Chris Rock Is Working Extra Hard On His Oscar Monologue

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Today, Chris Rock is in quite an uneasy position. With prominent African-Americans such as Will Smith and Spike Lee debating about the White Oscars, he’s surely expected to follow in their footsteps. This is especially true because of the way he does his comedy, always commenting on topics like race relations in a satiric manner. People will expect at least as much satire on the current situation from him as back in 2005 – if not more.

If Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin is to be trusted, Chris is working hard on his performance, saying that both he and his writing staff have “locked themselves in a room.” Rumor has it that he’s even writing a completely new presentation. No concrete details have been shared about the rewrite, but we have faith that the comedian will give us a memorable performance amid all the controversy surrounding the ceremony.

Rock showed people just how neglected African Americans were in the movie business when he was hosting the awards in 2005. He visited a movie theater and asked people of color what their favorite film of the year was and most of the answers were “Saw,”‘Aliens. vs. Predator” and “The Chronicles of Riddick.” Of course, none of these movies appeared on any of the Oscar ballots.

Then he asked the exact same people about some of the pictures that were nominated, including “Finding Neverland” and “Million Dollar Baby.” They had no idea what he was talking about. In a final attempt to rouse up some giggles, the comedian asked if they liked the movie “White Chicks” and most of the responses were positive. The results of the little “study” proved that blacks do not favor the Oscars all that much anyway.

Some people are downright surprised that Rock agreed to host the Oscars at all. On the other hand, as host, Rock may have the opportunity to shed some light on the race issue. Comedy is a powerful tool and there’s often a bit of truth in any well-conceived joke. The conclusion is that Rock can (and should) raise awareness about the problem at hand.

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