Michelle Rodriguez Says You Have To Be "Trashy And Black" To Win An Oscar

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by Sergio
May 30, 2012 1:15 PM
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I love it when I come across something like this. It's always guaranteed to get people talking. And, no doubt, there will be some of you who'll be outraged by her comments, while others will agree with her.

Let's see what happens this time.

In a very recent interviewMichelle Rodriguez sang her praises for Lee Daniels' latest film, The Paperboy, which she saw at the Cannes Film Festival.

Though the film has received mainly negative reviews, calling everything from "outrageous," to "uintentionally funny" and "campy," the film does have its defenders, including, evidently, Ms. Rodriguez.

She was very impressed with Nicole Kidman's performance in the film as a wacko, white trash slut, but she feels that Kidman has no chance of winning an Oscar, or even just be nominated for one, because... well read it for yourself:

"I f---g loved it. 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."

Hmmmm.... ya think Michelle could be referring to two other Oscar-winning black actresses who, by the way, got their Oscars for their performances in Lee Daniels films (whether produced or directed)?

What do you say? Was Rodriguez speaking out of pocket, or telling the truth?

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119 Comments

  • Tikk | April 18, 2013 3:29 PMReply

    When black actors accept roles that portray Clownish, Bafoonish, Crude, Violent, Hypersexual, Ignorant behavior they perpetuate stereotypes that promote negative and hostile feelings toward the black-community.

    Black people are painted with a very broad-brush when it comes to negative or bad behavior - it's not fair, but it's true.

  • Tikk | April 18, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    SO TRUE. Liberal-Hollywood prefers stereotypical blacks because it perpetuate hostile and negative feelings towards the black-community as a whole. Thus, this keeps blacks from having a lot of influence on their "playground".

    They prefer blacks speak slang, make self-deprecating jokes, trash-talk... they also have to be loud, crude, hypersexual, and the women have to be unrefined and unattractive... This is all a covert way to keep blacks in their place, so speak.

  • LaToya | June 13, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    Rodriguez is an idiot. Actors/actresses get Oscars when they finally step out of their comfort zones and excel at roles that they've never done before. Mo'Nique did just that in Precious. She went from always playing the funny, comic-relief characters to *that.* It was excellent. Denzel won for Training Day as he had never before played an antagonist, at least not one that gritty. Same with Forest Whitaker, always a protagonist until The Last King of Scotland. So don't give me that skin color crap. Effort and versatility is what you need. Start playing something other than the slut-bitch scrapper Rodriguez, then maybe you'll win something. Oh, and you have to be good, too (something at which Kidman seems to be hit-and-miss).

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  • Ro Seivo | June 6, 2012 8:14 AMReply

    Leaving Las Vegas (Elisabeth Shue)

  • Tikk | April 18, 2013 3:12 PM

    The difference is that these roles are rare instances for Caucasian actresses, but for black actresses this is the norm.

    In Liberal-Hollywood, black women are usually portrayed as loud, hypersexual, down-trodden, unattractive, unhappy women with hostility or various other negative issues. If she's attractive they relegate her to a wh*re-role or have her competing for the affections of a Caucasian man.

  • the pompatus of cinema | June 5, 2012 7:20 PMReply

    It was a racist comment. Even though her Harvard genealogist said she's 21% African, many latinos rep their black heritage others hate it with a passion. What she said was basically, "blacks getting the sh*t kicked out of them in Hollywood for 80 years is ok. But blacks getting awards,or for that matter, jobs, winning elections, is all unfair to real people. Because black people are innately unlaudable and can only take from other people who rightfully deserve things." Nice Michelle. So black people are going to rip off Nicole Kidman, huh? String 'em Uppp!"

  • Eustace Cromartie | June 5, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    What she said mad zero sense. All of actors have won Oscars for playing trashy or villainous roles. If you are always playing goodie to shoes and you step outside of the box and show the world a intense powerful performance you are more likely to win aka Halle and Denzel. It is easier for most actors (black or white) to play vile characters and win awards because everybody loves a good villain. Its funny how y'all are getting mad when the examples you give were written or directed by black people.(Precious, Training Day) Lets not get all hype about Halle either she was making BS choices for roles. Monster's Ball was her best role of her career. I wouldn't even call it trashy is was raw and her character was lost and hurting. Kate Winslett is always naked in here movies she has been nominated 6 times and has won to Oscars but nobody calls her or her roles trashy. It takes a great performance to win a Oscar. many times a black person gets nominated but it is not the best performance. For the record I am black and I have watched thousands of movies. I take 2 hours a day for my time to watch a new film so I see most of the Oscar performances. Oh yea stop bringing up Denzel and X because he didn't win, it just wasn't the best performance that year, nor was it one of his best.

  • Nadell | June 3, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    I think she lacks the precise ability to articulate her words. But I completely understand what she's saying.

  • Martamique Ajoku | June 4, 2012 9:32 AM

    ...My sentiments exactly....I understood her point she just wasn't eloquent enough for people to see past the words, "black and trashy"

  • Theresa | June 3, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    Michelle Rodriguez does have a point.. The black actors who have won Oscars in recent years are all brilliant. Jennifer Hudson and Monique, I just love their natural acting ability. However, Monique's character in Precious just had to be the meanest motherf***er ever. Halle Berry and Denzel Washington are two of the best actors around period,however,their Oscar wins came off of poor role models that happen to have been black. I'm looking forward to the day where we'll see people of color receiving Oscars off of characters with strong and positive substance..

  • manga | June 5, 2012 3:15 AM

    nicely put i agree with you

  • lilkunta | June 3, 2012 3:27 PMReply

    These are all the Afr Am Oscar wins:
    -1939 Hattie McDaniel Gone With Wind Best Supp A
    -1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies Of The Field Best A
    -1982 Louis Gossett Jr Officer & Gentleman Best Supp A
    -1989 Denzel Washington Glory BSA
    -1990 Whoopi Goldberg Ghost BSA
    -1996 Cuba Gooding Jr Jerry Maguire BSA
    -2001 Denzel Washington Training Day BA
    -2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball BA
    -2004 Jamie Foxx Ray BA
    -2004 Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby BSA
    -2006 Forest Whitaker Idi Amin BA
    -2006 JHud Dreamgirls BSA
    -2009 Monique Precious BSA
    -2011 Octavia Spencer The Help BSA
    . . . . . . . . . . . Of these 14 wins, IMO only GWTHW (acceptable only bc for that time, 1939, this was the sole role AfrAm could have), Lilies, Officer& Gent, Ray, Idi Amin, Dreamgirls, and possibly The Help were worthy wins.
    I feel the others were for negative stereotypical portrayals of Afr Am.

  • lilkunta | June 3, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    This is all the Afr Am who have won acting oscars.

    1939 Hattie McDaniel Gone With Wind Best Supp A
    1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies Of The Field Best A
    1982 Louis Gossett Jr Officer & Gentleman Best Supp A
    1989 Denzel Washington Glory BSA
    1990 Whoopi Goldberg Ghost BSA
    1996 Cuba Gooding Jr Jerry Maguire BSA
    2001 Denzel Washington Training Day BA
    2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball BA
    2004 Jamie Foxx Ray BA
    2004 Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby BSA
    2006 Forest Whitaker Idi Amin BA
    2006 JHud Dreamgirls BSA
    2009 Monique Precious BSA
    2011 Octavia Spencer The Help BSA

    Of these 14 wins, IMO only GWTHW (acceptable only bc for that time, 1939, this was the sole role AfrAm could have), Lilies, Officer& Gent, Ray, Idi Amin, Dreamgirls, and possibly The Help were worthy wins.
    I feel the others were for negative stereotypical portrayals of Afr Am.

  • Q | June 3, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    Charlize Theron in Monster? White trash no? I'm not sure whether or not I agree with the way she phrased her comment. You don't have to be black and trashy to win an Oscar. But if you're black, your character must be trashy or demeaning.. if not, you must be depicting a dead entertainer.

  • Tikk | April 18, 2013 3:18 PM

    In Liberal-Hollywood, black women are usually portrayed as loud, hypersexual, down-trodden, unattractive, unhappy women with hostility or various other negative issues. If she's attractive they relegate her to a wh*re-role or have her competing for the affections of a Caucasian man.

    Hattie McDanials: Maid
    Whoopie Goldberg: Unattractive clown
    Halle Berry: Wh*re chasing after a Caucasian man
    Monique: Every negative stereotype imaginable
    Otavia Spencer: Maid

    ... and the cycle continues.

  • missjr | June 5, 2012 10:50 PM

    I think your comment makes the most sense thus far. 1. she's wrong bc plenty white ppl have won for being trashy. 2. what she should have said was "you can't be black and get an oscar. you have to be black and trashy". what she said is racist or rather perhaps, colorist. had she said it this way, it would have made sense. but with what she said, she just sounds like a complete idiot.

  • Kevin | June 3, 2012 1:39 AMReply

    She's trashy and dark! Has she won an Oscar??

  • Danna Kiel | October 9, 2012 1:52 AM

    Now you're funny and that's an excellent question. I kinda get what she might be trying to say...but her words are so whack they make her comment beyond recognition and I still can't gather whether her heart is. Is she mad about us winning with trashy roles as we should be concerned by theses outcomes or is she suggesting the accolade is now tarnished in someway because of who the academy itself has voted for that a certain type of performance seems to be getting attention, as a result ?

  • aw yeah son | June 2, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    Man I don't care WHAT she said, this chick just keeps getting hotter and hotter. People keep telling me she's gay and I hope that ain't true (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

  • Monica | June 13, 2012 6:07 PM

    As if you'd have a chance with that anyway! LOL

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  • mzdiamondz | June 1, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    I agree with her, look at all of the Oscars, etc that have been given to black people. All were us being depicted of how they view us - Halle Berry had to be raped by a trashy white guy to get an Oscar? Denzel had to act like a thug, the ladies from the movie I refuse to watch The Help they had to play Aunt Jamimas to get this award. That is what she is talking about.

  • Eustace | June 5, 2012 6:47 PM

    Your comment is bs! The are ACTORS people playing roles. Denzel always played a good guy so he really showed some shill when he played a villain. Same thing with Halle. Daniel Day Lewis is always nominated and usually wins when he plays a villain. many times white actors win playing villains but you don't see white folk complaining. It is obvious that you didn't see the help or know what you are talking about and her character was not a Aunt Jamimas type at all. Her both of the actresses that were nominated for The Help played characters with strength and intelligence.

  • lilkunta | June 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    mz diamondz: amen!
    But denzel did win FIRST oscar(best supp) 4 a great historical role: Prvt Tripp in GLORY in 1989.

  • Agreed | June 1, 2012 5:40 PM

    Exactly on point.

  • Ali | June 1, 2012 3:53 PM

    What is with all of these people trying to make sense of her nonsensical comments?

  • dl | June 1, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    The title was very controversial and shocking but after reading her comments I have to admit that she is right. Bp cannot be glamourous, intelligent and moral and win award nowadays back in the sydney poiter days that wasnt the case but wp can be anything BUT trailer trash and win with the exception of miss theron of course. What she said could be misconstrued of course and was a little blunt but she has a real point.
    Watch how 12 years a slave and half of a yellow sun will be roundly ignored by the acadamy voters.

  • Kenneth | June 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    Can somebody please get this guy a dictionary and some grammar lessons? Geeeeez . . .

  • Cree Seven | June 1, 2012 5:55 AMReply

    I am classified as black. I suspect that Ms. Rodriguez was stating the truth. Under the system of global white supremacy, only black people or, at the very least people who clearly are not white, are encouraged and rewarded for behaving in ways that would cause many people to feel justified in mistreating those like them.

    Now those white folks who support that global system are spinning the statement to make it seem as if Rodriguez's statement was, itself, racist (white supremacists) and untrue. Denial is absolutely necessary to keep this system going.

  • C.F.Godwell | June 1, 2012 12:06 AMReply

    At first, I defended her by telling myself she probably meant "AS OPPOSED TO A CLASSY ROLE" which in that case, I would have to agree because Denzel should not have received an Oscar for that role. Malcolm X or Glory easily were FAR better performances. HOWEVER, upon inspection and deep thought...she definitely was referring to Monique, IMO. Might have just lost a fan. Maybe if she stop playing the same Tough-Chick-with-a-Gun rolls and stop boozing, she can get an Oscar too.

    Remember LOST? She doesn't either.
    Sorry, but Dominicans are KNOWN for hating Black people and the African in their blood.

  • iamrda | June 6, 2012 10:51 AM

    Godwell, you hit the nail on the head. I live in the Bronx and Dominicans here...especially here in NYC, act as though that melanin came from heaven, instead African lineage. Rodriguez's inability to articulate her thoughts appropriately, merely supports the notion of self hatred; something so prevalent in fairer skinned people of color...especially those with closer African heritage than others. So sad...moving on...too busy being black, educated and classy. :)

  • eustace | June 5, 2012 6:49 PM

    well said

  • lilkunta | June 3, 2012 3:19 PM

    @ c f godwell: Dont 4get
    1987's Steve Biko in Cry freedom or
    1993's The Pelican Brief or
    1999's Rubin Carter in Hurricane or
    2001's John Q!
    To this day I havent seen Training Day & I wont. I feel it will make me like DW less as I saw Monster's Ball and now dont like Halle.

  • BluTopaz | May 31, 2012 8:48 PMReply

    Can't believe so many of you are analyzing the words of this drunk dumbinacan.

  • Mark T | May 31, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    Glen ,Im assuming u meant quit usurping..... I couldnt agree more

  • glen | May 31, 2012 12:19 PMReply

    She is an illegal and wants to call someone trashy??? Please go back home and usurping resources that should be only used by LEGAL US citizens!!!

  • creaky | May 31, 2012 3:31 PM

    FYI, since you didn't bother to look it up, she was born in Texas, so she's an American,thank you. And even if she was born in Puerto Rico, she'd STILL be an American because since PR is a U.S. Commonwealth country, everybody there has automatic American citizenship. Do your research about people before you start flinging nasty, stupid insults---just because someone is Latino dosen't automatically make them an illegal immigrant.

  • SB Moseley | May 31, 2012 11:15 AMReply

    Not a stab at black people. The comment was made towards the industry.

  • jackbostic | May 31, 2012 6:00 AMReply

    I think she was speaking of this particular part being played by Nicole Kidman.

  • jean vigo | May 31, 2012 2:27 AMReply

    I guess Michelle needs to stop listening to her agent(s) and manager. Put down the machine guns and eject from the "Avatar" fighter ship for the quick and big money. Go find a role that you can do for less money, against your 10/15-percenters' advice, and see if you can pull it off....hmm., Charlize did trashy with a pay cut in "Monster" = Oscar; Julia did it in "Erin Brokovich" = Oscar; Sandra did it in "The Blind Side" = Oscar; Melissa did it in "The Fighter" = Oscar; and, well, Halle, who is both African- and Caucasian-American, did it in "Monster's Ball" = Oscar. Just a few off the top of my head.

    The bigger point, whether Rodriguez intends it or not, is that it is a reflection of Academy voting, not great acting. Maybe she should be talking about the great work of underrated performers like Angela Bassett, Sophie Okenodo, Kerry Washington and Latinas such as Rosie Perez, Salma Hayak, and Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ("El Norte," an oft forgotten masterowrk of Latin-American cinema) - and this is a short, short list - who can transcend looks and consistently do great work in everything they've appeared in.

  • Kenneth | June 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    Good points. Don't forget about Kathy Bates winning for 'Misery'; that was a trashy, pathetic character. See, Michelle Rodriguez doesn't know WTF she talking about. She IS a drunk, remember.

  • sergio | May 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    Are you THE Jean Vigo? And all this time I thought you died in the 1930's. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jean Renoir

  • A Real Chicagoan | May 31, 2012 2:20 AMReply

    Thanks Leonard Raymond, now I get it. At first I scratched my head, I do not know her to be that way, she is still good by me. #clarification

  • Mandy | May 31, 2012 1:42 AMReply

    "Out of pocket" actually means a cash expenditure, often resulting in a financial loss.

  • rhart61575 | May 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    "out of pocket...out of line.. are slangs.

  • A Real Chicagoan | May 31, 2012 2:03 AM

    Mandy, "Out of pocket" is also a cultural idiom, African Americans and the hip urbane use the phrase in both context. "Actually" there is no need for you to provide correction... Thanx but no thanx:-)

  • LeonRaymond | May 31, 2012 12:09 AMReply

    And of course , the conversation was between her and her home girl Iriecema, not for the press and this home girl has jet dark, Black skin and use to hang with some Flavor Unit posse back in the day!

  • VoiceOfReason | May 31, 2012 12:09 AMReply

    LOL at all of you trying to analyze a nutty buddy. This is a "headline" worthy of debate??? She's not even an "A-list" actress.

  • LeonRaymond | May 30, 2012 11:40 PMReply

    Right on Michelle right on x 10 -What she was implying and I have reached out to her for many a project, and you all know my stance and supreme Love for Latino films, What she was saying is that being Lee Daniels and White Hollywood feels that he threw dirt on their sacred pillars and they won't reward Nicole in this film at all, but had it been a Black woman or Man lowering them selves to below earthly depths they would have nominated and thrown the keys to Gold at them. Be a Black woman and be trashy and get awarded for it cause that's How Hollywood wants to see us and won't let go of that. She knows the real deal, it has nothing to do with not recognizing her Blackness, when she was on roller skates and rolling around Jersey City, she always referred to her self as a Afro Latino and once stated in a conversation "they will never ask my Black Ass to do a comedy" She speaking out of anger at how Hollywood is and remember I was around when they plucked her from chilling in Dirty Jersey to do Girl fight, she did not bang on their doors!!!

  • anon | June 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    lol she aint black only in america would she be considered a woman of colour let alone black! she looks white to me.

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 11:58 PM

    Of course, the problem is that she didn't say what you said and how you said it.

  • Paula | May 30, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    Michelle must be drinking again.

  • cany | May 30, 2012 11:28 PMReply

    You know, its funnny...this makes me laugh and smh all at the same time. You people feed into it EVERY time. This is almost screaming for the attention and just as predicted you have the people who are offended by it and cause a ruckus. Why? Lighten up seriously...some people hear the word black and it sets them off I swear...it's not that serious people.

  • etomi | May 30, 2012 11:14 PMReply

    And this after finding out on Skip Gate's PBS Genealogy show that she is 21.5% African! Go figure! lol

  • WiseMocha | May 30, 2012 11:06 PMReply

    I understand the point she was trying to make, but I still thought the comment was unnecessary. Nothing to get upset over, but nothing to applaud either.

  • Malt | May 30, 2012 9:35 PMReply

    The comment is so ignorant and mindless - I can't even be bothered by it. Additionally, what exactly is Michelle Rodriguez doing? Nothing. Hatin'...

    I just saw Dr. Skip Gates do her genealogy and from what she said in the show, her family was basically extremely impoverished ("trashy") in Santo Domingo, DR... Is the pot calling the kettle black???

  • Ant | May 30, 2012 7:50 PMReply

    Love Michelle and this comment was awesome.

  • Deleice | May 30, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    @ N'Jaila Rhee- I agree, she does have a history with alcohol. IMO, I think reporters purposefully seek actors like this who look and act like they've had too much libations (a.k.a the drank) so they can receive a response that will strike up controversy. I am in no way defending MR but I question how she would feel if Scarlett Johassen made a remark like that about Chicanos/Chicanas being trashy? She'd be the character in Girlfight once more.

  • ktmoney | May 30, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    Uh... Didn't Nicole Kidman already get an Academy Award for playing Virginia Wolf? Kinda makes the whole arguement null don't it? I can't get my pressure up over someone who doesn't know the news of her trade.

  • ms.stone | May 30, 2012 5:23 PMReply

    Charlise Theron.
    Monster.
    Oscar winner.
    It doesn't get more "trashy" than that.

  • Peggy | May 30, 2012 5:20 PMReply

    Well then she should be getting an Oscar any day now.

  • Nadine | May 30, 2012 4:30 PMReply

    Michelle is always out of pocket, but that is her personality. She has no filter. Check out her "FINDING YOUR ROOTS" episode ad-mixture results segment that was forwarded to me... she is colorful and could be seen as inflammatory. This is just her personality... see 47:09 into the video http://video.pbs.org/video/2235112943).

  • CareyCarey | May 30, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    Michelle Rodriguez's comment is very problematic in the sense that she's implying black actors and/or black films only get nominated for Oscars when ________(fill in the black). So I am compelled to challenge that notion. I mean, it's true, many of us complain and bemoan the Oscar committee for being nothing more than a club for the "good ol'boys & girls club". On the surface, it's a great argument that many black folks have wrapped their arms around. But wait, before I continue, I have to preface my comment with a dialog between two visitors/commenters on S&A. This is their exchange in a different forum (Twitter exchange)--->(( SonofBaldwin said: "I'm convinced that the S&A commenter "CareyCarey" is a plot to destroy black people". The other person replied: "You mean like a virus, intentionally and purposefully injected by you know who? :)")). Okay, at first I laughed but now I'm calling BULLSH*T! Yeah, I'm a plant :-(. Anyway, as I was saying, we all have given a serious side-eye and raised brow at the Oscar committee, however, I have to ask the question that's running around in my head. What "black" movie(s) or black actors have been left off the Oscar stage even though they gave a commanding performance, which should have garnered them, at the very least, a nomination? That question has bugged the shit out of me because I've watched every movie that has been nominated in the last 40 years and I am trying my best to see who, why and what black movies or black actors might have slipped between the cracks or off the radar. I am suggesting Michelle Rodriguez may have opened pandor's box, but what "evils" are really jumping out?

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 10:06 PM

    It's hard to look back on the race in hindsight because all kinds of factors come into play. Race is one. But then there is the campaign, the box office, the competition(of course), and the critical reception. Now from a realistic perspective, Debi Morgan was the only cast member with even a longshot but a real shot at the Oscar nomination. I liked Eve's Bayou more than The Full Monty, that's for sure. But The Full Monty was clearly in a better position. I would have to say that this is one of the few "black" films I can think of that I would say was genuinely worthy of awards and wasn't AND still could have been nominated in a different field. If you get what I mean. I mean, some people might love Love Jones or She Gotta Have It but Oscar ain't touching those. And it's not because they are black. LOL! Eve's Bayou is something I could see voters going for.

  • CareyCarey | May 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    Great argument Ali... Eve's Bayou! But let's look at it's opposition, Titanic, As Good as It Gets, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential and The Full Monty. Who would have to step to the side? And, most of the "best of" awards come from that group, so which actors in Eve's Bayou deserved a nomination? In my opinion, although Eve's Bayou is one of my all time favorites and Kasi Lemmons gave me what I needed, I can only think of maybe 1 actor's performance who I might consider Oscar worthy.

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    Eve's Bayou. :-( But that didn't really have a big campaign...still...

  • Carlo | May 30, 2012 3:51 PMReply

    Michelle was merely speaking the truth of how prejudice and ignorant Hollywood is towards black actors with stereotypes. Easy to see.

  • Les Zack | May 30, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Michelle Rodriguez is an idiot and there's no arguing about it, but I understand what she means, because there is a demeaning atmosphere in that hell hole that is called Hollywood that has a demand to degrade people of color.
    Both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington had to play less than talent-worthy roles to achieve Tinseltown's highest award; Will Smith had to play the role of a "shuckle-n- jive" con man to be recognized as a talented actor. Holly wood would never demand of Brad Pitt to play such a role.

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 4:06 PM

    @AVA But Holly Hunter was amazing the year Angela Bassett was nominated but clearly Angela was #2. And Marianne Jean-Baptiste was the first black actor to be nominated for the Oscar to NOT be nominated for an Image award. She was not the most predicted nominee that year. She got in on her talent. Lauren Bacall was expected to take that as a career award and then she surprisingly lost to Juliette Binoche from the Best Picture winner that year. And her's was practically lead. There are way too many factors that go into winning an Oscar. You can't just say "So and so that played positive lost" but "So and so that played negative won" so Oscar voters MUST support the negative only. I really think the Oscars are the least of our problems. Mo'Nique won every major critics award and Halle Berry's biggest competition was a previous winner. It's not always so...planned and devious.

  • blac | May 30, 2012 4:03 PM

    "less than talent worthy roles..."?
    Puhlezzzzz.

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    The first role that got people to notice and take Brad Pitt seriously as a talented actor was as a con artist/thief/hitchhiker in Thelma & Louise...you should use a better example. LOL!

  • Ava | May 30, 2012 3:54 PM

    It makes me wonder whether Rodriguez is indeed as inarticulate as she sounds in this article or are their sentences missing from this interview? I'm going to go ahead and assume that Les has expressed what she Michelle R. had tried to unsuccessfully say. When I think of Angela Bassett and Marianne Jean Baptiste not winning but Halle Berry and Monique taking home the Golden Statuette I can only come to the conclusion that this is what appeals to the Hollywood Oscar voters and a lot of the industry.

  • kalemeh | May 30, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    I think people are pretty off base in their interpretations tbh.

    Imo, stepping away from typical pc sensitivities... MR is saying (w/ poor grammatical structure) that more often than not, in her opinion, roles depicting low income "trashy" or "ghetto" , are more likely to be acknowledged by The Academy, when they are struggling trashy BLACK/minority characters.

    While her wording makes it a bit out of pocket, a more objective analysis of her opinion is actually touching upon truth. Perhaps call it white guilt, that an award ceremony definitely more likely to nominate and award white actors and actresses, will almost without fail, acknowledge the cliche "troubled black" character...struggling ghetto/ebonics black woman, southern and mistreated quasi-literate blacks, ... or the down and out in and out of incarceration black dude.

    White trash roles rarely stand a chance in the same way... It's not sad because the white woman playing a trash role doesn't have a fair shot... It's sad because, the minority almost default gets a nod with those same stereotype perpetuating roles... and rarely with anything else.

  • CareyCarey | May 30, 2012 8:13 PM

    @ Kalemeh, great insight, well written, easy to understand and fair (imo). 5 stars for you.

  • Philip | May 30, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    Slightly off base but on the right path. Just as the NAACP image awards skew towards what African Americans value in film, the Academy awards skew towards an older, white man's value system. With this in mind, Oscar winners will tend to be those whose parts strike a chord with the white male baby boomer crowd. Think Halle (young beautiful woman screwing the stuffing out of an old geezer) and Sharon Stone (upskirt interrogation scene) or films such as American Beauty (mid-life crisis) or anything with Clooney in it. Extending the argument, this is the reason why the more stereotypical African-American roles tend to have success (maids, corrupt cops, pimps, violent character) because they seem to represent "authentic" experiences. Hmm, now that I think about it, we also tend to reward the same stereotypical roles within the AA community. Maybe it's because once the mainstream starts to buzz about one of our films, we tend to fall in line with the school of thought. Either that or it goes back to the limited number of offerings.

  • G | June 4, 2012 1:12 PM

    The truest statement so far. Thank you, Philip. Everyone needs to relax. Michelle is crazy but she's cool. Her statement is casual and blunt but it doesn't come from a place of hatred or even ignorance. It comes from the reality that is Hollywood. She is not white. She is not a man. And she might be gay. Do you think these are plusses in Hollywood? She was shooting the sh@t with someone she knew and this is what came out. Just like it always happens when people hang and get loose...people get raw and real. No BS. What I think is the funniest thing about most of the comments is that no one has mentioned that she LOVED the movie. She is showing some love for a project that doesn't look like it will get the critical support that Precious or Monster's Ball had. Are we gonna knock down support for Daniels as well? C'mon, people...let's move forward and help each other, goddangit.

  • noel | May 31, 2012 11:20 AM

    Bizzare still true philip.

  • CareyCarey | May 30, 2012 8:17 PM

    @Philip, honest, fair and insightful. You and Kalemeh are the men of the hour (imo).

  • Phil | May 30, 2012 3:37 PM

    That's true, Ali. An actor can provide a memorable performance within a stereotypical context.

  • Ali | May 30, 2012 3:05 PM

    "It goes back to the limited number of offerings." Bingo! Just because white people support it doesn't mean it really isn't the best performance of the year. Stereotypical or not.

  • gina | May 30, 2012 2:32 PMReply

    So...in which of Meryl Streep's many Oscar-winning and nominated performances was trashy? The Iron Lady? Sophie's Choice?

  • noel | May 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    You are trying to say exactly what?

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