Jimmy Kimmel skewers Trump racism in Oscars opening monologue

Kimmel opens the Academy Awards show with digs at the president and the political division in the US as well as his comedy nemesis, Matt Damon

Jimmy Kimmel skewered Donald Trump and the Academys record on diversity in his opening monologue for the Oscars, thanking the president and saying: Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars was racist?

In a self-effacing and sarcasm-laden speech, Kimmel, who was hosting the ceremony for the first time, started by saying how hed been told he needed to deliver a message of unity. This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us, he said.

The country is divided right now. People have been telling me I need to say something to unite us. Im not the man to unite this country, he added, before delivering the only serious part of his monologue.

There are millions and millions of people watching right now, and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation not as liberals or conservatives but as Americans if we all did that it would make America great again. It starts with us.

After his opening monologue, Kimmel continued to jab at Trump and his administration throughout the ceremony. He referred to Ben Carson, Trumps pick as secretary of housing and urban development, as Doctor Strange; he referenced the presidents obsession with fake news and joked that it was nice to have a president who believes in the arts and sciences while introducing Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kimmel encouraged speeches that Trump will tweet about in all caps during his 5am bowel movement tomorrow.

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