That's the message today from Oscar producer Gil Cates over reports that some members of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences were rankled by comments that this year's Academy Awards emcee, Chris Rock, made poking fun at Hollywood's biggest night.
"Come on, it's a fashion show," the Bring the Pain comic says in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. "What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don't recognize comedy, and you don't see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it?"
Rock also disparaged the idea of giving out trophies in lower-profile technical categories. "Awards for art are f---ing idiotic," he says. (Rock has previously said that, if Jamie Foxx doesn't win Best Actor for Ray, "I'll take an Oscar from one of the sound or light people that win and give it to him. Jamie Foxx is not going to walk out of that place without an Oscar.")