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Awards shows are no stranger to controversy regarding their recognition of people of color, despite good movies being made, and old white people are insanely salty about it. Taking a look at the list of Oscar nominees in 2016 is pretty appalling: What was particularly upsetting about the Oscar nominees for Best Picture was the absence of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, even though it was both a commercial and critical success. What happened to the days when a person of color like Whoopi Goldberg getting an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) was an achievement that could happen?
The MTV Movie Awards haven't even been broadcast yet but we already know the nominees and winners and most importantly, news of who gave a piece of their mind at the podium onstage is slowly rolling out. Even though their list of nominees were hardly an improvement from the more elite awards shows, at least Straight Outta Compton was nominated for a good few awards, and actually won the "True Story" award.
MTV reported that upon accepting the award, Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton, began his speech with "I would just like to take a moment to, like, thank the Academy. I mean, MTV. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. My bad!" Way to throw some perfect shade.
The scene seems to have been pretty perfect, with Compton-born Kendrick Lamar presenting the award, who blew audiences away with his extremely political performance calling for racial justice at the Grammys earlier this year. Though there isn't a clip out yet, the awards show will air tonight at 8pm on MTV, so you can embrace the full levels of shade and celebration.