The 88th annual Oscars were a night to remember. A lot of controversy beforehand had plagued this particular awards ceremony, there were a lot of hashtags and a lot of upset around the nominations. Host Chris Rock is a Veteran when it comes to hosting the Academy Awards, the last time he hosted was 2005 and rumor has it that he went off of a script that was written and polished just right to make the awards show go off without a hitch.
Fast forward to 2016 and Rock is back and tackling two of the most important topics of our time #OscarsSoWhite and #BlackLivesMatter. Rock’s jokes were written by him and unless you are completely oblivious they were clearly meant to cause uproar and maybe ruffle a few feathers. This is an Academy Award ceremony we will all be talking about for years not only because Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won the well deserved Oscar for Best Actor in The Revenant, but because Rock refused to back down when it came to racism, boycotting and making some of the most offensive jokes ever heard at a prestigious affair such as the Academy Awards. Rock has always been a controversial person, so nothing is off limits when he is on stage and let’s be honest, anyone who has seen his stand up comedy, whether live or on television has laughed at least once at a joke that would be considered crude or offensive. Why would the Oscars be any different? In case you missed the big night and needed a breakdown, here is a list of a few of the more awkward jokes Rock laid out.
10 The Girl Guides
9 When He Called Out Black People In The 60’s
8 The Little Accountants
7 Actors & Actresses
6 White People’s Choice Awards
5 The Stacey Dash Debacle
3 The Joke About The Cops
2 Racist Hollywood?
1 Calling Out Jada
We all remember when Jada Pinkett Smith went on a rant about #Oscarssowhite and her super talented husband Will Smith, not getting nominated in the Best Actor category. Well did anyone think that Chris Rock would avoid touching on this delicious topic during his monologue? He hit back at Jada with what most would call a shot below the belt. He went on record stating “Jada [Pinkett Smith] boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited”. He is right, how do you consciously boycott an event that you were not even invited to? And knowing her career, she may never be invited either.
Sources: <span style="color: #0000ff;">time.com, nytimes.com, newyorker.com, theguardian.com
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