Chris Rock is using his press tour for his upcoming film Top Five as a way to let loose about some of the existing issues that everyone knows about but nobody ever seems to want to publicly tackle.
Rock opened up to The Hollywood Reporter and expressed his views on everything from the enslavement of Mexicans in Los Angeles to Hollywood’s blatant ignorance when it comes to utilizing Black talent.
He admits that he makes it a point to help young up and coming black comedians because they are at a disadvantage when it comes to projecting a career path that resembles their white counterparts. They are not catered in a manner that guarantees longevity or success. He also explains that he played a big part in getting current SNL cast member, Leslie Jones hired. Saying, “She’s about as funny as a human can be, but she didn’t go to Second City, she doesn’t do stand-up at The Cellar and she’s not in with Judd Apatow, so how the hell was she ever going to get through unless somebody like me says to Lorne Michaels, ‘Hey, look at this person’?”
Rock also spared no expense when talking about how Mexicans are embarrassingly juggled around by wealthy and privileged Hollywood types. He describes how there is a hovering slave mentality in LA that tolerates the notion “that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn’t exist anywhere else”.
He then goes into a passionate tirade about Hollywood’s refusal to fully utilize the array of black talented actresses who continue to be passed over for roles that they are dully qualified for. “But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I’m not sure there are. I don’t remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth”.
Rock frustratingly acknowledges that the highly sought after roles always go to white actresses because Black actresses are never given the opportunity to audition for them. He also explains the stringent casting regimen in place for Black actors. “Now, when it comes to casting, Hollywood pretty much decided to cast a Black guy or they don’t. We’re never on the ‘short list’. We’re never ‘in the mix’. When there’s a hot part in town and the guys are reading for it, that’s just what happens, It was never like, ‘Is it going to be Ryan Gosling or Chiwetel Ejiofor for Fifty Shades of Grey?’ And you know Black people f—, too. White women actually want to f—- Black guys, sometimes more than white guys. More women want to f—- Tyrese than Jamie Dornan, and not even close. It’s not a contest. Even Jamie would go, “Ok, you got it”.
The comedian and actor basically declared Hollywood a “white industry” in the same way that the NBA is a “Black industry”.
Rock also briefly touched upon Obama’s presidency by pointing out his influence would most likely be felt by the younger generation.