Chris Rock was the best awards show host EVER at the BET Awards on June 29, and I am actively going to start a campaign that he host every awards show ever. Let me count the ways!
Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards on June 29 and totally killed it, without question, without exaggeration. At the Nokia Theater, Chris made the time fly by with an opening monologue that had the crowd in stitches, and with various jokes, sketches, and even disses — looking at you, Chris Brown — that kept the crowd on their toes. Read on for more on why I think he did such an incredible job!
Chris Rock As A BET Awards Host Was Hilarious, And He Should Host Every Year
The concept of an awards “season” is kind of a joke at this point — calling it a “season” implies an end at some point; it seems like every week there is a new awards show which pats the same artists on the back over and over again.
However, the BET Awards are different — honoring the best in black entertainment, Chris Rock had the opportunity to host an awards show that is unique and special to begin with, which he turned into an absolutely hilarious three-and-a-half hours that flew by in a second!
His opening monologue was totally hilarious — in it, he talked about the past year in black culture. Of course, Solange‘s attack on Jay Z was brought up, and Chris mentioned how a lot of people were surprised that Jay Z didn’t hit back. However, Jay Z can’t hit Solange, according to Chris, because this is The Blueprint 3 Jay Z! Blueprint 3 Jay Z is a businessman; he has a meeting with Nabisco in the morning. If Solange had attacked Reasonable Doubt Jay Z, “that elevator would have been filled with nothing but lipstick, blood and weave.”
He also poked fun at Oprah for her performance in The Butler, and how she must have needed coaching to learn how to act like a poor person. What’s a spatula? Oprah always thought it was a money-flipper. If you make a movie about civil rights and white people like it, Chris says, it’s not a good civil rights movie. As he put it, you don’t see Germans walking out of Holocaust films talking about how great they are!
Chris Rock: The First Black Person Donald Sterling Ever Met, He Got For Christmas
And it wouldn’t be a monologue about the biggest black news of the year without mentioning Donald Sterling, racist and all-around awful person; according to Chris, it wasn’t really a surprise that an 80-year-old white man was racist; the first black man that Donald ever met, he got for Christmas! Hilarious.
Chris’ is the kind of humor that flies at the BET Awards, and which fell flat at the Oscars when he hosted in 2005. It’s not that Chris was a bad host, it’s that he needs the right venue. The BET Awards are a fun time filled with amazing fashion, music, and dance, and while the show was well-produced and went off without a hitch, it never took itself overly seriously, and was a true celebration.
Later in the show, viewers were treated to a taped segment that saw Chris at a monster truck rally filled with, well, the kind of people you’d expect to be at a monster truck rally; that is, not overly familiar with black culture. Confronted with a cardboard cut-out of Rick Ross, one man thought it was Mr. T. When Chris asked him if he knew what Kwanzaa was, the man demurred once more, and Chris told him that Rick Ross is black Santa Claus. I mean, he’s just the best.
I won’t list every one of Chris’ stellar jokes, but the celebs in attendance weren’t immune to his jabs — from Paris Hilton to Justin Bieber to Chris Brown, nobody was safe! They asked for it, really.
This was Chris’ first time hosting the BET Awards, and judging by his performance for the 2014 edition, he clearly needs to be doing it every year. And hosting everything every year — stuffy audience members at the Oscars be damned.
So, HollywoodLifers, do you agree with me? Was Chris an amazing host or what? Let me know!
– Amanda Michelle Steiner
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