#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.
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]."
- Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) February 29, 2016
- Live Tweeting (@BlavityLive) February 29, 2016
Thats was a load of "white pleasing, antiblack, shallow understanding of racism & sexism, I need money so I'mma be a coon" Oscars opening.
- Yasmin Yonis (@YasminYonis) February 29, 2016
Chris rock compared lynching to the oscars saying we should protest "actual important stuff". Yall dont see this as problematic??
- Drew Kyle (@_DrewKyle) February 29, 2016
- deray mckesson (@deray) February 29, 2016
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.
- Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) February 29, 2016
- ¡Gabe! Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 29, 2016
- Nti Aning (@KwakuBear) February 28, 2016
white people at the oscars right now pic.twitter.com/p9BQNHOjp9
- christina (@poedahmeron) February 29, 2016
the white people in the audience whenever chris rock spoke about the race pic.twitter.com/617nHxxvfc— Demetrius Harmon (@meechonmars) February 29, 2016