Chris Rock Addresses #OscarsSoWhite Controversy, Jada Pinkett Smith, & Racism In Hollywood During Oscar Monologue (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Chris Rock found himself in the middle of the controversy involving this year’s Academy Awards. Some people called on the comedian to step down as host of the show after no non-white actors or actresses received Oscar nominations for the second year in a row.

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The star of CB4 and Top Five decided to keep his position as master of ceremonies for what he called the “White People’s Choice Awards.” Instead, Rock used the moment to address the #OscarsSoWhite critics and racism in Hollywood.

“How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something?” Rock asked the audience. He then also questioned why a boycott was called for this particular Oscars, “I’m sure there were no black nominees for some of those years. Say ’62 – ’63, and black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time.”

Two of the most outspoken critics of the Oscars this year were Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith. The actress released a video announcing she would not be attending the awards show. Rock had words for Ms. Smith.

“Jada said she’s not coming, protesting. Don’t she have a TV show?” said Rock. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”

Rock also took aim at police brutality and sexism during his monologue. However, some of his most biting jokes were aimed at racism in Hollywood.

“Is it burning cross racist? No. Is it fetch me some lemonade racist? Nah. It’s a different type of racist,” stated Rock. He continued, “Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood’s racist. It ain’t like the racist you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”

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Watch Chris Rock’s Oscars 2016 opening monologue below.

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  • Markus

    Chris went in,but he works in Hollywood too so he can only go in but so much. Guaranteed he made sure he won’t be invited back anytime soon,but it’s not just on him to apply the pressure. The stars that would’ve really stood out if they wasn’t there showed up. And like everything the culture gets offended by,white people were uncomfortable at the moment and now a day later they’re ready to move on from the issue. It’s up to black actors and actresses, directors and producers and writers to continue on with taking on the studios and not settling for the slave movie or the coon comedy. This protest was weak at best. A unified blackout would’ve been more powerful.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      wrong – he will be invited back to host many more – and your weezil race hiding ass know nothing about us or what we shud do – what we shud do is talk about your culture , that’s got a Million vids posted and shared right now , of your white mothers saying nothing about you showing and sharing vids of yourselves molesting their babys

      • Markus

        Don’t say we anything,bitch. You speak for you. The ignorant neanderthal asinine mother sucking the rainbow coalition of dicks suspect ass piece of shirt that you are. You’re a human mistake and a disgrace whether this is an act or not. Kill yourself and your mother’s ovaries so your kind can no longer walk the earth with regular people.

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        at least there’s laws against it in Western countries !

    • ZUBU

      I concur bro, I’m glad Chris hosted the event. Yet as you stated every black actor in hollyweird should have sat out of the event. I’m watching many of them walk the red carpet, and I’m like WTF are you doing here; you’re not getting any awards and you’re supporting a group of individuals who don’t find your talents even worthy of consideration… Even if no blacks won an award, but not one single black actor was even considered…
      Next year they will have the token black actors serving wine to their fellow white actors… Was surprised to see brothers like Common there…. SMH

      • Q.

        I wasn’t surprised by Com’s attendance. He won last year. Previous year winners are usually asked to present the following year. He was part of the show.

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        You suck at life Q

      • Q.

        ^ #TROLLLIFE

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        That’s just how I say hi.

      • ZUBU

        I was not aware of that; what did he win for? Yet I still think, all of them should have made a statement and stayed home… You think he should support a show that in non-inclusive? Just because they threw him a few crumbs from the table last year? That sounds like some house ninga shiiittt… IJS

      • Q.

        He, John Legend, and Rhymefest won for Best Song, “Glory,” off the Selma soundtrack. I don’t think there was a real boycott to begin with, just talk about boycotting from people like Jada. But like Chris joked about her, people who weren’t invited weren’t going to show up anyway.
        Most of the Black people who were in attendance were part of the show. People who have won or been nominated before are usually invited to present, which is why Kerry Washington, Louis Gossett, Jr, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Pharrell, Common, John Legend, Kevin Hart, Morgan Freeman, and Rock were all there in the first place.

  • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

    That’s it. Where my white people at ? Someone make this guy wear a dress.

    • DJ7

      You’re late…Chris has already passed that portion of the exam

    • DrakeDoesn’tWrite

      It’s funny that you think the Whites made him wear a dress. The people that got him in a dress are the same ones who made John Wayne do it. You need to go much further down the rabbit hole lol

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        You don’t understand. White people, according to some blacks, are strong enough to force black male entertainers to wear women’s clothing. We do this in an attempt to effeminize the black man . And according to the people who believe this, they’re powerless to stop us because we’re just too strong.



  • Idris Elba in Beasts of no Nation shouldve at least have gotten a nomination.

    • Q.

      “Stryka! Strykaaa!” LOL

  • Rapfan

    The Jada jokes were f’ing perfect. I knew Chris wouldn’t disappoint.

  • how a nga with no job gone tell you to quit yo job – classic

  • ChiVa02

    He killed Will and Jada. Lol..

  • gezuscryst

    I loved Chris. He was spot on. Hollywood is subliminally racist! But we as blacks have a lot of work to do – together – before real change can come. Collectively, we have to come together. That has been the albatross around our necks for centuries.

  • Papi Peligro

    I feel him. Who cares. Revenant was a movie about racism.

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  • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

    I liked it. Everything he said was on point. Of course their’s racism in Hollywood. It’s just not done overtly.

  • Xxplosive 1

    I’m still trying to figure out why we’re so infatuated with conforming with the oppressor.

    • Q.

      Inferiority complex.

  • TheAfroRican

    Chris you did well.

  • baller187

    that shit failed im black and i got sick of his bullshit opening, u know thwm white didnt want to hear alll that trash, CHRIS ROCK U FAILED

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      wrong – it was the usual great , funny , and intelligent Chris Rock perfomrance

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        That was a really well put together sentence. Have you been taking classes ?

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        all you white weezils ask questions to hide you got nothing to say

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        “yo shit race aint got nuthin to say”

        That’s one of like 4 things you know how to say.

    • Black Adam

      Thats exactly the point. H e said Exactly what “they” didnt want to hear and it wasnt trash, it was truth. He did the job the Oscars paid him for and he also represented the frustration and anger of his community as well. Job well done.

      • baller187

        ITS OLD BRO the crying game is old nothin is gonna cjane

      • Black Adam

        Its not crying though its speaking the truth. Change takes time. A looooong time but let me ask you this….what do you think would’ve been the better move in this scenario? Do nothing? Be quiet?

  • Black Adam

    Job well done by Chris Rock. Hit on some very strong points. That “when your Grandma is swinging from a tree” line was brutal and very real to hear on tv in that type of setting or any setting for that matter. Impressive.


    Chris Rock & Louis C.K. should do a tour together. Call it the black & white all lives matter tour. Speak the truth on all the bs. It would be revolutionary.

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  • I think it’s comedy. Period. And Chris always tries to give balance in any comedy routine. He went at Jada as well as The Oscars.

    But let’s keep it 100 folks. Chris doesn’t have the power to change a f*cking thing about racism. Like it or not, he was paid by the very institution that perpetrated the racism to begin with. So how truthful did people think he was going to be? Sure he said a few biting jokes, but how much did that really change? How White do you think the Oscars will be next year? About the same if you ask me.

    Black folks need to come to an understanding about this racism and Hollywood. Unless things are felt on a monetary level, boycotts don’t work. And stop looking to those Black folks in a privileged position to do or say what our hearts feel. They are collecting checks and have dirt on their hands from backdoor deals. If you want to know how racism will end, you now have a front row seat. It’s called TIME. Check the Census reports. Nothing lives forever. Nothing dominates forever. Donald Trump exists because you are witnessing a transfer of power being brought about by inevitability. Racism won’t stop from boycotting. Chris Rock can’t right that ship. Only time can change things. And that’s just some real sh*t for yo ass.

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  • MLB44

    Great job Chris Rock! I thought he was smart and funny and he did not shy away from anything. Did he please everyone? No. Did some of his jokes fall short? Yes. But he was effective and rose to the occasion notwithstanding the pressure he had to be successful. He had to please his bosses (the Academy), white Hollywood (majority of the audience and viewers at home), and Black and other minority folks. I think he succeeded overall. Even the joke with Stacey Dash was genius. I thought I was the only one who got the damn joke. It was hilarious and went right at the Oscars for their so-called diversity attempts. Obviously people in Hollywood don’t watch the news or keep up with current events unless it has something to do with them. Stacey Dash is the last person we need in charge of promoting anything black. Too bad that went over the audiences head.

    • ZUBU

      Yeah Bro they didn’t get the Stacey Dash humor. It fell flat, because they are out of touch with what the rest of us are dealing with in the real world…
      They can keep Stacey but as we see they don’t even know who she is… SMH…

  • Q.

    “Rocky’s a science fiction movie” LMAO…TEARS!
    “The in-memoriam segment will be images of cops gunning down Black people” WOOOOOW LMAO!

    Chris did the damn thing. He did his job, and didn’t disappoint: shed light on the elephant in the room, spoke truth to power, and made people laugh in the process. It takes a high level of intelligence and skill, and BALLS to pull that off…Oh, and Chris got them to open and close with “Fight the Power.” HAHAHAHA… Sir, hold this W!

    Sidenote: The change in Hollywood will happen only once Black creatives band together economically, and tell our own stories with dignity, regardless of Hollywood approval. Hollywood will come jocking anyway if we put in that work and stop playing their game of Stepin Fetchit for Oscars–those little gold statues modeled after the ancient Black god, Ptah. IRONY.

    • Xxplosive 1

      Bravo. Black folks don’t need the white community validation to be successful.

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