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'Vulgar' Oscar host Rock attacked
Oscars producer Gil Cates (left) with Chris Rock
Oscars ceremony producer Gil Cates (left) has defended Chris Rock
A US Christian group has criticised the choice of comedian Chris Rock as host of this year's Oscars ceremony because they say he is "lewd" and "vulgar".

Concerned Women for America (CWA) said the choice proved Hollywood was "out of touch" with the rest of the country.

CWA said: "Hollywood seems intent on spreading vulgarity far and wide.

"So the F-word-spewing Chris Rock might actually be the perfect Tinseltown ambassador." The Oscars ceremony will take place on 27 February.

'Idiotic' awards

"The Grammys [music awards] just suffered a ratings disaster, so perhaps Hollywood, lemminglike, wants to go off the same cliff," the CWA added.

This year will see Rock, known for stand-up comedy TV specials and films like Head of State, Bad Company and Dogma, compere the show for the first time.

He recently pledged to steer clear of bad language, saying: "I've been on TV and been funny not cursing."

But the comedian recently caused controversy for saying he had rarely watched the Oscars and calling award shows "idiotic".

Ceremony producer Gil Cates said: "The Academy is excited about Chris Rock hosting this year's Oscar telecast and looking forward to a very funny evening with him."


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