It didn’t take long, but the Oscars went political early.
“Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s fine, thanks to (Trump).” That’s as bad as it got.
In a departure from usual Hollywood antics, the host of the 89th Academy Awards Jimmy Kimmel took part of his monologue to address the current state of affairs in politics. However, Kimmel decided to not hit President Donald Trump too hard, but instead offered a word of advice.
“If everyone took a minute to reach out to someone you disagree with… we could make America great again,” Kimmel told the audience to a round of applause.
Of course, Kimmel opened up the show by noting how every country around the world now hates us. He responded to calls of him to be a uniter during the awards ceremony.
“I can’t do that,” the late night talk show host said.
“There’s only one ‘Braveheart’ in the room,” pointing to Mel Gibson, “and he’s not going to unite us either.”
But to give credit where it’s due, Kimmel did his best to mostly avoid the turbulent political waters during his monologue.
Watch Kimmel’s opening monologue below: