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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

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]."

Joking about Asian stereotypes and child slave labor didn't garner a laugh from me @chrisrock #Oscars #DoBetter

"In 1962 we were too busy getting raped and lynched to worry about who won Best Cinematography" #Oscars pic.twitter.com/kOL5oVIRj5

Thats was a load of "white pleasing, antiblack, shallow understanding of racism & sexism, I need money so I'mma be a coon" Oscars opening.

Chris rock compared lynching to the oscars saying we should protest "actual important stuff". Yall dont see this as problematic??

There are still "real things to protest," @chrisrock. Like, police violence. And the #FlintWaterCrisis. #Oscars

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.

My favorite part of this #Oscars monologue is all the reaction shots of white celebs trying to figure out how hard they're allowed to laugh.

The white audience all night. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/IIJbkK5zse

White people in the audience when Chris Rock gives his opening monologue. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/3SAuOVE28g

white people at the oscars right now pic.twitter.com/p9BQNHOjp9

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