Chris Rock is intelligent, and has never been afraid to step out from behind the veil of comedy to interrogate the issues that have made for excellent stand-up content over the course of his career.
First, he directed Good Hair with just the right amount of sensitivity and humour, in an attempt to untangle the politics of beauty that would one day influence his young daughters’ self-images. Most recently he penned a candid, incisive essay on Tinsel Town for The Hollywood Reporter that laid bare the nuances of racism in the industry.
“But forget whether Hollywood is black enough,” Rock writes. “A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You’re in LA, you’ve got to try not to hire Mexicans. It’s the most liberal town in the world, and there’s a part of it that’s kind of racist – not racist like ‘Fuck you, nigger’ racist, but just an acceptance that there’s a slave state in LA.”
Read it at the M&G.
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