Chris Rock Tweets Out Cryptic Message About Oscars "Blackout"

Is Chris Rock throwing down the gauntlet just as he's about to host this year's controversial Oscars?

Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars this weekend and it looks like he's not going to shy away from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

The 51-year-old comedian recently tweeted a 15-second black-and-white video that shows nothing but static on a video screen. The accompanying text message is just as intriguing: 

The #OscarsSoWhite controversy led to multiple celebs promising to skip the event. Some called for a boycott of the Oscars after the academy failed to nominate any actors of color for the second year in a row.

Some even suggested that Rock should give up his hosting duties. Despite speculation, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin said that Rock would not be dropping out of the Oscars but was reworking his material to incorporate the controversy.

“Chris is hard at work,” Hudlin said. “He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room.”  He went on to say that Rock declared, “I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.”

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The producers believe  Rock will be able to navigate the controversy, saying that the comedian is “thorough.”

“He’s that brilliant, and I have 1,000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks,” Hudlin added.

The Academy Awards will air on Feb. 28. 

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