Chris Rock Tackles Diversity Head On In Oscar Monologue

We’ve been waiting to see how Oscar host Chris Rock would handle the diversity issue that resulted in boycotts, protests and the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and he did not disappoint in the show’s opening monologue.

“I counted at least 15 black people in that montage,”; said Rock in his opening remarks. “I’m here at the Academy Awards otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.”;

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But Rock was just getting warmed up. “It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no-black-nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times,”; he quipped. “Black people didn’t protest because they had real things to protest at the time. Too busy being raped and lynched to care who won best cinematographer. When your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it’s tough to concentrate on who won best documentary foreign short.”;

Rock also address Jada Pinkett Smith’s well-publicized boycott of the Oscars. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,”; he said. “I wasn’t invited!”;

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Is Hollywood racist? Rock asked the question point black, and answered: “It’s not the racist you have grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. “We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.'”;

Acknowledging that things are changing, Rock heaped praise on Creed. “Some people call it Creed,”; joked Rock. “I call it Black Rocky. Rocky takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. Rocky is a science fiction movie. There are things in Star Wars that are more believable than Rocky.”;

Watch Chris Rock’s monologue right here:

//cdn.playwire.com/bolt/js/zeus/embed.jsRock’s fellow celebrities (including one fellow Oscar host) were quick to offer praise for his edgy but pitch-perfect monologue:

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