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#OscarsSoWhite – Did Chris Rock Kill his Monologue?



HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Host Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Host Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chris Rock‘s opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards, addressed the elephant in the room – the lack of diversity in nominations that caused #OscarsSoWhite to trend, and celebrity boycotts.

Here were some of the jokes in his opening bit –

“I’m here at the Academy Awards … otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.”

“You realize if they nominated hosts I wouldn’t even get this job.”

Jada – isn’t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna‘s panties… I wasn’t invited.”

He also brought up race in other segments of the show, by showing a clip where he interviewed movie-goers in Compton, introducing actor Michael B. Jordan as a ‘should-have-been nominee’, and saying ‘black lives matter’ in his sign off at the end of the night.

So did Chris Rock hit the nail on the head?

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  1. Aunty Amebo

    February 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    As a black individual, I felt embarrassed. It was such a heavy monologue.

    Yes, he should have addressed the situation, but going on and on, and on about it, was quite uncomfortable even for me as a black. There were some funny moments in the monologue, but it was covered by the heavy back to back talk about race.

    Besides black people are not the only minorities, Asians, Latinas etc, also have stories and are in the minority. DON’T make it a black thing BUT a diversity one. Diversity not just BLACK.

    Hopefully he doesn’t return as a host, And unfortunately, the same black people you did it for, won’t be there to support you when you need funding for your next project.

    As sad as it is, most studio cooperations are headed by white males, and they sure won’t be pleased with that monologue. God help you Chris.

    BellaNaijarians, I am not saying addressing it was bad. But he made it completely a black thing and not about all around diversity.

    Thanks to him, it may take a while before another black person is given the opportunity to host.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm


    • Tunmi

      February 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      I think it is a black thing because black Americans receive the worst treatment of all the minorities and theirs have been going on the second longest, the first would be the Native Americans. Also, if and when black Americans benefit, all minorities benefit

    • Jade

      February 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Chris Rock is another black used by whites to make a fool of himself and his people. Blacks are in the bottom of the hierarchy. Asians and Latin are still seen as higher. Latin descent folks have white skin and many of them are very successful already. Some of these white people you see around are Latin. Asians don’t care for entertainment bcos they are excelling in other areas like technology and manufacturing. China is the next biggest economy.
      Blacks are Americans, this is their only country and home. So yes, it makes sense to specifically focus on them on diversity. Blacks are the main target when it comes to police brutality and racial profiling. They are the “enemy” of all the races and ethnic groups.

  2. Missy J

    February 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I don’t know how hosting in Hollywood works but he ought to rehearse it before the organizers of the show so if he did and they found it OSCAR worthy so yeah… He’s good to go!!!

  3. ElessarisElendil

    February 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Who be dis Jinx pesin who tink say I go waste data ontop am?

  4. Spunky

    February 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Yes he did! He made fun of the situation alright, but then, he drove home the point for the blacks especially in Hollywood, deserving of more or equal opportunities.

  5. aurora

    February 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    black people always complaining. what movies did black people act can stand beside any of the oscar nominated movies?
    meanwhile, conveniently ignoring the black director who won an oscar
    only thing chris said that i agree with is to give black actors more roles. but then again, he only mentioned jamie foxx. so na only jamie waka come?

  6. rita

    February 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    you are so stupid it hurts. Creed and beasts of no nation are well deserved oscar nominated movies. Hell even straight outta compton. And the fact that Sylvester stallione abi how do they spell his name was nominated for an oscar even tho he was a SUPPORTING role and Michael B. didn’t shows everything wrong with the oscars. Michael carried that movie but wasn’t even given an ounce of recognition.

    • rita

      February 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      to aurora

  7. Passerby

    February 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Chris Rock did a great job of mixing humor with a serious issue. He addressed it well and threw subtle jabs that didn’t go too far. I loved it. I hate the way blacks from Africa make such demeaning and patronizing comments about Africn Americans and undermine an experience that they haven’t even walked a mile in their shoes. Relax people. Always so negative…sigh

  8. Md

    February 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Please, this are the black Americans that discriminates against African artist during BET awards..give me a break

  9. nnenne

    February 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    C his Rock killed it using satire!
    He delivered.I watched it life and am so proud of him.
    Let the other minorities speak up, if they are offended. Black people spoke up this time.
    BN, he got the message across in a nice, goofy, subtle way.
    Now let them deal with it.

    Am not mad with anyone though because the truth is, minorities always suffer in life.
    Nigeria is not an exception.

  10. tshidi

    February 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I so much hate the fact that black people always cry racism every time they don’t get what they want. The movies that got maximum nominations such as Revnant, Martian, Starwars were huge box office smashers not compared to concussion or beast of no nation. Lets quit getting sentimental over sh** and do the needful.

  11. KMT

    February 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Love Chris rock. Guys clued up.

  12. ATL's finest

    February 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I gerrit & I know where he’s coming from! Hopefully, Riri takes that joke & laugh it off :). Let’s pray they do better next year for the 89th award. And he’s right, even if he don’t host it, they ain’t gonna cancel the Oscars for someone else will be hosting it. Just come to think of it, I have noticed more blacks host this event than white folks. Apart from Ellen, Lindsey Logan, I can’t recall any white hosting it.

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