Sunday 20 May 2018

Oscars host Chris Rock addresses #OscarsSoWhite fury on Twitter

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Host of this year's Oscar ceremony, Chris Rock, has addressed the controversy over the lack of nominations for people of colour.

Not one person of colour is nominated for an Oscar at this year's ceremony, and host Chris Rock is not keeping quiet on the issue.

After Jada Pinkett Smith publicly called for a boycott of the ceremony, Rock tweeted about his upcoming stint as host.

He shared a promotional video in which he counted down the top three reasons to watch the Oscars this year, with the dry caption "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards".

After the Oscar nominations were announced, #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter - a hashtag which was created this time last year and has now been resurrected.

For the second year in a row, none of the best actor categories feature a person of colour. This year, not a single person of colour received a nod.

Films 'Straight Outta Compton' and "Creed", which feature a cast with people of colour, were nominated for 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Supporting Actor', but the two individuals in those roles are white.

Rock is expected to address the #OscarsSoWhite fury in his jokes on the night. Many are saying that joking about the lack of diversity is not enough and have called on Rock to refuse to host the event. 

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate people of colour in music, acting, sports and entertainment.

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