Chris Rock’s Oscars 2016 Monologue: My Review

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It’s difficult to dominate the Oscar monologue, especially amidst a stuffy bunch waiting with baited breath to hear their win . . . or loss. Plus, the event has been marred by the very obvious absence of black actors from the main acting categories, and while many suggested that a boycott might be the best bet, Chris Rock delivered a funny, on-point monologue instead. According to Rock, an actress like Jada Pinkett Smith “boycotting the Oscars is like [him] boycotting Rihanna’s panties. [He] wasn’t invited!” Rock addressed things more frankly when he said that although Hollywood isn’t “cross-burning” racist, they are “sorority racist. We like you Rhonda — but you’re not a Kappa.’” He pointed out this observation when he met President Obama at a Hollywood fundraiser and said that the room is filled with “the nicest people on earth” and “they don’t hire black people.” His only misstep involved a joke about how these types of exclusions have existed for years, but back then black people had “real things to protest,” and therefore were not concerned. Twitter predictably erupted at the idea that black people have real things to protest now, such as police brutality. Rock’s point was obviously that the anger is misplaced on a stupid golden statue rather than real issues at hand, which is further evidenced by his joke that the “In Memoriam segment would feature  a montage of black people shot by cops on their way to the movies.” So pipe down type-happy trolls. Clearly the man knows what’s going on.

It’s refreshing to see someone like Chris Rock use humor to shine a light on heavy issues and offer an interesting, on-point take we might not have thought of. In fact, I have a feeling we’ll be using the term “sorority racist” for a long time in the future. We all live our lives in a members-only club, whether we know it or not. We surround ourselves with what’s familiar, and as a result, we eliminate talented people from our pool. Until we are aware and consciously correct for this, we won’t change. And if anyone can make us aware, it’s Chris Rock.

Vintage Quote of the Day — Chris Rock Talks Chris Farley

“At the end of the sketch, the guy goes up to Farley and says, ‘You’re fat and disgusting.’ A lot of Farley’s problems were connected to the fact that he felt . . . ugly. That sketch kind of fed into that shit. I like Danny Devito. You know why I like Danny Devito? They never mention he’s short in any fucking movie. He’s like, ‘Fuck you. I’ll do your movie. Take this short shit out.’ There’s eight hundred things to make fun of. Why go to the obvious thing?” Chris Rock to Howard Stern, on why he hated Chris Farley’s most famous Chip & Dale’s sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Common & Maya Angelou Discuss the N-Word — So Does Chris Rock

When I saw the video of Common & Maya Angelou in a serious sit-down about using the N-Word, I found myself uncomfortable. That’s more about me than about them, considering I don’t deal well with emotional topics. So in an effort to address the same message with a sense of humor I’ve posted a vintage clip of Chris Rock discussing the same subject. Enjoy!

Chris Rock Tells Howard Stern How to Improve His Show

Every time I get frustrated with Howard Stern’s radio show I imagine myself having a personal conversation with Stern and telling him everything he needs to improve.  But I don’t have to — because Chris Rock does my dirty work.  Rock Called Stern’s show today and told Stern that his show “needs some improvements.”  Stern was quiet, presumably because he doesn’t take criticism well.  Rock wasn’t intimidated and said that if he’s going to take Friday’s off he should still have an original show on the air.  He also told him that the “unannounced Mondays have to fucking stop.”  Rock is referring to Stern’s incessant vacations, which Stern never announces.  It’s infuritating because you get into the car to go to work on a Monday morning, turn on your radio in anticipation of a new Howard Stern show, and you get dated, repeated crap instead.  When Stern said he would stay on the air if he could work less hours, Rock said, “you barely work now.”  Stern told Rock that Oprah does less hours than him and gets away with it, and Rock said that it’s a ridiculous comparison.  Way to go, Chris!