The first half hour of the 92nd Academy Awards started off very woke on Sunday night on ABC, from the opening musical number being sung by a self-declared "queer, black artist" to Steve Martin and Chris Rock going on a riff about all the white nominees.
On Sunday's MediaBuzz show on Fox News Channel, host Howard Kurtz gave a commentary in which he highlighted recent media double standards on the issue of whites wearing blackface, including the firing of Megyn Kelly from NBC's Today show simply for mildly defending the practice, when several prominent liberals affiliated with NBC and in other places have openly done routines in blackface in the not too distant past.
For several years, late-night talk show hosts have regularly hurled their barbs at President Trump, but on Monday, most liberal comics instead made fun of Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, who was allegedly found in a 1984 yearbook that contained a picture of one man in blackface and another wearing a KKK costume. Most of the time, Jimmy Kimmel -- host of his eponymous show on ABC -- and Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show on NBC lead the way in attacks on the late-night front, but this time they avoided the day’s biggest topic, probably because both comedians have previously used blackface makeup in their careers.
Kelly Lawler at USA Today previewed a new Netflix standup comedy special by Chris Rock called Tamborine, [sic] in which he openly discusses his "very public 2014 divorce from his wife of 18 years." But first, the special offered a "joke" about how the police need to "occasionally shoot a white kid" after they looked at their "dead [N-word] calendar." As if the police have a scheduled plan to murder blacks?
It’s refreshing to see someone in Hollywood avoid the familiar ritual of Trump-bashing. It’s even more refreshing to see someone in Hollywood defend him to a certain extent.
Sometimes crossed signals can result in communication that go horribly and, in the case of comedian Chris Rock, hilariously wrong. What made the misunderstanding so funny is that it happened at the final White House party hosted by President Barack Obama. And the person with whom the signals were so horribly/hilariously misunderstood was First Lady Michelle Obama.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan—a former actor—won the presidency. Just over 35 years later, Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump achieved the same feat. Now, a variety of Hollywood figures—most recently Oprah Winfrey and Disney CEO Bob Iger—think they might have a chance too. Check out the following slideshow to see who’s in the running for 2020.
New York Times movie critics Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott, and Wesley Morris blessed readers with an even sillier than usual Oscar racism recap in Tuesday's paper: “Watching a White Academy Squirm.”
Ever since it became obvious that no black actors were nominated to win a golden statue during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, the news networks and black entertainers hyped the controversy even though comedian Chris Rock was chosen to serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
Nevertheless, one bizarre segment in the hours-long program appeared to address this issue, as Stacey Dash -- an actress and current contributor to the Fox News Channel -- was introduced by Rock as “the new director of our minority outreach program,” and she came onstage to state: “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!”
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello to discuss Chris Rock's race-based monologue at the Oscars, after host Costello expressed that she "felt kind of sorry" for audience members who looked uncomfortable with the controversial jokes, liberal CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill provocatively referred to a "bunch of uncomfortable white people" in the audience as he recalled that he was gleeful at such a sight. Hill: "Their tears were my nectar. You know, watching a bunch of uncomfortable white people in a crowd (laughs) made me so happy."
Hollywood is infamously liberal and the Oscars are always a night when they really let their political freak flags fly. Whether it’s activist films or actors lecturing to the American public during acceptance speeches, politics inevitably takes center stage, especially in an election year.
Comedian Chris Rock was under a lot of pressure to "speak truth to power" in his second turn as host of the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The lack of black actors and actresses nominated has dominated Oscar coverage again this year, with pledges from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee to boycott and the Academy to change the racial makeup of its members. Rock reportedly even rewrote his opening monologue after the Oscar nominations were revealed in mid-January and the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag started trending.