In a year where diversity, or the lack thereof, was front and center at the Oscars, it was inevitable that outspoken host Chris Rock was going to offend someone. Raise your hand if you thought it was going to be sorority girls.
Rock’s monologue was wonderful, touching on everything from #OscarSoWhite to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the ceremony to black people in the past being “too busy” getting “raped and lynched to worry about who won best cinematographer.” He summed up Hollywood thusly:
Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist. But it isn’t the racist you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, “We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.” That’s how Hollywood is.
The white people in the audience chuckled uneasily, but Rock’s comment was no laughing matter to the real victims: sorority members.
Racism is a problem at sororities. Last year, a viral video from the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi house was criticized for being “so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition,” while a recent study found sororities “compound class-based and racial segregation within campuses,” according to Fusion. Chris Rock couldn’t have picked a better target.