Chris Rock Calls Oscars the ‘White BET Awards’ Following Controversy Surrounding Academy’s Lack of Diversity

Chris Rock is recognizing the controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards.

The host of the upcoming Oscars shared a new 15-second promo on Twitter Friday, calling the awards show “the White BET Awards” a day after the crop of Oscar nominees were announced.

The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.

— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) January 15, 2016

For the second year in a row, actors of color were shut out of the nominations. The Oscars class of 2016 is once again solely composed of white actors and actresses, despite the Academy taking steps to address diversity.

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on social media due to the lack of minority races in any of the four major acting categories in addition to the Academy receiving backlash for snubbing African-American-led films like Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation and Concussion.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs spoke out in response to the controversy telling Deadline, “Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated].”

In the video, Rock teases three reasons why viewers should watch the Feb. 28 telecast: “Presenter cleavage,” “Check out who died this year” and “I might curse.”

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