'You're damn right Hollywood is racist'Chris Rock's Opening Speech at the Oscars
As expected, Chris Rock used his Oscars opening monologue as a vehicle to address the controversy over this year-'s all-white slate of acting...
As much expected, Chris Rock used his Oscars opening monologue as a vehicle to address the controversy over this year's all-white slate of acting nominees. Though Rock disagreed with Jada Pinkett Smith's Oscars boycott — "Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. You weren't invited!" — he agreed that some kind of direct action was needed.
The comedian and movie star did not pull punches as he addressed the lack of racial diversity among the nominees.
Chris Rock took no time putting the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his crosshairs during the opening minutes of the 88th Academy Awards.
"I counted at least 15 black people in that montage," said the Saturday Night Live veteran.
He called the show the "White People's Choice Awards."
"Spike got mad, Will got mad, everybody got mad," Rock said.
"This in memoriam package is just going to be black people shot by the police on their way to the movies," Rock said.
"If you want black nominees every year you need to have black categories ... like best black friend. And the winner for the 18th year in a row in Wanda Sykes," he said. "Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right Hollywood is racist. Hollywood is sorority racist. It's like, 'we like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa!'"
Going into the first award, Rock said, "You want diversity, we got diversity, please welcome Emily Blunt and somebody whiter - Charlize Theron.