Oscars 2016 host Chris Rock dived into the whole diversity issue with his opening monologue quipping about the boycotts but eventually stating that more opportunity for actors of colour is the need of the hour. "Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties," he said, referring to Jada Pinkett-Smith. "I wasn't invited."
Rock calling the protests meaningless might have come as a shocker but by putting the awards into perspective, he was able to move into why the Oscars matter to the people in the industry, reports Vox.
"[Hollywood] is a different type of racist," he said. "Hollywood is sorority racist. Like, 'We like you, Rhonda [Rhimes]. But you're not a Kappa'."
Joking about why diversity at the Academy Awards has become a conversation only recently, Rock said: "We had real things to protest. When your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it's really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short."
But a chance to be in a great role is what it all ultimately comes down to, said Rock. "We want opportunity," Rock said. "Black actors want the same opportunities — not just once."
Click here to watch the hilarious sketch, which takes a light-hearted and funny dig at the whole Oscars so white issue.