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Chris Rock Teases the Internet About His “Blackout” of the Oscars

Chris Rock has chosen to hype his forthcoming Oscars hosting gig as though it’s a follow-up to The Ring, via this tweeted video of several seconds of static. Is there something buried deep within this video that will give us clues about the jokes to come? Probably not. But, I mean, let me know if you find anything.

Chris Rock has also recently posted a photo of himself in a spacesuit, captioned “Getting my outfit together” — although that might not be related to the Oscars. Let’s just assume it is!

Rock initially took this gig because it seemed like it would be “a good time,” or so he told THR: “What’s easier and better than presenting? You come in, do something really funny and get out of there.” That was before the #OscarsSoWhite campaign started up again, after which point Rock cancelled all of his press interviews — and presumably, got right to work on his hotly-anticipated opening monologue.

THR reports that Rock hasn’t finished that monologue quite yet, but he has some ideas planned. In addition to making fun of the glut of superhero movies, he also intends to make “inequality” into one of his “prime targets.” If this “blackout” tweet is any indication, Rock will also shut this whole event down. Through the power of comedy. Or literally.

Rock’s reference to a “blackout,” by the way, most likely refers to this long-running hashtag campaign — but also, it reminded me of Beyonce’s Super Bowl blackout. Either way, sounds like a pretty good attitude to have about an event that could stand to shake things up a bit. Good luck, Chris Rock!

(via THR, image via Giphy)

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