CHRIS ROCK BLASTED FOR HIS GAY COMMENTS
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & Publisher
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2005, 10:44 p.m. - Matt Drudge, of The Drudge Report, writes that some in Hollywood are calling for comedian Chris Rock to be ousted from his job as host of the Oscars due to his gay comments.
When Entertainment Weekly asked the satirist: '"Did you learn anything from watching past hosts?'"
Rock replied: '"I never watched the Oscars. Except the Halle [Berry]/Denzel [Washington] year. But even then, I went back and forth to other channels. Come on, it's a fashion show. No one performs; it's not like a music show. What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don't recognize comedy, and you don't see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it? Where's my in?'"
Drudge also wrote, on his famous gossip Web site, that some Academy members were upset with Rock telling the magazine '"Awards for art are f---ing idiotic."'
But what Drudge left unreported is most interesting. Rock was asked: '"Are you rooting for anyone?"
He said: '"Awards for art are f---ing idiotic. Unless two people are doing the exact same thing, how can you really say somebody's better than the other? If Jamie Foxx is doing Ray and Clint Eastwood's doing Ray, then you can kind of judge the two. But I root for people in the sense that some awards will help people's careers more than others. I know if Jamie Foxx or Don Cheadle wins, it's gonna help out their careers. There will be an absolute change in their lives if they win. Whereas if Johnny Depp wins, it's like, Yeah? He's got an award, but he's always gonna make the same money; he's always gonna get the best offers and work with the best people. If Leo DiCaprio wins, who gives a f---? It's like, Oh, now he's gonna get 20 million and one dollars?'"
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