Liberals are fawning over one comedy bit at the Oscars, but where’s the joke?
Actresses Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph prefaced their presentation of two short film awards with a routine that poked fun at the #OscarsSoWhite movement, reassuring the audience that “there are so many white people to come.”
The stars took the stage with their shoes in hand, complaining that their feet hurt after wearing high heels all day.
“I’ve been wearing these shoes since 11:00 this morning,” Haddish said. “How long have you been wearing your shoes?”
“Since the Critics Choice Awards,” Rudolph replied, referencing the January event. She went on to joke that her “pinky toe fell off.”
It didn’t take long for the comedy to turn racial–to the roaring laughter of the celebrities in attendance.
“We are so happy to be here, but a little nervous, too, because a few years ago, people were saying that Oscars were so white. And since then, some real progress has been made,” Rudolph continued.
“But when we came out together, we know some of you were thinking, are the Oscars too black now?” Haddish interjected.
“But we just want to say, don’t worry. There are so many white people to come,” Rudolph quipped.
The actresses noted that there were many white people “backstage”–and not just stars.
“There are white people walking around with headsets, white people with clipboards,” Haddish told crowd, and didn’t think twice about expressing strange disapproval of whites with clipboards.
“I’m personally not a fan of white people with clipboards, because I always wonders, what are they writing down about me?”
“Oh yeah. And when they’re like ‘I’m sorry, you’re not on the list.’ And they didn’t check all the pages. I’m like, ‘hey white dude the clipboard, check all the pages.'”
“And what about when they on the headset and you like, who are they talking to?” Haddish added.
Right. Because using a clipboard or headset is only bad when white people do it.
After their brief performance, the pair presented the awards for Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film to the makers of “Heaven is a Traffic Jam” and “The Silent Child,” respectively.
Haddish had turned heads on the red carpet with an elaborate gold-studded dress. She ultimately dressed down before taking the stage.
Rudolph was seen arriving at the awards show with her partner, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who received a directing nod for “Phantom Thread.”
The comedy routine received widespread acclaim from liberal moviegoers and media outlets, with many calling for a film starring the two actresses and others suggesting they take over hosting duty from Jimmy Kimmel.
Any writer who didn’t immediately sprint out of that auditorium to write Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph a buddy comedy is worth nOTHING
— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) March 5, 2018
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 5, 2018
Is it too early to nominate Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph for hosts of the 2019 Oscars?
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 5, 2018
Would anyone have any objections if Kimmel just graciously turned over the rest of the night to Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) March 5, 2018
I know it's lazy to just be like "these two people onstage need to be in a movie together!!" but………Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish really should be in a movie together. And a miniseries. And a TV show. And on a spoken word album.
— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) March 5, 2018
Not everyone was a fan. Other viewers took issue with the actresses’ focus on race and described the routine as “cringe-worthy.”
funny, how? Really,how were they funny, just more stero typucal behavior
— Kaos Reigns (@ccmedina54) March 5, 2018
These two racists were adorable. Bashing white people is so cool.
— Fun Friend (@SunShineTime9) March 5, 2018
white people yellow people purple people green people …jus crazy!! sick of it!!
— HereNgone (@uwheresaying) March 5, 2018
Seemed too racialist though… #cringe
— Jolan (@fang771) March 5, 2018
Oscars propagandize the world view of powerful people in Hollywood
— James Polk (@Venus_Strand) March 5, 2018
Because they can only talk about race and the plotting of the white folks backstage?
— Bevfefe (@Bev_Graham) March 5, 2018
I thought celebs were supposed to be attractive or talented?
— Ian Brooks (@ogufcfan) March 5, 2018
— Bruce Lambert (@bruce_lambert) March 5, 2018