Finally, Chris Rock delivered his much-anticipated monologue at the 2016 Academy Awards and without a shadow of doubt it was the perfect answer to Hollywood’s unabashed lack of racial and gender diversity.
The comedian didn’t beat about the bush. He took to the issue head-on and nailed it: "Everyone wants to know: Is Hollywood racist? Is it burning-cross racist? No. It's a different kind of racist."
“Hollywood is sorority racist," Rock added, providing the perfect analogy to describe how powerful white decision-makers in the entertainment industry slyly exclude minorities from their movies. It’s “like ‘We like you, Ronda, but you’re not a Kappa.’”
Then his act took a more serious turn.
“This is the 88th Academy Awards. So this whole 'no black nominees' thing has happened at least 71 other times,” he said, pointing out how African-American actors didn't protest before because they “were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer."
Of course, he mentioned police brutality and discrimination against African-Americans.
"In the In Memoriam package, it's just going to be black people who were shot by the cops on the way to the movies," he said, to gasps and groans from the audience.
But Rock wasn’t all about attacking the Academy. He also had something to say to black actors who wanted to boycott this year’s event—Jada Pinkett-Smith for instance.
"People were like, 'Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit,’” he said, before emphasizing how boycotting is not the answer to get black actors more opportunities – which eventually is what they need. "I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard. But they're not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart."
All in all, it was gold. Watch the video above for more.