The Oscars are Hollywood's biggest night. This year, the biggest buzz wasn't around the awards but Chris Rock. The comedian has never been shy and amid controversy with #OscarsSoWhite, everyone wondered just how honest he would be in his opening monologue. Would he address racism or shy away from it? Chris Rock came and delivered. Here are the 10 craziest quotes everyone is talking about.
On whether he would quit his hosting gig because of the #OscarsSoWhite boycott
"I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard. But, I realized, they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway. They’re not gonna cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to lose another job to , O.K.?"
Why even Chris Rock is the victim of Oscar racism
"You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job? Y’all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now."
Let's talk timing of the protest. Why now?
"Now the thing is, Why are we protesting? The big question is: 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.?"
Actors had better things to protest about back in the day
"Because we had real things to protest at the time, you know? We had real things to protest; you know we’re too 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."
Why was Jada really protesting? Ouch!
"Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited. Oh, that’s not an invitation I would turn down."
Okay, so Jada's mad that her husband Will Smith was overlooked
"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."
Will Smith has received preferential treatment...Remember Wild Wild West?
"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."
Chris has a solution to stop #OscarsSoWhite
"If you want black people every year at the Oscars, just have black categories like Best Black Friend. That’s right. 'And the winner for the 18th year in a row is Wanda Sykes. This is Wanda’s 18th Black Oscar'.”
Let's get to it: Is Hollywood racist?
"But here’s the real question. The real question everybody wants to know, everybody wants to know in the world is: Is Hollywood racist? Is it burning-cross racist? No. Is it fetch-me-some-lemonade racist? No. No, no, no."
YES. Hollywood is racist.
"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'.”