What do you think of Chris Rock's opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards and how he chose to address the controversy of racism towards blacks in hollywood?
Monday, February 29, 2016
88th Academy Awards
This year's Oscar Awards was the topic of much controversy. Some in the industry felt that the award show was being racist towards black people because of the fact that there were no black nominees up for the coveted oscar trophy this year. This reality led people like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to call for a boycott of the ceremony. They vowed to not attend or even tune in. Jada went as far as to post a video explaining her disappointment in this year's nomination process and urging black actors to use the power that they have amassed and start something that acknowledges people of color. Many believed that her displeasure was more so because of the fact that her husband (Will Smith) was not acknowledged for his work in the film 'Concussion'.
This year, talented comedian Chris Rock was selected to host the show. Many thought that he would turn the gig down because of his ethnicity. Everyone wondered what he would do and how would he address the proverbial elephant in the room at the Oscars. Chris Rock indeed hosted the 88th Academy Awards and in my opinion was absolutely brilliant in the way he addressed the controversy. Take a look below.