Comedian Chris Rock gave what has to be both the most monotonous and racially-charged Academy Award monologue in its entire history — it was 10 minutes of nothing but one #OscarsSoWhite joke after another.
Then for the cherry on top, he shouted out “Black lives matter!” at the end.
Rock hit the audience right out of the starting gate.
“Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that montage,” he said. “Hey, well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the white People’s Choice Awards. You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. Y’all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.”
But a lot of his monologue wasn’t at all funny. It was peppered with political opinions fueling the racial divide in America – or more accurately bashing “racist” whites and cops.
“You know, this year, the Oscars, things are going to be a little different. Things are going to be a little different at the Oscars,” he said. “This year, in the in memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot on their way to the movies. Yes. Yes. I said it. All right?”
Rock did take a mild swipe at Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress who began a boycott of the event with this indulgent rant.
Here’s what he said:
But what happened this year? What happened? People went mad, you know? Spike got mad and Jada went mad and Will and everybody went mad, you know? Like — Jada got mad, Jada says she’s not coming, protesting, I’m like — doesn’t she have a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited. Oh, that’s — it’s not an invitation I would turn down. But I understand, I — I’m not hating. I understand you’re mad. Jada is mad. Her man was not nominated. I get it. I get it. You get mad. Said it’s not fair that Will was this good and doesn’t get nominated. You’re right. It is also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for “Wild Wild West,” okay? Okay?
The #OscarsSoWhite controversy began when, for the second year in a row, the nominating committee, chaired by an African-American woman, didn’t nominate a single black artist in any category. Soon thereafter, people announced they were boycotting the event.
Even President Obama felt the need to weigh in on the so-called controversy.
Eventually the committee caved and promised to become “less male and less white” in their nominations.
So maybe it’s not about talent after all — maybe it’s about diversity.
Underscoring that notion, the crowd cringed when the academy’s first minority outreach director was named and brought onstage: conservative black actress Stacey Dash.
I guess being black doesn’t count if you’re a conservative.
Watch the monologue, via NewsBusters.
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