The following was transcribed from Chris Rock’s monologue at the ABC broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards… with my pictorial replies to his “jokes” for context. #dontBSyourself
“Now the thing is, Why are we protesting? The big question: Why this Oscars? Why this Oscars, you know?”
“It’s the 88th Academy Awards. It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. O.K.?
You gotta figure that it happened in the 50s, in the 60s — you know, in the 60s, one of those years Sidney didn’t put out a movie. I’m sure there were no black nominees some of those years. Say ‘62 or ‘63, and black people did not protest.”
“Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time, you know? We had real things to protest; you know, we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.”
“You know, when your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.”
Question: If when Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars, he “joked” about this…
…do you think the reaction would have been this?