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77th Annual Academy Awards: Chris Rock Defends Oscar Quips

Upcoming Oscars host Chris Rock is standing by controversial remarks he
made calling the award ceremony a “fashion show” which holds no interest for
black men unless they are gay.

The Head of State funnyman sparked a storm of controversy after his
anti-Academy Awards tirade was published in Entertainment Weekly,
but he remained unrepentant during an appearance on American chat show The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The 40-year-old joked, “I did not say that. I said only gay people watch the

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Before continuing more seriously, “I really don’t know any straight men who
aren’t in show business that have ever watched the Oscars.

“What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? The awards don’t
really affect anybody’s lives in the crowd.”

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