“Representing all dem who has been overlooked” Ali G took to the Oscars stage to… wait, why was Ali G on stage at the Oscars? Oh, who cares. We’re happy to see him (even if we had kind of forgotten about him).
The second the wannabe rapper (aka actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen) walked out on stage, arm in arm with a very brave Olivia Wilde, we knew we were in for a funny bit. Giving shout outs to the underrepresented at this year’s Academy Awards, he name dropped Will Smith, Idris Elbow (sic), and “the amazing black bloke” Darth Vader (actually played by a white guy but, ironically, voiced by James Earl Jones), adding his own voice to the #Oscarsowhite conversation.
But he also went somewhere we weren’t expecting, asking why there wasn’t a special Oscar for those “hardworking little yellow people with tiny…” Ahem. He was talking, of course, about Despicable Me‘s Minions—who’d already received more than their share of humiliation at the 88th Academy Awards before having their private business aired in front of an audience of millions.
Cohen claimed that he was retiring Ali G back in 2007 but the rapper reappeared—or rather, was resurrected— in 2014 for a new show appropriately titled Rezurection. It seems as though Ali just can’t stay out of the spotlight. Next thing you know, he’ll be gunning for host Chris Rock‘s job—and wouldn’t that be ironic.
Is there anything less white than the Oscars? Well…