(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.
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.