Twitter started an uproar when the Academy Awards revealed its nominees who were all white for second year in a row, despite the success and acclaim of films like Creed and Straight Outta Compton. Many also called for Rock to step down as the show’s host.
Rock has been increasingly known for speaking out against racism in Hollywood and with his monologue he took it a step further during the biggest award show for films — or as he called it “the White People’s Choice Awards.” However, that doesn’t mean that the poignant monologue didn’t come with some criticism towards the boycott itself.
“I’m sure there were no black nominees for some of those years. Say ’62 – ’63, and black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time,” said Rock who then went on to describe how lynchings and civil rights were a number one priority for black people during earlier days of the Oscars ceremony.
Although we don’t agree that fighting for deserving films with diversity to be acknowledged isn’t a “real thing” to protest, we can certainly agree that black people may have been preoccupied with intense tragedies for years.
Rock also took a jab at Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was one of the many stars to boycott the Oscars and is currently on FOX’s Gotham.
“Jada said she’s not coming, protesting. Don’t she have a TV show?” said Rock. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties: I wasn’t invited.” Hilarious.
But after all the claps and giggles, Rock got down to the real root of Hollywood’s racism.
“Is it ‘burning cross’ racist? No. Is it ‘fetch me some lemonade’ racist? Nah. It’s a different type of racist,” said Rock. “Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood’s racist. It ain’t like the racist you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”
Despite Rock’s engaging monologue and Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning the golden statue for Best Actor of the Year — the Oscars continued their eight year viewership decline. This year’s award fell 6% in viewership since last year, according to Deadline.
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