Chris Rock was signed on to host the Oscars this year. He was very excited about the gig until the whole ‘white people’ Oscars came out. You know, the episode where everyone (people of color) claimed that this year’s Oscar nominations don’t include people of color, particulary black people. After that whole episode, Chris is apparently changing some of his jokes to adjust to this situation. He recently appeared on the cover of Essence magazinem, where he talked about a bunch of stuffs, including how black women get paid lesser than anyone else in Hollywood.
Chris Rock on Black Women with good roles in Hollywood
Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there’s not one black woman in there with, like, a real part. It’s a real, real, real problem.
Chris on hosting the Oscars 2016
I’m going to do my best. It could go horribly wrong. Don’t ever think that it can’t. That’s when it goes wrong—when you don’t think there’s any chance of it going wrong. If you know it won’t, it probably won’t.
Chris on Hollywood not wanting to cast Black Girls
I’ve never done a movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn’t gone, ‘Does the girl have to be Black?’ It happens every time. Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect.
Chris Rock on fighting for Black Women in Hollywood
I think everything I’ve ever done has had a significant role for a Black or brown woman. I refuse not to. I’ve never gone into battle without a Black woman, you know, a movie battle. With Tichina Arnold in Everybody Hates Chris, I had to fight for Tichina. I’m not even going to tell you who the network wanted. She’s literally as good as Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus or any of these chicks. They’re like, ‘Tichina who’?’
Chris Rock on Retirement
I was with [Jerry] Seinfeld the other day. We were like, ‘What we got? Five years? Six years?’ Literally. That’s not saying making a living. It’s saying, ‘How much longer do you have where people are going to care [about] what you say?’.