One of the biggest controversies still swirling after Oscars night focuses on Chris Rock’s sale of Girl Scout Cookies during Sunday’s ceremony, as people are still trying to sort out what really happened.
Rock encouraged audience members to buy cookies in the midst of the awards fest, telling the gathered celebrities: “I want you to reach into your millionaire pockets and I want you to buy some of my daughters’ Girl Scout cookies.”
TMZ.com reported Monday that a “tote board” indicating that the cookie sale had raised $65,243, which Rock showcased onstage, was just a part of the joke. The report cites a Girl Scouts rep saying the cookie sale actually moved about 500 boxes, bringing in about $2,500, although some audience members may have placed orders for later delivery.
The report also notes that the proceeds went to a troop based in Inglewood, Calif., and not the troop to which Rock’s daughters Lola, 11, and Zahra, 13, belong, which is in New York.
The New York Post later published a report contradicting the TMZ version.
“Although a TMZ report surfaced … claiming Rock, 51, sold only $2,500 worth of cookies to the well-heeled crowd, the 104-year-old organization insists Hollywood’s elite dug deep into their pockets during the broadcast — and that donations also went into that final figure,” the Post reported.
The Post published a statement from a Girl Scouts spokesperson saying: “Both Girl Scouts of the USA and the Academy have verified that, through sales of Girl Scout cookies and donations made during the Oscars, the Girl Scouts raised $65,243 that will benefit girls, allowing them to improve their communities and continue developing into strong leaders.”