Chris Rock wasted no time when he took the stage to host the 88th Academy Awards.
After a montage of great cinematic performances opened up the show, the comedian gleefully noted,
I counted at least 15 black people in that montage!
With that, Rock went on to deliver a killer monologue that perfectly explained the top trending topic that has hovered over the awards since the nominees were announced.
Here are 11 quotes that perfectly explain #OscarsSoWhite.
On what the Oscars should also be known as:
Welcome to the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards!
On his what his job status would be if it were up to the Academy:
You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. You all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.
On why outrage over the Oscars and race seems new:
When your grandmother's swingin' from the tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.
On whether Hollywood is racist:
You're damn right Hollywood is racist.
On the "type" of racist Hollywood is:
It's not the racist you're accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist, like, 'We like you, Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.'
On the widely perceived lack of inclusion being nothing new:
It's the 88th Academy Awards, which means that whole 'no black nominees' thing happened at least 71 times.
On Hollywood's "type" of racist:
They don't hire black people. And they're the nicest white people on earth. They're liberals!
On how the Oscars will be "different" this year:
Chris Rock's Cop joke didnt go over well #Oscars pic.twitter.com/J8KXk4dPrC — ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) February 29, 2016
On Jada Pinkett-Smith's boycott of the awards show:
Jada boycotting the oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited!
On why boycotting would be a terrible idea:
People are like, 'Chris, you should boycott. How come only unemployed people ask you to quit something? No one with a job tells you to quit. I thought about quitting, [but] they're not going to cancel the Oscars. The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.
On what the whole point of #OscarsSoWhite is:
It's not about boycotting. We want opportunity; we want the same opportunities, that's it. Not just once.