The Oscars on Sunday night were a bit more than a run-of-the-mill award show in that the entire tone of the evening was set and controlled by the elephant in the room, #OscarsSoWhite. The racial issue which created a boycott and a major discussion about race was addressed head-on.

Host Chris Rock did an excellent job addressing the issue while also contextualizing the issue in the framework of historical and societal importance. Whether you agree that the Oscars’ issue is a real one or not, you can’t help but be entertained by Rock.

“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.”

“What I’m trying to say is, you know, it’s not about boycotting anything. It’s just, we want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. Not just once. Leo gets a great part every year and, you know, everybody, all you guys, get great parts all the time.”

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter
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