Zero actors of color were even nominated for an Oscar for the second year in a row. Minorities were shut out despite a number of strong films that featured minorities including Beasts of No Nation, Straight Out Of Compton, Chi-raq and Creed.
The all-white Oscar nominations gave rise to a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, and questions as to whether Hollywood was racist.
How did Chris Rock, this year’s host, address the controversy to an audience that is comprised of effectively of everyone in Hollywood? Very directly.
Chris Rock, as part of his monologue, flatly said that Hollywood was racist.
He also noted that the white liberals could be extremely nice people and still have racist hiring practices. Rock called Hollywood “sorority racist.”
“We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa,” Rock quipped.
Transcript, via Jezebel:
But here’s the real question. The real question everybody wants to know, everybody wants to know, in the world, is Hollywood racist? Is Hollywood racist? You know, that’s — that’s a — you know, you got to go at that at the right way. Is it burning cross racist? No. Is it fetch me some lemonade racist? No, no. It’s a different type of racist.
Now, I remember one night I was at a fundraiser for President Obama, a lot of you were there, and, you know, it’s me and all of Hollywood. And all the, you know, it’s all of us there and there’s about four black people there, me, let’s see, Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, Questlove, you know, the usual suspects, right? And every black actor that wasn’t working. Needless to say, Kevin Hart was not there, okay? So, at some point, you get to take a picture with the President.
And as they’re setting up the picture, you get a little moment with the president, I’m like, “Mr. President, you see all these writers and producers and actors? They don’t hire black people. And they’re the nicest white people on earth. They’re liberals.” CHEESE.
That’s right. Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist. But it isn’t the racist you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like — “We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.” That’s how Hollywood is.