Chris Rock stepped on a lot of pink toes last night during his opening monologue for the Oscars. But then again, when you’re being paid by an organization that hasn’t really gave a damn about diversity, who’s really winning here?
Rock didn’t hold back when it came to his critique of the #OscarsSoWhite issue. His biggest victims of his jokes in the beginning were Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Jada got mad? Jada says she not coming, protesting. I’m like ain’t she on a TV show? Jada is going to boycott the Oscars — Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.
Oh, that’s not an invitation I would turn down.
But I understand, I’m not hating. I understand you mad. Jada’s mad her man Will was not nominated for “Concussion.” I get it, I get it. Tell the truth. I get it, I get it. You get mad — it’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. Yeah, you’re right. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West. O.K.?
Sure, everyone in the audience laughed. But one has to wonder if the Smiths were laughing as they boycotted the award show.
It’s hard to say how many black people attended the award show. We’re guessing it was probably less than 50. Of course Rock used the monologue to address the elephant sitting in the room: racism.
Is Hollywood racist?
Well, of course it is. But Rock gave a simple example of how racism rules Hollywood.
Is it burning-cross racist? No.
Is it fetch-me-some-lemonade racist? No. No, no, no.
That’s right. Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood is racist. But it ain’t that racist that you’ve grown accustomed to.
Hollywood is sorority racist.
It’s like, “We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”
That’s how Hollywood is.
Yes, and everyone white face sitting in the audience benefitted from the racism. And including Rock, since he’s being paid by the Academy.
Clutchettes, what did you think about his monologue?