Hollywood is sorority racist: Chris Rock

Actor and comedian Chris Rock played it safe at the Oscars yesterday. In his opening monologue Chris did say,

” “Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that monitor. I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.

You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. So y’all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.

But this is the wildest, craziest Oscars to ever host, because we’ve got all this controversy. No, no black nominees, you know, and people are like “Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit. You should quit.”

How come there’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something, you know? No one with a job ever tells you to quit.

So, I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard. But, I realized, they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway. They’re not gonna cancel the Oscars because I quit. You know? And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart, O.K.?

I don’t need that. Kev right there — Kev makes movies fast. Every month. Porno stars don’t make movies that fast.

Now the thing is, Why are we protesting? The big question: Why this Oscars? Why this Oscars, you know?

It’s the 88th Academy Awards. It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. O.K.?

You gotta figure that it happened in the 50s, in the 60s — you know, in the 60s, one of those years Sidney didn’t put out a movie. I’m sure there were no black nominees some of those years. Say ‘62 or ‘63, and black people did not protest.

Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time, you know? We had real things to protest; you know, we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.

You know, when your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.

But what happened this year? What happened? People went mad. Spike got mad, — got mad, and Jada went mad, and Will went mad. Everybody went mad, you know?

Jada got mad? Jada says she not coming, protesting. I’m like ain’t she on a TV show?

Jada is going to boycott the Oscars — Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.

Oh, that’s not an invitation I would turn down.

But I understand, I’m not hating. I understand you mad. Jada’s mad her man Will was not nominated for “Concussion.” I get it, I get it.

Tell the truth. I get it, I get it. You get mad — it’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated.

Yeah, you’re right. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for “Wild Wild West.” O.K.?

Thing, you know, this year, the Oscars, things are gonna be a little different. Things are going to be a little different at the Oscars. This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.

Yes, yes. I said it. Alright?

Hey, if you want black nominees every year, you need to just have black categories. That’s what you need. You need to have black categories.

You already do it with men and women. Think about it: There’s no real reason for there to be a man and a woman category in acting.

C’mon. There’s no reason. It’s not track and field.

You don’t have to separate ‘em. You know, Robert De Niro’s never said, “I better slow this acting down, so Meryl Streep can catch up.”

No, not at all, man. If you want black people every year at the Oscars, just have black categories like Best Black Friend.

That’s right. “And the winner for the 18th year in a row is Wanda Sykes. This is Wanda’s 18th Black Oscar.”

But here’s the real question. The real question everybody wants to know, everybody wants to know in the world is: Is Hollywood racist? Is Hollywood racist?

You know, that’s a…you gotta go at that at the right way.

Is it burning-cross racist? No.

Is it fetch-me-some-lemonade racist? No. No, no, no.

It’s a different type of racist. Now, I remember one night I was at a fund-raiser for President Obama. A lot of you were there. And, you know, it’s me and all of Hollywood.

And it’s all of us there. And it’s about four black people there: me, uh, let’s see, Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, Questlove. You know, the usual suspects, right? And every black actor that wasn’t working.

Needless, to say Kev Hart was not there. O.K.? So, at some point you get to take a picture with the president, and, you know as they’re setting up the picture you get a little moment with the president.

I’m like, “Mr. President, you see all these writers and producers and actors? They don’t hire black people, and they’re the nicest, white people on earth! They’re liberals! Cheese!”

That’s right. Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood is racist. But it 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.

But things are changing. Things are changing.

We got a black Rocky this year. Some people call it “Creed.” I call it “Black Rocky.”

And that’s a big, that’s an unbelievable statement. I mean, cause “Rocky” takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes.

“Rocky” is a science fiction movie. There’s things that happened in “Star Wars” that are more believable than things that happened in “Rocky,” O.K.?

But hey, we’re here to honor actors. We’re here to honor actors, we’re here to honor films.

There’s a lot of snubs, lot of snubs. One of the biggest snubs no one’s talking about: My favorite actor in the world is Paul Giamatti.

Paul Giamatti, I believe, is the greatest actor in the world. Think about what Paul Giamatti has done the last couple of years.

Last year, he’s in “12 Years a Slave” — hates black people. This year he’s in “Straight Outta Compton” — loves black people.

Last year, he was whooping Lupita; this year, he’s crying at Eazy-E’s funeral.

Now, that’s range. Ben Affleck can’t do that.

What I’m trying to say is, you know, it’s not about boycotting anything. It’s just, we want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors.

That’s it. Not just once. Leo gets a great part every year and, you know, everybody, all you guys, get great parts all the time.

But what about the black actors?

Look at Jamie Foxx. Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors in the world, man. Jamie Foxx was so good in “Ray” that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles. It’s like, “We don’t need two of these!” Nah, man.

You know, everything’s not about race, man. Another big thing tonight is — somebody told me this — you’re not allowed to ask women what they’re wearing anymore.

There’s this whole thing, “Ask her more. You have to ask her more.” You know it’s like, You ask the men more.

Everything’s not sexism, everything’s not racism.

They ask the men more because the men are all wearing the same outfits, O.K.? Every guy in there is wearing the exact same thing.

You know, if George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on, and a swan coming out his ass, somebody would go, “What you wearing, George?”

Hey, welcome to the 88th Oscars, Academy Awards. Yes, thank you.

You want diversity? We got diversity.

Straight outta Compton cast out of the Oscars

While the anger surrounding the lack of diversity for this year’s Oscar nominations may have subsided, there continues to be residual negative feelings about this year’s ceremony.

The cast of the F. Gary Gray directed Straight Outta Compton was reportedly not given tickets to attend the ceremony at LA’s Kodak Theater. While no cast member was nominated-the film only merited a Best Original Screenplay nod–it’s customary for tickets to be given to other actors to attend to support their peers.

Ice Cube, the film’s producer, isn’t stressing the no invite, and is quoted as saying he would’ve RSVP’d to the ceremony with a no. Cube will however be at the SAG and Image Awards, which both nominated the film.

-Vibe

After the all white Oscar outrage, BET founder suggests solutions

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson weighed in on the furor surrounding the lack of minority nominees in this year’s Academy Awards race, suggesting the key to better outcomes in the future is encouraging both the movie studios and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring more minorities into their ranks.

Johnson did not comment directly on director Spike Lee’s call for a boycott of the Oscar broadcast on Feb. 28. Instead the BET founder, now chairman of RLJ Entertainment, laid out four reforms to improve diversity:

•Engage the studios to encourage the casting of more African-Americans in films with black themes. “For example, why were ‘Gladiator,’ starring Russell Crowe, or ‘Braveheart,’ starring Mel Gibson, both greenlit, but not films based on the true story of the African general Hannibal or the African chief and warrior Shaka Zulu?” Johnson asked, in a prepared statement. “If the answer is financial or there is a belief that there is a lack of cultural interest or identity in those stories, those issues need to be addressed with the studios.”

• Increase the number of voting members of the Academy by adding qualified minority individuals. Johnson said the new members need to demonstrate “sensitivity and knowledge of the creative process… equal to that of existing Academy voters.” He said the number of new minority members might be based on their percentage in the population or on the percentage of dollars minorities contributed to the box office. “The goal here is not to dilute an individual’s unique perspective as an Academy voter, whether they are diverse or not,” Johnson wrote, “but simply to increase diversity of voices and therefore choices.”

• Improve casting of minority actors and actresses in roles outside of black-themed films. “For example,” Johnson asked, “would films like ‘Pretty Woman’ or ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ [have] been less creative if the characters were interracial?”

• Encourage studio hiring of minorities in their creative and development departments, including executives with the power to greenlight films. Johnson said such changes in television had resulted in a number of Emmy nominations for minorities.

 

 

 

Variety

White Oscars rants not over as Tyrese put Chris Rock on spot to boycott the event

Famous black actor and singer, Tyrese on Monday took on his Instagram to post what he dabbed an #aggressive rant. Calling upon comedian and actor Chris Rock to boycott the event yet Chris Rock is a going to host the all white Awards.

In his own words he says,

“AgressiveRant This is my message to today’s LAZY LEADERS.. The ones who are so concerned about being black balled out of this town and industry that they would rather SIT on their hands and cry at home to their wives and girlfriends and not DO anything.. The ones who only pop and talk shit on social media and DO nothing.. The ones who wanna protest but ONLY protest when it’s convenient. It’s SAD SAD SAD to see that were still living in a generation of “Followers” and not enough REAL LEADERS… Every March Dr King initiated. He could of been killed, this was long before social media and CSI and DNA, and or all of this high tech stuff that we have NOW to find murderers at our disposal.. Yeah you may have 60 million followers on your little pink ass Facebook and Instagram but it doesn’t mean SHIT if you ain’t using your influence to effect change..You got money??? You turnt?? That’s cool…. Can anybody tell me HOW MUCH Dr Martin Luther King Jr was worth when he stood on that balcony and was assassinated??? Did he have a fancy car on 26″ wheels as apart of his statement to effect change??? How was it possible that a million people showed up for his I HAVE A DREAM Speech without him tweeting or putting it up on his social media?? Cause HE was a true leader.. #OscarsSoWhite..??? Mainstream Radio?? only playing white artist when THEY sing R&B Soul???? This is modern day racism.. I fear NO MAN.. I fear NO SYSTEM. I don’t seek your validation and I don’t need your approval.. But I won’t sit down and sit ON my hands and just let this ALL go down without speaking On it.. It’s really really sad to see that press and media coverage that Donald Trump is getting when he CLEARLY doesn’t represent the VOICE of America.. Is Chris Rock still gonna host the oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up?? In this town I guess it takes homosexuals to be discriminated against in Oder for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something… You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they’re as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights…”