Chris Rock tackles #OscarsSoWhite controversy at 88th Academy Awards

Chris Rock says Hollywood is racist

Chris Rock tackles Oscars controversy.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — The 88th Academy Awards have been submerged in hot water ever since it was announced that, for the second consecutive year, all the acting nominees are white — triggering ‪#‎OscarsSoWhite‬ protests and demands for a boycott. As expected, host Chris Rock tackled the issue head on — quipping about the impending “White BET Awards” in a promotion for the ceremony last month. “Welcome to the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the white people’s choice awards,” said the 51-year-old comic during his controversial opening monologue. “You know, if they nominated presenters, I wouldn’t get this job!”

Rock, who called Sunday night’s event the “White People’s Choice Awards,” said diversity in the film industry wasn’t a big deal in the 50s and 60s because blacks had “real things” to protest. “Now the thing is, why are we protesting? That’s the big question, why this Oscars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole ‘no black nominees’ thing has happened at least 71 other times,” he cracked.

“You got to figure that it happened in the ’50s in the ’60s, you know in the ’60s one of those years Sidney [Poitier] didn’t put out a movie. I’m sure there were no black nominees one of those years and black people did not protest.”

“Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time,” Rock added. “Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cinematographer. When your grandmother is swinging from the tree, it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short.”

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  1. Blacks today should be ashamed of themselves for making this such an issue. Do they have the fire hoses turned on them? Are they getting the dogs turned loose on them? Oh no, a black millionaire didn’t get a gold statue. Even if a black was nominated and won, they would be sitting at home in the projects saying they aren’t black enough, whatever that means. Kids are getting shot at and this is what blacks are focusing on? Disgusting.

    Did they really think Kevin Hart put in an Oscar winning performance in Ride Along 2? This isn’t an Academy issue. Why aren’t more producers making movies that could star black actors in serious, Oscar winning roles? That is what needs to be fixed.

    But hey, that sounds hard, just stick your hand out and pretend like you deserve it.

  2. This will be the last of black power demonstrations. They don’t realize they’re gaining more hate than support. Obama curse.

  3. Can we shut up about this race issue? A black woman won best-supporting actress only last year. Jennifer Hudson, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer – winners in the main acting categories these past ten years. Tired of blacks moaning and groaning. They have Affirmative action and advantages no one else has – why do things ALWAYS turn out the same for them? They should look in their communities and start there. I am over this – ENOUGH!!!

  4. In 2014 black people only made up about 12% of the population of the United States while white people made up about 62%. Isn’t it extremely arrogant how African Americans act like they deserve to have the representation of the full other 38%? There are other races too! I’m pretty sure around 12% of the nominations at the Oscars were black anyways, so what’s the problem? Black people are over-represented! Where’s the outcry for the poor Latino actors, or the Chinese or Inuit? Do black actors think they’re better than Chinese or Latino actors?

  5. I am glad Chris Rock just got everyone to see a little sense. Also Black people have not made any good movies this year so….. I respect there is an under representation in the industry but when you do a Oscar worthy performance check back with me ok. Last one for me was either Ray or Denzels performance as Malcolm X. Jamie Foxx won for Ray and Denzel got a nomination. THEY were worthy of oscar performance. But these films that Ice Cube and Kevin Heart make. Can we seriously expect them to win Oscars!

    I would not want my boss at work to promote me for being of colour! Promote me for my hard work and dedication. The argument of bias is credible but maybe bring this up when a worthy black performance has been had in the last 12 months.

  6. Based on the last 15 years, 9 out of 60 winners were black. That is 15% when black people only represent 13% of the US population and about 10% of the major roles in Hollywood productions. Take into account that many of the nominees are european where black people are even less represented. Statistically based on the last 15 years, you’re more likely to win an Oscar if you’re a black actor working in Hollywood than if you’re a white actor working in Hollywood. But the Oscars are so racist right.

  7. ooxxVICTORxxoo

    Gimme ma Oscah bitch I m black nigga I deserve it!

  8. Sorry but kevin hart would of killed it as a host…he would get real laughs not forced fake laughs like some of celebs were doing…for some reason I could never truly laugh at chris jokes..

  9. Chris Rock is my kinda nigga

  10. The close of Black History Month and Chris is the clowning blacks being lynched and raped …..very disappointing. Never a good time to laugh at such atrocities.

  11. I only watched some of it and didn’t find Chris Rock funny at all. That short segment where he interviewed blacks in Compton made them appear ignorant and stupid. I don’t think you have to be white to have seen at least one of the Oscar-nominated movies. There has been so much buzz around them that you would think those who complained the most about the Oscars would have checked out one movie. The fact that none of the interviewed blacks were aware but had the audacity to claim that they were upset when the controversy erupted only goes to show why many other racial groups are quickly disassociating themselves from supporting any black cause. Blacks will vote blindly, they will march ignorantly, and they will support any stupid cause that is black-related without knowing all the details. I do not put my name, my face, or my reputation behind stupidity. Unfortunately, even in 2016 that is what many blacks have become even amongst themselves.

  12. dont see what’s wrong…… he is only telling the truth….. blacks need to chill out

  13. Chris Rock is officially an Uncle Tom

  14. all of these awards shows suck

  15. Face it, whites are better actors.

  16. Why is it just african americans being portrayed as the victims here? I mean asians, hispanics, muslims, etc could all argue the same thing. Personally I agree that all other races aren’t given as many nominations as white americans, that the oscars have been racially biased in the past, but at the same time you gotta realize Chris Rock was told to say these lines. His performance is clearly scripted, as much as the oscars have been racially biased in the past, they also are trying to portray that blacks don’t have as many nominations. I would assume they are doing this to get a message across which is a good message. But it shouldn’t just be towards blacks, it should be towards all races.

  17. Chief Complaint

    Over half the presenters were black?? Black people get nominated and win oscars all the time. I dont get what all the complaints are about. Just because there is one single year where there’s no black nominees, they have to start whining?

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