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Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that montage. Hey! Well, I'm here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards.
You realize, if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job.
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No one with a job ever tells you to quit. I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard, but I realized they're going to have the Oscars anyway. They're not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart. I don't need that. Kev right there! Kev makes movies fast. Every month. Porno stars don't make movies that fast.
Now the thing is, why we protesting? That's 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 black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.
OK? You've got to 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 wasn't 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.
We had real things to protest! Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer. You know, when your grandmother is swinging from the tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short. What happened this year? What happened? People went mad. Spike got mad. Sharpton got mad. Jada went mad. And Will went mad.
Everybody went mad, you know. It's quite like, Jada got mad? Jada says she's not coming. Protesting. I'm like, "Isn't she on a TV show?" Jada's gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rhianna's panties. I wasn't invited.
That's not an invitation I would turn down. But I understand. I'm not hating. I understand you're mad. Jada's mad her man Will was not nominated for "Concussion." I get it. I get it. Tell you truth, I get it. You get mad. Said it's not fair that Will was this good and didn't get nominated. You're right. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 millionfor "Wild Wild West," OK?
This year, the Oscars, things are going to be a little different. Things going to be a little different at the Oscars. This year, in the In Memorium pacikage it's just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.
Yes, yes, I said it all right. Hey, if you want black nominees every year, you need to just have black categories. That's what you need. You need to have black categories. You already do it with men and women. Think about it. There's no real reason for there to be a man and a woman category in acting. There's no reason. It's not track and field. You don't have to separate them.
But here's the real question. Everybody wants to know in the world, "Is Hollywood racist?" You've got to go at that the right way. Is it burning-cross racist? No. Is it fetch me some lemonade racist? Naw, naw naw. It's a different type of racist.
I remember one night I was at a fundraiser for President Obama. A lot of you were there. It's me and all of Hollywood. All of us there. 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, Kev Hart was not there.
So, at some point you get to take a picture with the president, you know. As they're setting up the picture, you get like 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!
Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood's racist, but it ain't the 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. Yeah, we've got a black "Rocky" this year. Some people call it "Creed." I call it "Black Rocky." And that's an unbelievable statement, because "Rocky" takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. "Rocky's" a science fiction movie. There are things that happen in "Star Wars" that are more believable than things that happen in "Rocky."
We are here to honor actors. We are here to honor film. It’s a lot of snubs, but one of the biggest snubs no one is talking about. My favorite actor in the world is
What I’m trying to say is it’s not about boycotting or anything. It’s just we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. And not just once. Leo gets a great part every year. All these guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black actors? Look at
No, man. Everything's not about race, man. Another big thing tonight is you're not allowed to ask women what they're wearing anymore. It's a whole thing: "Ask her more." You have to ask her more." Well, you know, you ask the men more. Hey, everything's not sexism. Everything's not racism. They ask the men more because the men are all wearing the same outfits, OK? Every guy in here is wearing the exact same thing. If George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on and a swan coming out his ..., someone would go, "What you wearing George?"
And welcome to the 88th Academy Awards…