The Opening Monologue:
Like all great comedians, Chris Rock is an opportunist. One of the greatest of all time. And squander, he did not, his opportunity to say what he wanted to say. And while he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, one must respect the truthfulness of his comedy.
“You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. So y’all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.”
Back in my day…
Chris Rock is a master of irony. So undoubtedly, the humor came from not only his words, but also from their context. Like getting a room full of some of the richest, most well-known white people in the world, to laugh at:
“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.”
And while Rock may have been slightly overzealous in his racial commentary, he was also fairly, an equal-opportunist:
“But I understand, I’m not hating. I understand you mad. Jada’s mad her man Will was not nominated for Concussion. I get it, I get it.
Tell the truth. I get it, I get it. You get mad — it’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated.
Yeah, you’re right. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for “Wild Wild West.”
Is Hollywood racist?
“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 is racist. But it ain’t that racist that 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.
But things are changing. Things are changing.”