life-and-death situation.”
Chris Rock then compared President Trump to a whitehat hacker that security experts hire to find cracks in a system, hoping that the crack can be repaired.
"Because we didn’t just experience a pandemic," Rock said.
"You know, Donald Trump did this thing…
"Like, when security companies build new locks or security systems, they hire crooks to show you the weaknesses of the system," the comedian explained.
"Well, Donald Trump showed us the weakness of our government,” he said.
Rock said that the responsibility now lies with “Congress and the Senate to get rid of those weaknesses — to instill safeguards that actually protect us from unqualified mad men and mad women so that we never have to be at the mercy of a person that does not exhibit empathy and competence.”
He also admitted to not “jumping for joy” at the prospect of a Biden presidency.
“I don’t know. When [the media declared Biden's victory], I wasn’t jumping for joy," he said.
"I was like Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away’; I just wanted to hug Helen Hunt.
"You know, he’s not jumping for joy when he sees the ship.
"He’s just like, ‘Where’s Helen Hunt, man? I’ve been eating coconuts for years. Can I just f***ing hold Helen Hunt?’”
“How do I feel? I mean, I’m kind of optimistic,” he continued.
"I just hope that all that’s happened, that this whole year was not in vain, and that people and the government doesn’t just go back to business as usual."
During the same interview, Chris Rock said that the pandemic forced him to look inward during his free time and to think about how to relate with his teenage daughters.
“You know, with this pandemic, it’s like, what are you going to do with this free time?” he said.
"I wanted to make the most of the free time, and I just thought working on me would be the best use of it, especially having teenage daughters.
"Anybody that has teenagers will tell you, you’re going to lose them at some point. It’s going to be hard at some point.
"So, you know, I went through some stuff with my kids, and you learn it’s not just about lashing out.
"It’s about looking in."