It’s official. Chris Rock will host the 2016 Academy Awards:

This will be the 88th Academy Awards and will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

At last year’s show, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was popular among activists protesting a lack of African-American nominees. Did the Academy pick Rock because of this?

But we need to point something out: since 1996, only 5.5 women have hosted the Oscars. Whoopi Goldberg has hosted the gala evening 3 times, Ellen DeGeneres twice and Anne Hathaway co-hosted with James Franco.

What will Jennifer Lawrence say about this? Where’s the equality, Hollywood?

Time to start an #OscarsSoMale hashtag we think!

Flashback. At last year’s show, there was a little online battle between the #OscarsSoWhite crowd and the equal-pay for women crowd led by white actress Patricia Arquette who used her award speech to highlight the issue:

‘Diversity’ fail: Patricia Arquette’s lady parts pandering falls flat with #OscarsSoWhite crowd

We’ll certainly see both sides again this year thanks to Jennifer Lawrence’s outspokenness on pay and the fact that there just aren’t many African-American actors and actresses in films that could get nominated this year.

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