Chris Rock: Enough Jennifer Lawrence; Ask a Black Actress About Hollywood's Pay Gap

In an interview with Essence Magazine, Chris Rock spoke openly about discrimination black actresses still face in Hollywood, particularly when it comes to the gender pay gap:

“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.”


Rock added that part of the problem is that there aren’t enough roles for black actresses, an issue that he confronts while casting his own projects.

“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?’”

He also said that Hollywood producers are often vocally disappointed when a black actress is cast. ““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?’” Rock said. “It happens every time.” [The Root]

Sometimes you get rushed to the ER in embarrassing clothes, but when you’re Salma Hayek, everyone thinks it’s charming [Instagram]:


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