WATCH: Director John Singleton Tears into Hollywood Liberals: Says, ‘They Ain’t Letting Black People Tell Stories’; Talks About Tupac Biopic

As part of “The Hollywood Masters” interview series, the director criticizes “so-called liberals” in the studios and adds: “You’ve got a lot of black executives at the studio who are afraid to give their opinion about what black culture is.”

John Singleton criticized the major studios March 19 for refusing to let African-Americans direct black-themed films. “They ain’t letting the black people tell the stories,” the Oscar-nominated director-writer told students at Loyola Marymount University, expanding on a theme he addressed in a Dec. 18 Hollywood Reporter op-ed piece. “[Studio executives say] ‘We’re going to take your stories but, you know what? You’re going to go starve over here and we’re not going to let you get a job.’ The so-called liberals that are in Hollywood now are not as good as their parents or ancestors. They feel that they’re not racist. They grew up with hip-hop, so [they] can’t be racist. ‘I like Jay Z, but that don’t mean I got to give you a job.’ ”

He added: “They want black people [to be] what they want them to be. And nobody is man enough to go and say that. They want black people to be who they want them to be, as opposed to what they are. The black films now — so-called black films now — they’re great. They’re great films. But they’re just product. They’re not moving the bar forward creatively. … When you try to make it homogenized, when you try to make it appeal to everybody, then you don’t have anything that’s special.”

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Singleton addressed students at LMU School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, where he was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Stephen Galloway as part of The Hollywood Masters interview series. Other interviewees have included Alfonso Cuaron, David O. RussellJudd Apatow and Sherry Lansing.

“You’ve got a lot of black executives at the studio who are afraid to give their opinion about what black culture is,” Singleton maintained. “There’s a whole lot of black people who work in studios that don’t need to be there, because they won’t — if I give them the best thing possible, they’re scared to give it to somebody [higher up], because they’d be like, ‘Woah!’ ”

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SOURCE: Tim Appelo 
The Hollywood Reporter


One comment

  1. I see two basic possibilities:

    1 – Singleton is just another race-baiting whiner and the movies and such are good things, even if they can’t find a Black director good enough to do the job in a way that’s profitable.


    2 – Blacks are so different from normal, White Americans that you would have to make “Black Movies” in order to truly tell their story or resonate with them, and that this would necessarily require Black directors, producers, and suchlike.

    If it’s the latter, your people are already doomed and rightly so since you’re a foreign element living within the body of America and that never ends well for that foreign body.

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