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Rock comes out swinging at Oscars; 'Spotlight' wins Best Picture

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(“We’re black,” he said after a commercial break.)

If a white host would've said something like that, they would be called racists.

“Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right it’s racist,”

After stand-up comedy, he was able to eventually hit the big screen though. He ought to be thankful to Hollywood. From playing a "crackhead" in Ice-T's "New Jack City" movie all the way to hosting the Oscar Awards.

“This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars,” Sharpton vowed at the rally.

What's this guy crying about? Blacks have been there before and have won awards. There will be plenty of talented Black actors, actresses and directors to be awarded in the future. Or on BET.

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Amazing isn't it? something like BET exists, but the Oscars are Racist.

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Congrats to Leo for finally winning an award. Was not expected spotlight to win best film though.

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Chris Rock hit both sides:

Other lines:

“It’s not fair that Will Smith was this good [in ‘Concussion’] and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for ‘Wild Wild West!’”…

“This year, in the ‘in memoriam’ package, it’s just gonna be black people that was shot by the cops on their way to the movies. Yes, yes, I said it.”…

“What happened this year? Jada’s going to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited! It’s not an invitation I would turn down.”…

“If you want black nominees every year, you just need to have black categories.”…

“You already do it with men and women, think about it. There’s no real reason to have a men and a women category in acting. It’s not track and field, you don’t have to separate them.”…

“Is Hollywood racist?” Chris Rock asks. He talks about being at a Hollywood Obama fundraiser with four black people: “Me, Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons and Questlove, the usual suspects.” Looking out in the crowd, he realized that these white people are “the nicest white people on earth,” [they're Liberals] so he decided that Hollywood is “sorority racist”: “We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”…

“Not everything is racism. Not everything is sexism. If George Clooney shows up in lime green with a swan coming out of his a–, someone’s going to ask, what are you wearing?”…

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

“…Black people did not protest. Why? because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.”…

“Things are changing. Things are changing. We got a black ‘Rocky.’ Some people call it ‘Creed.’ I call it black ‘Rocky.’ That’s an unbelievable statement. ‘Rocky’ takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. ‘Rocky’s’ a science fiction movie.” …

“You want diversity? We got diversity. Please welcome Emily Blunt and somebody whiter, Charlize Theron.”

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Can't wait for next year's Oscars: #OscarsSoBlackAndWhite.

My biggest issue with Rock's monologue was that it was just as racist as what those are protesting: Diversity means we need black winners, black nominees, black talent behind the camera.

Rock never mentioned anything other than black discrimination during the whole monologue. I understand why Black Actors Matter to him, but come on, this was a chance for him to call for equality across the whole spectrum.

Every Asian, Latino, or LGBT talent would love to have the problems Black Hollywood has.

Award for Black Friend? How about Award for Mexican Gang Member or Award for Silent Asian Martial Arts Expert.

Seriously, first White Men in Hollywood had it all. Then White Women broke in. Years later, Black Actors were getting significant roles. Years after that, Black Women played a bigger part. And years and years and years after that, Asians are still just Jet Li or Ken Watanabe and Mexicans are still mostly gang members. That's a slow eveloution.

All Rock's monologue proved to me was he wants progress, as long as it's progress for your own.

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Rocky’ takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. ‘Rocky’s’ a science fiction movie.”

That is not a racist statement at all

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I dont understand the obvious insertion of constant black people into the everyday media. I watched the academy awards with my j-wife and almost never saw a latino or asian yet black comments ans or references were so prominent that I question the system ans media of ppropaganda tactics. Not everyone in the USA is responsible for slavery and it's results but it is 2016 so get a life and move on.

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I wonder how many of you bellyaching/biatching actually watched the monolgue? I'll watch tonight knowing that the overwhelming opinion of it was awesome.And feel sorry for the negativity for negativity's sake people.

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At long last Leo! Congrats.

And I was really rooting for Marnie, even though I think we all knew it didn't have a chance.

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The people who deny there is a problem with Hollywood avoiding nominating blacks are the same folks who think Obama is from Kenya. Or think that there is no race problem in the USA today. Clueless. 20% of Trump voters think the emancipation proclamation was a mistake. No, there is not a race problem in the USA.

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20% of Trump voters think the emancipation proclamation was a mistake

This is awesome: proclaiming an urban legend as a true statement.

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At long last Leo! Congrats.

Yeah long - the first time he was nominated, he was still a baby-faced teenager

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No mention of Setsuko Hara in Memoriam: Big fail.

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...zzzzzzzzzz...

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Chris Rock was awesome.He had pressure catering to ALL sides.Only those with their obvious biased disposition would find fault to nitpick.But I understand.

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“This year, in the ‘in memoriam’ package, it’s just gonna be black people that was shot by the cops on their way to the movies. Yes, yes, I said it.”…

...and I'll say this... Late Sunday afternoon (before Chris got to do his routine) about eight miles from here, three County police officers were called to respond to a domestic violence call. One of the officers, Ashley Guindon, was working her very first shift after being sworn in as an officer. As the three officers got out of their cars and approached the front door, Army Sgt. Ronald Hamilton opened fire on them wounding all three. Officer Ashley Guindon never had the chance to finish her shift as she later died on the operating table. The other two are expected to recover. When police finally got Hamilton to surrender, his wife was found in the house, shot dead.

Hamilton is black, Officer Guindon was white.

Note to Chris Rock: POLICE LIVES MATTER

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Note to Chris Rock: POLICE LIVES MATTER

Is this some sort of justification of the killing of unarmed black men by police?

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I am surprised Spotlight won too. It was a good movie with a message but it didn't blow me away. Brie Larson won for Room and she was okay but I think the kid should have gotten something out of this. They should have a separate category for Child Actors.

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And yet "Police lives matter" sounds an awful lot like "black lives matter". Now my impression from reading that is that you chose those words as a criticism of the "black lives matter" movement. Am I mistaken, or was it purely coincidence that you used those words?

Chris Rock chose to make a point of turning an ugly series of incidents into a punchline at the expense of the police officers who put their lives on the line every day. "Black Lives Matter" is a movement that I do not agree with... not because of any racism on my part, but because ALL LIVES MATTER. Hamilton's wife, Crystal, was an unarmed black person gunned-down in her own home. Where's the "Black Lives Matter" protests over HER death? "Oh. The shooter wasn't a police officer so it doesn't count." This myopia the BLM proponents regularly exhibit is why I don't agree with them.

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I thought Rock's opening monologue was good. But the race issue permeated the whole night, and it got a bit strident after a while. Ok, we get it. There's a problem. We all agree it's there, though we might not all agree about the severity. Address it, acknowledge it, move on.

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Black people say: "Black lives matter".

White people hear: "kill all white people".

Black people say: "stop police brutality" and "stop shooting us".

White people hear: "death to all cops" and " black panthers want to kill all white people".

Chris Rock and millions of other blacks say: "all we want are the exact same opportunities".

White people hear: " they all want just handouts".

Black people say: "the system is rigged and there's a huge economic disparity in favor of whites".

White people hear: "they're lazy". And they say: "just get over it" or "pull yourself up by the bootstraps".

Donald Trump says: "Let's make America great again".

People of all colors with intelligence hear: "Let's maintain the white power structure and keep America at the top of the heap and the world's police".

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Noidall - I agree with your post except for the blanket term 'white people'. That should be changed to 'bigots'. Plenty of white people are with our black brothers on this cause.

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"Let's maintain the white power structure and keep America at the top of the heap and the world's police".

Nice try. Barrack Hussein Obama was elected into the presidency, twice. There. Were you happy with the change?

You see. America is fair and tolerant. Now its time to step aside and let Clinton or Trump in. For better or worse.

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@strangerland

You're 100% correct. I'm using the term generically.

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