"Is that the first 'rape, lynch' joke by a host in Oscars history?": Twitter loses it over Chris Rock's Oscars monologue and #OscarsSoWhite

Social media lit up early with a bad tweet mistaking Whoopi for Oprah and hasn't let up yet

By Brendan Gauthier
Published February 29, 2016 6:25AM (UTC)
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Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

As if this year's ceremonies weren't under enough scrutiny for racial insensitivity, during the red carpet ceremony, Total Beauty Media -- a makeup review site -- tweeted out a picture of Whoopi Goldberg on the Red Carpet with the caption, "We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it." The account has since deleted the tweet, and posted the following apology:

But not before making the Twitter-rounds and spawning some parodies:


Mark Ruffalo was the only white actor who was asked directly about the issue of diversity in Hollywood during ABC's red carpet coverage. On his response:

On Chris Rock's opening monologue, which proved every bit as brilliant and provocative as anticipated:

Brendan Gauthier

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