Chris Rock has some strong opinions about racism in Hollywood today, and he took to The Hollywood Reporter to pen an article about the problems he sees in the celeb-filled city.
Rock writes extensively about the issues African-Americans in Hollywood face, but he is most accusatory when he discusses how Hollywood treats Mexicans.
“…Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You’re in L.A., you’ve got to try not to hire Mexicans,” he muses. “It’s the most liberal town in the world, and there’s a part of it that’s kind of racist — not racist like “F— you, n—er” racist, but just an acceptance that there’s a slave state in L.A.”
Rock continues: “There’s this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn’t exist anywhere else. I remember I was renting a house in Beverly Park while doing some movie, and you just see all of the Mexican people at 8 o’clock in the morning in a line driving into Beverly Park like it’s General Motors. It’s this weird town.
“You’re telling me no Mexicans are qualified to do anything at a studio? Really? Nothing but mop up? What are the odds that that’s true?”
The comedian adds that he suspects there is “probably a Mexican David Geffen” mopping the floors but he won’t be given a fair shot in the industry.
Rock also writes very matter-of-factly about the roles African-Americans get in Hollywood.
“It’s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing,” he writes. “But how many black men have you met working in Hollywood? They don’t really hire black men. A black man with bass in his voice and maybe a little hint of facial hair? Not going to happen. It is what it is. I’m a guy who’s accepted it all.”
The “Top Five” star also insisted it is harder for African-American women to land a big-screen role.
“…there are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. 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.”
Still, Rock opines that there has been progress in the last several years. He recalls a recent sketch he did “Saturday Night Live” that had nothing to do with race, which he writes wouldn’t have been the case 20 years ago.
Rock concludes by praising President Obama.
“I never limited myself. And that’s the beauty of Obama. It might be a generational thing, because the difference between Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson was that Jesse Jackson never actually ran for president. He ran to disrupt the presidency. If he actually ran for president, he probably could have been president. Jesse Jackson won a bunch of primaries in Southern states, but not for five seconds did he think he could be president, whereas Obama was like, “Yeah, I could be president,” and nobody stopped him. Literally, nobody stopped him.”