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Chris Rock's Oscars 2016 Opening Monologue Skewers Oscars So White Backlash (Video)

Chris Rock's Oscars 2016 Opening Monologue Skewers Oscars So White Backlash (Video)

Chris Rock had a lot to say about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy during his opening monologue at the 2016 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 28) in Hollywood.

“Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People Choice Awards. If they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job,” the 51-year-old comedian started off the monologue. “This is the wildest, craziest Oscars to ever host. You have all this controversy… I though about quitting, but I realized they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway… The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”

Chris brought up the backlash that the Academy received when only white actors were nominated this year and questioned why people finally are lashing out this year.

“Why this Oscars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole ‘no black nominee things’ has happened at least 71 other times,” Chris said. “You have to figure it happened in the 50s, in the 60s… And 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 best cinematography. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, you’re too busy to care about winning best documentary short.”

FYI: Chris is wearing a Burberry tuxedo, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Martin Katz cuff links.

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  • Sandy McFarlane

    I LAUGHED, every white person in the audience looked so uncomfortable lmao

  • Camila C.S. Oliveira

    Loved it!

  • Joher

    Someone had to say it.

  • Maggie P.U.

    Funny…. 1. It was Jaime Fox who said “Act better” in regards to the situation. 2. It isn’t about race, but how you are in your craft… Funny here also when Will Smith for example won awards nothing was said abot diversity…nor was anything said when Denzel Washington won and so on. Nothing is said about BET and Tyler Perry and Spike Lee and their all Black movies… WHO CARES. It is about character and the way you come across. I was born in Harlem…..and proud of the fact I went to school and made something of myself. Yes, rough…but at the same time I was not about to say “Because I am black…..” or whine or get upset because one time I was recognized for my work, then the next wasn’t. I applied myself more. Again, not about race but who we are as a person and what we see in the mirror.

    And there are quite a few more. Just his interviews google “Jaime Foxx Act better” Interview. He is not the only Black actor to say this.

  • Maggie P.U.

    IMO they looked fine….. As did everyone else in the audience. But, I watched it for the presentation of the awards not to single out skin color. Glad you watched.

  • Dimme

    Just watched it, my God people who had to sit through that probably wish Chris Rock had boycotted, so boring and even worse.. unfunny, nothing insightful just whining.

    Barely 13% population and 15 minutes at a major awards show taken over by one issue, whining that a black person wasn’t nominated for acting.
    Couldn’t even argue they don’t get work, same breath he’s saying Kevin Hart makes more movies then porn stars or Will Smith gets 20 million for crappy movies and still constantly works.

    What a self -serving, entitled, ridiculous segment of the population, that’s getting worse not better.
    Shit like this just makes want boycott all their projects.

  • Christopher I. Gomes

    It wasn’t funny and he seemed like he was real nervous.

  • smmy33

    Watching this you realize the radicalization of the Oscar’s, this is going become like every other award show, watched by few million.
    Their values are so wacked, imagine you’re police officer you have watch over paid, celebrated clowns laugh at a joke about police being racist randomly killing people when in just last 4 weeks over 10 cops have been gunned down in America. And the Oscar ceremony itself has more cops & security protecting these clowns then Fort Knots.

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  • Sim

    Chris Rock hasn’t been funny in years. Fuck Chris Rock

  • dalovelee

    It’s nothing to do with acting better. If the members of the Academy are nominating actors are all white…no matter how well you act, they will be less inclined to nominate a person of color over one of their own. That’s why the president of the Academy said they are working on changing how the nomination of actors can begin to be more divers. The system is set up to work against people of color. Serious do you believe that all the actors in Hollywood ONLY white people are the better ones..Not even asians, Chinese, Korean, or Hispanics..No it’s white members deliberately not bothering to look at people outside of what they are familiar with. It’s kind of odd that white people in 2016 are still even comfortable not having anyone of color being represented. When these actors surely work alongside some stellar talent that’s not just white.

  • Whereyrwter

    The Percentage of the U.S. population that are White is about 62%
    14 % are Black. Yes. 38% are not white So yes there is definitely a disparity in Movies against non-white ethnic groups. They should pick people who are the best for the role. Hollywood cannot stop seeing color. Chris Rock was direct, funny and on point. It was all so funny. A little too much after the first hour though. The token blacks in the audience looked more “token” and the whites looked more white. At least people are talking. Change will happen. I like Leo but I agree, why does he get most of the big roles. Can no one see his Inception role played by a Chinese girl or an Latino guy?

    Hollywood likes to portray that whites created yoga, martial arts, Egyptian pyramids… Keeps Americans dumb.

    I follow what the Asians do – just be more educated, stay kind and humble, and grab the opportunities. Faith everyone.

  • Steve Hopkins

    All these people griping about politics in the Oscars need to put a sock in it. Without the drama it’s just another crappy awards show. Chris Rock did a decent job making my people squirm a bit, and it did my black-leaning heart good. The next morning though, it was still a white man’s world, and I was still a white man. Bully for me.

  • Whereyrwter

    One thing that may negatively impact Chris Rock’s cause is his singular note to the diversity issue as only a black issue. Did he mention Latinos? How he stereotyped Asians as silent accountants is just sad. Asians, in general, are conservatiive and very hard working. They focus on family, respect honor. But they are not silent. Neglect on Rock’s part on the general topic may alienate his goal leading to others to gain opportunity. Look how these communities are evolving in the U.k. And South Africa. Lesson to Rock. Evolve your community man but also see the world as a collective, otherwise in the future, it will may not just be a white man’s hollywood you will be complaining about.

  • Maggie P.U.

    Character not color….The “excuse” because I am Black needs to stop and things need to be looked at. Not saying it is not out there, but we all regardless of color are responsible for our choices and actions.