Funnyman, Chris Rock slayed his monologue at the 2016 Academy Awards doing just what he was hired to do-make things uncomfortable in the interest of raising awareness. Some people don’t want to be reminded of the ugly truth; however, Rock used facts to get his point across.
Did he go too far? I think not! His “why this Oscars,” point was valid as was his analogy using the extreme circumstances (lynching) of which we’ve endured and overcome.
Oh yes, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s inconsequential grip was reduced even further by Rock who proclaimed, Black people have more important issues to contend with than the Oscars’ saying,
“Why this Oscars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards. Which means this whole no-black-nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.”
All those other years, “Black people did not protest. And why? Because we had real things to protest at that time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who’s winning Best Cinematographer. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short.”
And he took another jab at what some would call, Jada’s inflated sense of importance adding:
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
And Rock didn’t skirt around the topic of racism in Hollywood, he affirmed it saying,
“Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like: ‘We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’ ”
He also addressed those who attempted to pressure him to quit the gig asking,
“How come it’s only unemployed people who tell you to quit something?”
It was a commendable night for Chris even though I wished he had mentioned the lack of opportunities for other minorities as well. Others did however, so that point was eventually made.
As the night went on, Chris was definitely feeling himself looking dapper in a white Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. This couldn’t have been made more evident as he closed the show with an open invitation (to the majority white audience) to this years BET Awards.
Gotta love it!!!!
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