Everyone was waiting to see how Oscars host Chris Rock was going to address the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees. He didn’t hold any punches, opening the show with: “I counted at least 15 black people in that montage” referencing the opening of the televised awards show.
The comedian also addressed calls for him to quit the Oscars.
“Last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart. I don’t need that,” he said, adding that the show would have gone on without him.
The Smiths were also the subject of Rock’s monologue.
“What happened this year? Jada’s going to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited! It’s not an invitation I would turn down.”
But what stood out the most to us was the part where Rock explained why the lack of diversity in Hollywood is just now getting the publicity it deserves.
“When your grandmother’s swinging from the tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short,” he said to a laughing audience.
Not funny, but poignant. Considering the last recorded lynching in the United States was in 1981, Rock’s zinger really rings true.
“Black people did not protest. Why? because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.”
The two-time host also addressed sexism, specifically the debate over whether reporters should ask women what they’re wearing on the red carpet.
“Not everything is racism. Not everything is sexism. If George Clooney shows up in lime green with a swan coming out of his a**, someone’s going to ask, what are you wearing?”
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