Chris Rock Talks Racism And Hollyweird Hatin On Writers: “The Writer’s Union Needs A Rosa Parks”

- By Bossip Staff

Pookie has kicked the habit and is ready to keep the other kids off rocks. Onstage that is.

Chris Rock is heading to Broadway to play a drug counselor in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ controversial new play “The Motherf**ker With the Hat,” which is set to begin previews on March 15 before opening on April 11 at Manhattan’s Gerald Shoenfeld Theater.

Rock has described the show as “The Honeymooners with drugs” and hopes to become a Broadway regular if his stint on stage is a success.

“I could absolutely do one of these every once in a while,” Rock said. I like this process because it values the writer. Literally, nothing’s done without the writer’s approval – and that’s so different from the movies. In the movies, they kind of hate the writers. The writers’ union needs a Rosa Parks.”

Huh? So Hollyweird is prejudiced against writers or black people?

Apparently both!

In a recent NY Times article Rock also addressed the racial issues around the role:

“If this was a movie, I’d jump at it,” he said. “But guess what? If this was a movie, they’d figure out a way for everyone to be white.

“I didn’t say that with anger, did I? Please don’t say I said it angrily. I got all Spike on you.”

Mr. Rock’s fears weren’t far from reality, though. Mr. Guirgis took the play to the Ojai Playwrights Conference in California and received feedback that maybe the character should be white. “Ojai is really rich and really white,” said Mr. Guirgis, who added that the play was met with a “ ‘those people’ thing.” He said he recalled thinking that “white people are going to find a way to check out” if they don’t see themselves in the play. (Most of the other characters are Latino; in the play’s first reading, Mr. Rock’s role was read by Michael Shannon of “Boardwalk Empire.”) But once Mr. Rock signed on, Mr. Guirgis said: “The whole race of the sponsor thing just fell out. Chris kind of transcends that race issue.”

Would you go to Broadway to see Chris Rock play a drug counselor? He was a pretty convincing crackhead.

We like the title, so we’re all for this one. Congratulations Chris!


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  • RMEs

    We all know Hollyweird is ignorant when it comes to race. So how is it Tyler and Op are the only ones (of us) that own their own studios? How come Chris can’t do the same?

    • Mel

      well, he’s already said he refuses to wear a dress and a wig. As a Black man in Hollywood, he just lowered his mogul chances in Hollyweird. lol

  • Juliemango

    Good to kno info.!!!

  • peter illyich

    Just a simple fact: blacks make up 13% of US population. Now think of all the black actors, singers entertainers etc. Now Hispanics and Asians make up an additional 21% of the pop. Can you think of that huge amount of latin and asian stars ? Let me know when you finish counting on two hands.

    • Mel

      okay, so how much of the revenue do they provide? How much money do Blacks spend in PROPORTION to their Population %??

      Seriously, the problem is not so much QUANTITY, but QUALITY. It definitely feels like unless a dude is wearing a dress or being a sidekick, we can’t get a Black story told. That’s not right. And Im not saying Asians or Hispanics don’t deserve better as WELL, but I *am* saying I’d love to see projects that aren’t always comedic, that show different sides of the Black experience..from Jamaicans, to Haitians, from high brow to simple fare etc.

  • can

    Id go see it. i love chris!

  • Candid Canuck

    @ eyyBwah

    please sit down. ur post is nonsense. pure trolling…

  • StopTheBrainwashdotcom

    What are the actual numbers of the Black population? Give me your source.

  • YoungCosby

    Where the hell did you get this information from?

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