B-list action heroine, Michelle Rodriguez stepped in it recently after seeing Lee Daniels’ film ‘The Paperboy.’ Despite its mixed reviews, Rodriguez apparently loved the film and was completely taken by Nicole Kidman’s performance, particularly the scene in which she pees on Zac Efron and has a very loud, very graphic orgasm.
“I loved The Paperboy!” she told NY Mag’s Vulture, and had a few words for the film’s critics: “I say fuck them because they don’t get it. He’s so good at keeping me entertained. When I don’t like the dialogue, I’m amused by the visuals. And when I don’t like the visuals, I’m amused by the dialogue. It’s always switching up senses. I’m intrigued by his ability to capture me in a theater. It’s not easy to capture me in a theater — I’m ADD like that.”
But it was her misguided praise of Kidman’s performance that have some people scratching their heads.
“I f-cking loved it,” Rodriguez explained. “One of my friends said, ‘She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar for that.’ I was like, ‘Nah, man. She’s not black!’ I laugh, but it’s also very sad. It makes me want to cry. But I really believe. You have to be trashy and black to get nominated. You can’t just be trashy.”
Hmm. Perhaps Rodriguez has been watching a different set of award ceremonies than the rest of us. Considering only five black women have taken home Academy Awards, two for “gritty” roles (Halle Berry in Monsters Ball and Mo’Nique for Precious), while countless other white women have won for “trashy” roles (Charlize Theron in Monster or Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny), Rodriguez’s statement is not only misguided, it’s just plain wrong.
While I think I understand Rodriguez’s sentiment—that Hollywood only rewards one narrow depiction of black women—her ability to articulate the nuances of such an argument is sorely lacking.
What do you think?