Chris Rock Takes on Diversity Controversy in 2016 Oscars Opening Monologue, Twitter Reacts
Chris Rock returned tonight (February 28) as the host of this year’s Oscars ceremony — and luckily, he didn’t hold back at all.
After his Academy Awards hosting debut in 2005, Chris looked entirely confident onstage for his highly anticipated opening monologue, taking several shots at the #OscarsSoWhite diversity controversy, protests, sexism — and yes, even some light Jada Pinkett-Smith shade.
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna‘s panties. I wasn’t invited!” he said.
“If you want black people every year at the Oscars, just have black categories, like…Best Black Friend. And the winner for the 18th year in a row is: Wanda Sykes!”
He also quipped about the award-winning performances of black actors: “Jamie Foxx was so good in Ray that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles.”
“You want diversity? We got diversity! Please welcome Emily Blunt, and somebody whiter…Charlize Theron,” he joked just before wrapping up his opener.
Across the board, the Twittersphere raved. See just some of the first reactions below:
— Ethan Fedida (@ERFedida) February 29, 2016
— Miss Forson (@lydiaforson) February 29, 2016
— Courtney Grand Pre' (@MzGrandPre) February 29, 2016
Chris Rocks monologue was all you need to watch from the Oscars.
— Ike Parsons (@YouCanCallMeIke) February 29, 2016
Chris Rock's opening monologue kicked ass. I can turn on The Walking Dead now. No need to watch any further. #Oscars
— Awaiting Frost (@awaitingfrost) February 29, 2016
Ok, already just rewinding that monologue back to watch again. Who cares about the first award? #Oscars
— Niala (@NialaBoodhoo) February 29, 2016
I'm just going to watch Chris Rock's monologue 18 more times and call it a night. #Oscars
— Chris Barlow (@iamchrisbarlow) February 29, 2016
Chris shared his progress on Twitter earlier this afternoon. “Cutting the fat off my monologue #oscars,” he tweeted.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 29, 2016
Watch his monologue above.
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