Nobody probably saw it coming. But Nick Cannon in a bizarre twist in the #Oscarssowhite madness came across as the voice of reason in not wanting Chris Rock to step aside. He rightly pointed “Hell yeah I’m going to watch that ceremony where they let a black man be a master for at least two hours. Don’t waste your voice.”
Cannon used his talents. Instead of simply releasing a statement. He released a critical poem online. He stood out amongst a crowded field of dissenting voices. He used his skillset to the best of his ability and called on Chris Rock to do likewise. Others like Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent rashly called for Chris Rock to boycott the Oscars. It was wise to ignore Gibson’s request. How many times has a black man overseen the Oscars?
One could probably count it on one hand. A black man with a microphone and the world as his audience at a critical moment in film history. Last two black men who had that power were Barack Obama and Martin Luther King. Their voices were definitely heard and listened to.
At a critical moment in the academy’s history and black acting community are both blessed that Chris Rock is taking the stage for the all-important night. For the academy they managed to get one of the sharpest comedians alive. For the black acting community, they got one of the most respected black comedians hold the microphone. Rock is a win-win for all parties involved.
Rumours are rife that Rock has thrown out his original monologue and is rewriting it. That may be true or not. But what is true is Chris Rock is in rare company. There are very few comedians like Chris Rock.
Rock can make you laugh but get manage to get you to think. Rock won’t simply rant on the night, but will address the issues that plague the system but manage to present the issues in a manner very few can replicate.
Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart along with Steve Colbert, Louis. C.K and Larry Whitmore would be some of an elite few that can do what Rock does. But again very few of that group again are black.
Therefore, it is truly baffling Tyrese Gibson would call on Rock to step aside. At this critical moment, you truly couldn’t ask for a more suited individual to step onto the world stage and tackle the major issue at hand. Add in that Rock has presented at the awards before. He has been there and done it. He is used to the pressure. He knows how it works. There won’t be first time jitters. Nobody is better suited than Chris Rock to step up at this moment. The world is watching.