Chris Rock labels Oscars ‘White BET Awards’ amid diversity criticism

Comedian joins in #OscarsSoWhite chat

Oscars host Chris Rock has become the latest person to criticise the annual awards for showing a lack of diversity.

The nominations for the 2016 ceremony were announced on Thursday with no black actors nominated in any of the major categories for the second year in a row. Just like in 2015, #OscarsSoWhite was trending on Twitter as fans expressed their outrage at history repeating itself.

In his latest promotional clip for the awards, which he will host on February 28, Rock makes reference to the outrage and labelled the Oscars “The White BET Awards”. Rock did, however, give a list of three things people can still tune in to see; “Presenter cleavage,” to “Check out who died this year” and “I might curse.”

Check out the full list of nominations for the 88th Academy Awards here

Rock, who recently claimed that Jennifer Lawrence’s problems with equal pay in Hollywood would be worse if she was black, will host the Oscars for the second time when he helms this year’s event. Actor Neil Patrick Harris served hosted last year, drawing the show’s lowest ratings in six years.

Other recent hosts have included Jon Stewart (2006 and 2008), Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and 2014), Hugh Jackman (2009), Billy Crystal (2012), Seth MacFarlane (2013), and the pairings of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (2010) and James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011).