With all the mayhem going on in Ferguson, Chris Rock tells Frank Rich during an interview that he would actually “love to be a 60 Minutes correspondent.” Vulture. reports Rock reveals that if he were a reporter covering the events in Ferguson right now, “it would be in-depth and it would be funny. I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.”
Rock believes that black Americans needed men like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in the past for day-to-day existence. Now, great black leaders are like substitute teachers and we feel they are only needed in “special cases.” He continues to tell Frank Rich, “Ferguson goes down. You’re like, ‘Oh, it’d be great if we had a guy.'”
As an example, Chris Rock compares Al Sharpton’s visit to Ferguson as a revival, whereas with Martin Luther King, Jr., it was an original play. So where does that leave America as far as racial progress? According to Chris Rock, it’s all nonsense, as revealed by Vulture.
“There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.”
Rock goes on to say that having Obama as president is not black progress in America. There have been many black men over hundreds of years who were qualified to become president. Obama is not the first black man who possessed the qualifications. His point being that there has not been a black progress, but a white progress.
“My kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”
Chris Rock knows that his opinions and views on race in America may be different from others, but it’s also possible that his views are skewed by the rich lifestyle he leads.
“I’m more optimistic, but maybe it’s because I live the way I do. I just have a great life, so it’s easier for me to say things are great.”
The multi-millionaire comedian knows that poor people would be shocked if they knew all the perks that rich people get just from being rich and famous, according to The Huffington Post.
“If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.”
Vulture reveals that “a regular red-carpet walker will receive about $100,000 in free goods and services annually.” In addition, Refinery 29 drops the bomb that in 2011, Anne Hathaway was paid $750,000 from Tiffany & Co. to wear their bling during the Academy Awards, while Louis Vuitton handed Gwyneth Paltrow $500,000 for wearing their jewels on stage.
Chris Rock is no stranger to this royal treatment. As Rock travels as an “Upper Class Passenger” with Virgin Airlines, he admits that poor people wouldn’t believe it if they saw it, as reported by The Huffington Post.
“If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, ‘What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they… what? Massage? Are you kidding me?'”
Maybe we can all live vicariously through Chris Rock.
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