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#Oscars: Chris Rock ruffles a few feathers during his opening monologue

The host addressed the issue of race at last night's Academy Awards ceremony.

2016 Oscars host, Chris Rock. Picture: AFP/Kevin Winter
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JOHANNESBURG – Chris Rock stirred even more controversy around transformation at the Oscars with his opening monologue at the awards ceremony last night.

Rock’s statements dealt almost entirely with the issue of race surrounding the 88th Academy Awards. 

Referring to the event as the ‘White People’s Choice Awards’ the comedian went on to address the lack of diversity by asking, “Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood’s racist, but it ain't the racist that you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like: ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa’ [sic].”

Watch: Chris Rock’s opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards 

He upset some viewers who said his jokes went too far in a comment on the #OscarsSoWhite protest.

“In the ‘60s… one of those years Sidney [Poitier] didn't put out a movie. I‘m sure there weren’t no black nominees [during] some of those years… say ‘62 or ‘63. And black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest [about] at the time. We had real things to protest! Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer [sic].”

Others believe his monologue was flawless.

Meanwhile, social media users used a set of memes to capture some of the crowd’s uncomfortable reaction during the speech.

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