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!”
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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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