Locals react to Chris Rock's controversial...

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 20:53:16-05

Diversity issues continue to plague the Oscars. And last night this year’s host Chris Rock fanned the flames in his opening monologue.

While some say Rock kept the audience and even those at home entertained, many are lashing out on social media saying the comedian's jokes were offensive and tasteless.

The outspoken and unapologetic comedian went right for the elephant in the room. But did you expect anything less?

Since announcing the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards last month, social media exploded after not one person of color was nominated in the acting categories, triggering the birth of the popular hashtag, Oscar-so-white.

Standing in solidarity many people said they would not be in attendance for Hollywood’s biggest night or tune in. One of the first people who announced they would not be attending was actress Jada Pickett Smith who Rock called out during the ceremony.

Known to be blunt and to the point, Ralph Bailey, host of The Ralph Bailey Show, was shocked the diversity dialog dominated the broadcast.

"Excuse me if I’m not bent out of shape if whether twenty-million dollar will smith gets an award or not,” said Bailey.

While some in the twitter world accused the comedian of going too far with his jokes, NAACP radio host Monte C. Wilson felt his monologue was brilliant.

"He successfully talked about the process. The lack of black actors and he also made fun of the people who were complaining, said Wilson.

Say what you want but whether you think Rock took it too far or not, it definitely has folks around town talking.