Monday, February 29, 2016


Last night (Feb. 28) comedian Chris Rock hosted the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and while we --Black people, assumed Chris would go on stage and represent for us, instead he trivialized our concerns regarding the Academy's issue with race. 

This was the second consecutive year that Black actors, directors, writers and producers were shut out of every Oscar category. Even in a movie like Creed where the majority of the cast and both writers and director were Black, somehow the only person nominated for an Oscar was the White actor --Sylvester Stallone. A similar situation also occurred with the Straight Outta Compton film.

Here's why it felt like Chris was laughing at us and not with us during his opening monologue.

Exhibit A

"Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit. How come it's only unemployed people that tell you you should quit something?" 

Chris, who are these "unemployed people" you speak of? Are you referring to those Black actors and directors who publicly stated that they would not be attending the Oscars and/or boycotting? Or are the "unemployed people" you speak of, Black consumers who consistently support your movies and live shows?

All that to say, I'm certain most of the people asking Chris to boycott the Oscars were not unemployed. But even if they were, so what!

But thanks for attempting to trivialize our concerns regarding Black actors, directors, writers, producers and the like, being ignored by the Academy for the 71st time. 

*waves* Hey Idris and Ryan

Exhibit B

"The big question, why this Oscars? This is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which means this whole 'no Black nominee thing' has happened at least 71 other times."

*taps Chris on the shoulder*  This is not the first time Black people have protested and/or boycotted the Oscars or the movie industry due to lack of representation.

In 1996, Reverend Jesse Jackson called for a viewer boycott of the 68th Annual Academy Awards and a protest of ABC affiliates. 

In 2012, Dr. Boyce Watkins called for a boycott of the Oscars, "arguing that the Academy rewards [B]lack actors only when they portray troubled characters.

"You gotta figure it happened in the 50s, in the 60s...and Black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time."

Director David O. Russell who is known just as much for his award-winning directing as he is for his violent and volatile behavior, was yucking it up last night during Chris Rock's opening monologue.

As for Jennifer when-I'm-not-rudely-encouraging-journalist-to-"live in the now"-I-fake-fall-down-at-award-shows-to-appear-more-relatable Lawrence, you were doing too much as well.

In 1962, a "lack of adequate minority representation in acting and throughout the movie industry led to picketing."

"We're too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cinematographer."

Chris you know Black people can chew gum and walk at the same time.

Guess what Black people can also do Chris? We can protest and boycott Hollywood's most celebrated award show for consistently overlooking our outstanding work in acting, directing, writing, producing, and Black people can SIMULTANEOUSLY protest environmental racism and the senseless killing of unarmed Black people in this country by U.S. officials and law enforcement.

Multitasking is our middle name! 

But you just keep grinning on stage in front of a mostly White audience while trivializing the concerns of Black folks Chris. 

Because we know, "the last thing [you] need to do is lose another job to Kevin Hart."

Exhibit C

Jada Pinkett-Smith attends the Oscars in 2014

"What happened this year? What happened? People went mad. Spike got mad. Sharpton got mad. Will went mad. Everybody went mad. Jada got mad. Jada said she's not coming --protesting. Isn't she on a tv show? Jada going to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited."

Actress Priyanka Chopra (top) stars in the television show Quantico and actress Sofia Vergara stars on the television show Modern Family...more on these two below.

Jada and Will attend the Oscars in 1997

l-r: Jada attends the Oscars in 2002, 2006 and 2007

Why was Chris trying to act like Jada --be it via Will, ain't been attending the Oscars for damn near two decades?

And I'll be the first one to admit that I side-eyed Jada's motives --Will wasn't nominated, for deciding to boycott the Oscar this year. Judging from that horrid, purported Nigerian accent Will was using in those Concussion commercials alone, I'm sure the Academy's decision not to nominate Will was valid.

All that to say, I side-eyed Jada's motives for boycotting the Oscars BUT not her message.

Oh and actresses Priyanka Chopra and Sofia Vergara laughed and clapped a little too damn hard for my liking. 

 Especially since y'all are both: 1) women of color; 2) who currently star on tv shows; and 3) just started getting invited to shit yaselves. 

Yankin' and Fia need to keep it all the way cute next time. 

Exhibit D

"It's not fair that Will was this good [in the film Concussion] and didn't get nominated. You're right. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West."

Brie Larson, just know that I had to Google you and I still wouldn't recognize you even if you walked up to me the day after the Oscars. Again...

the laughter was too hard for my liking!

Exhibit E

"If you want Black people every year at the Oscars, just have Black, Best Black Friend. And the winner for the 18th year in a row is Wanda Sykes."

I understand what you were trying to say Chris, but I think your point was lost on the majority.

Chris Rock Makes Some Good Points 

"At some point you get to take a picture with the President. As they're setting up the picture you get a little moment with [] President [Obama]. I'm like, 'Mr. President you see all these writers and producers and actors --they don't hire Black people... and there the nicest White people on earth. They're liberals'. Cheese!" 

"Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right Hollywood is racist. But they 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."

Leo: Chris I just REALLY want my Oscar tonight bro. Why are you making me have to pretend to care about anything else right now?

"It's not about boycotting anything (Me: YES IT IS CHRIS). It's just we, want, opportunity. We want the Black actors to get the same opportunities that White actors get. Not just once. 

You know Leo[nardo DiCaprio] gets a great part every year. All you guys get great parts all the time, but what about the Black actors?"

Actor Chadwick Boseman


Check out Chris Rock's opening Oscar monologue below. 

Peep This! 
2:55 David and Jennifer laughing a little too hard for my liking
3:40-3:53 Priyanka and Sofia laughing a little too hard for my liking
4:27 Brie Larson laughing a little too hard for my see the pattern
4:30 David again with the laughter *insert side-eye*
9:07 *winks* Heeeey Chadwick! H. Uuuuuuuu!
9:18-9:23-Leo trying to look stoic even though he appears uncomfortable after being shouted out by Chris. Then Leo's gaze pierces Chris' soul and he begins to stutter.

1 comment:

  1. I have a problem with people making the lack of diversity at Oscars about black people. No one of color got nominated that the problem. No Blacks, No Latinos, No Asian (Indians included ) and No Middle Easterns.

    Chris Rock taking a shots at will and jada does not bother me because I don't give a S about them. One is a semi-TV star (this award show is about movies) and other is damn near finished because of bad choices.

    Money rules that town. Fuck that award. I care about people of color getting opportunities behind the camera as producers, writers, executives and shot callers. All people of color not just black people.