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Oscars 2018: Host Jimmy Kimmel Trains Guns At Sexism In Opening Monologue

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| March 5 , 2018 , 14:41 IST

Hosting the prestigious Academy Awards for the second consecutive year, the unapologetic Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the starry night by taking witty jabs at the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue.

With a year filled with renowned faces taking up the stage to raise their voice against the existence of sexism in Hollywood, Jimmy didn't hold himself back as opening the Oscars 2018 with an unusually serious topic of discussion with an added tinge of humour.

"We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example," he noted. The speculations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein has surely shaken all the members of showbiz and Kimmel feels the revelation was "long overdue".

Tinsel town's outburst over the Weinstein matter has empowered many others to reveal the true faces of many hidden sexual predators of Hollywood. Initiatives like #MeToo and Time's Up against sexual misconduct and gender inequality were highlight by the host.

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Kimmel pointed that sexual disparity is the reason why only 11 percent of movies are made by women. "We will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish," he joked in reference to Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape Of Water'.

Getting all serious, Kimmel opined, "If we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go."

Referring to the life-sized statuette of Oscar, he jibed, "Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood." He reasoned, "Keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations."

Kimmel's balanced monologue addressed the deepest and darkest secrets of Hollywood which were unveiled last year while keeping the atmosphere light with his occasional jibes. His attempt to call for men in Hollywood to 'man up' without actually uttering the words was appreciated by all.