Don’t get me wrong, the monologue from Chris Rock was almost required but I believe some lines were crossed. Having the little Asian kids be the PWC Consultants was not cute, it was a little insulting. Latinos for example have not been relegated to just being the best friend, but always the “foreign” maid. Sofia Vergara has even done that before even though she had a very successful career in Spanish TV. I think it is time for us to stop highlighting the stereotypes as cartoonish as they are and just moving forward in the conversation. We seem just as stuck on that cycle as the people that refuse to see other races for what they are, human.
Some of Rock’s performance was funny, but I think overall he let the true message get mixed in with the comedy. I would have much appreciated it if at some point things got really serious and we moved past the humor and addressed equality head on. Calling out “Black Lives Matter” is not the same as addressing things head on.
I believe both Iñárritu and DeCaprio did a better job of being eloquent on what it will take to move forward. In an era where we have a buffoon running for president and a refugee crisis that somehow everyone seems to want to ignore we need to do more. As parents we should be making it a priority to leave our kids equipped with a more comprehensive world view and more importantly a world they can live in.
What happened last night will spur lots of “news” but the important thing is, will it really spur conversation?
We need to have conversation about all of those topics brought up last night and move forward from the awkward jokes and laughter of pointing out the obvious.