Everyone’s been buzzing about this year’s 88th Academy Award nominees, or rather about the lack of black nominees. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been making its rounds online, as people showed support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
So as host Chris Rock, 51, took to the stage with his opening monologue at the Oscars awards, it was obvious from his very first words that he would not let this slip by unnoticed. Delivering one of his most controversial, yet hilarious monologues, Chris hopped on from one issue to another all centered on the issue of racism in Hollywood.
‘Is Hollywood racist?’ he asked. ‘It’s a different kind of racist’ Chris announced, describing Hollywood as ‘sorority racist; it’s like, we like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa!’ He went on saying that for 88 years, the Academy Awards have been celebrated, and suspected that the lack of black nominees must have happened at least 71 times. And why didn’t black people protest about it? ‘We had more important things to protest; we were too busy being raped and lynched to worry about who won for Best Cinematography.’
Chris simply did not let one issue pass by unnoticed. He congratulated Will Smith for his movie ‘Concussion’ saying it’s unfair that he was that good and yet did not get nominated, and went on jokingly saying that there should be a black category in the Oscars; after all, there are men and women categories! Chris didn’t seem to approve of this either; ‘it’s not like Robert De Niro is like, I need to slow down so Meryl Streep can catch up.’
Chris, however, finally said that not everything is about sexism and racism! He was joking about the #AskHerMore initiative, where hosts are requested not to ask about what a woman is wearing but rather ask her more, like they ask men more. But he said that men are asked more because they’re all wearing the same outfits, and if George Clooney came “with a lime green tux…” someone would definite ask what he’s wearing!