Chris Rock, the renown comedian and actor, emceed the Academy Awards Show on Feb. 28. As a host, he focused on the topic of #oscarssowhite. He used a skillful mixture of satire, comedy, and opinionated seriousness to bring racism against Black people in Hollywood into the foreground.
The issue arose when Rock ignored non-Black people of color, and even put down women and non-Black individuals through his comedy. Ultimately, his sexist and racist jokes cast a disappointing and serious tone over the celebratory event.
For more on my opinion concerning Chris Rock’s monologue at The Academy Awards, listen to episode 4 of my podcast “That’s a Wrap.”