New Chris Rock Documentary: Race and perceptions of beauty

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  1. B. Fury

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    Chris Rock doc tackles race and perceptions of beauty
    Topic inspired by his young daughter asking why she didn't have 'good hair'

    Katherine Monk
    PARK CITY, Utah

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    Chris Rock, actress Nia Long and producer Nelson George of the film Good Hair pose at the Sundance Film Festival.


    Thursday, January 22, 2009


    The television behind the bar is showing live coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration, but even as America turns a historical page, Chris Rock has a hard time believing black is the new black.

    "I think Indian is the new black," he says, sitting back on a comfy sofa in a makeshift lounge at the Sundance Film Festival.

    The comment makes no sense if you haven't seen Good Hair, Rock's new documentary about the tangled issue of tresses, race and the dominant culture's concept of beauty.

    Spurred by a single question raised by his young daughter -- "Daddy, why don't I have good hair?" -- Rock goes to the very roots of identity in the film, teasing out a knot of truths about the $9-billion hair product industry aimed specifically at African-Americans.

    By far the largest segment of it is hair weaves. People can buy human hair and have it woven into their own to achieve a variety of styles.

    But as Rock discovered over the course of his hairy two-year journey, the only hair African-Americans want woven into their own is straight hair. That's where the Indian reference comes in: More than half of the hair weaves industry is fed by shorn locks from South Asia.

    "You know, we live in a world where nobody likes what they look like," says Rock. "You open a magazine and you're too fat. People wear contacts, get Botox, nose jobs.

    "And every black woman has [hair] relaxer."

    When I challenge him on the generalization, he doesn't budge.

    Then again, digging a hole which he is then forced to crawl out of is part of his comic process.

    "I like making people feel uncomfortable, and that's why I talk about things that are tough to talk about. Even in my standup, I never talk about things that are obviously funny.

    "I like to go out there and take on a topic that's like, 'Why are you talking about that?' and then dig myself out of the hole."

    The hole, in Good Hair, is a sink-clogging clump of U.S. racial history. According to Rock's research, young women believe they won't be able to get a good job if they don't apply toxic straightening agents that burn the scalp or forfeit a month's rent to invest in weaves worth thousands -- yes, thousands -- of dollars.

    "These hair product companies are like Ford and GM. Actually, they're more like Apple or Microsoft because they're making a profit," he says.

    "It's weird, too, because I went to a couple of Obama functions this year and when you get to that expensive part of the party [the VIP area], there would always be a few black couples in there you'd talk to ... and they were always in the hair business."

    At one time, African-Americans owned and operated the companies making products that relax nappy hair. Yet once the corporate world found out how much money it could make by exploiting people's insecurities, the largely European-owned beauty industry started acquiring one black-owned business after another.

    "It's the biggest black business," says Rock. "It's bigger than music. It's the biggest black industry there is."

    In the film, this issue is addressed by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as hair industry insiders who mourn the fact that African-Americans have surrendered the power to define their own esthetic.

    Says Rock: "There was a time when I used products in my hair. I think I used Jheri Curl in '89-'90, when I was doing Saturday Night Live.

    "But I drew a line in the sand when I made Lethal Weapon, and I made a million dollars."

    In the documentary, Rock doesn't talk to psychiatrists or sociologists about issues of personal validation vis-a-vis the dominant culture. He also gives certain contentious perceptions a platform without questioning them -- notably, the idea that a woman with an Afro would be unable to find work in a law firm or other high-income professional environment.

    Reality is not the issue. Like all fear-based industries, the success of black hair products relies on perception and generating a sense of inferiority, he explains.

    "I remember when Kanye West's mother died after plastic surgery and thinking, 'What a tragedy!' She was a beautiful woman. She didn't need any plastic surgery, but she wanted it.

    "There's something wrong with this picture.

    "But I'm not an activist. I'm a comedian. We could have made a civil rights documentary out of this, but that would be boring .... People would tune it out."

    Good Hair has no Canadian distribution yet, but positive buzz should result in a deal.

    The Sundance Film Festival runs through Sunday.

    ONLINE: For more film coverage, go to vancouversun.com/entertainment
    © The Vancouver Sun 2009


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    I had to come back and edit my post because I wanted to provide the interview vid if peeps haven't seen it yet. LMAO when Chris said, "A guy will have to clean this room tonight. That's really working!"

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  2. Tequila Jong-il

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    I consider full black women ugly. It's possible that is partially influenced by prevalent racial attitudes of contemporary society but its probably more to do with them looking manly and brutish in the face
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  4. barnizzle

    barnizzle HIP HOP

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    black women > white women

    all day
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  5. Namor

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    thats b/c you learned that they don't fuck with weak white boys like you

    "eewww-they're ugly" is the rational you use to protect your pathetic ego....


    I'll bet you don't get pussy white or black any how



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  6. Index.

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    dead @ the jungle bunny brigade getting mad as fuck.

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  7. Ciber

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    Damn, I didn't know about the hair industry thing. That's crazy man. Then again, our whole American culture is based on our own fear, so it ain't far fetched.

    Kinda sad that his daughter asked that question, though.
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  8. B. Fury

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    The rape of the negro woman, 1632
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  10. Eko Ren

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    Uhhh. All Black girls look mannish? You racist fuck.

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    Hmmm... And white girls are nice?

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    How about...

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    Indeed!!! How about my asians?

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    Oh God, yes. YES. Lets take this further... Spanish girls?

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    Why, it appears I love all sorts!

    What about them Arabs?

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    Hell yeah!

    Indians?

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    ABSOMOTHERFUCKINGLUTELY!!!

    Russians!

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    Hell yes!!

    Dammit, I love them all!

    You silly people allowing this society's ignorant and infantile perspectives to limit you so much... tsk. I can't wait to see the world.
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  11. Oliver Twist

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    I'm glad I got that good hurrr naturally, easy.
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    50 year old white women = skinny face cavemen
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  14. Eko Ren

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    What do middle-aged white women have to do with anything?
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  15. ~Pegasus~

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    Who's the russian sleez?

    I'd let her wash my dishes.
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    I dig Russian chicks. That one from the new James Bond is smokin. Skinny, but sexy as fuck.

    They got that, --"Yeah I drink vodka and flee from secret police, so what?"-- look to them.
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  17. Tequila Jong-il

    Tequila Jong-il SALAD TOSSER

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    Nah, only full black girls. There are plenty of attractive mixed race girls. It just so happens that the facial features typically found on full black women are not to my taste. Nothing racist about it my man.

    ps - Bet you $100 you cannot find me a pic of a hot african tribeswoman
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  18. ~Pegasus~

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    lol @ retards getting emotional over a dude's personal opinion.

    Grow up.
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    You are an emotional muppet.
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  20. Eko Ren

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    What the fuck kind of racist bullshit is that?! You think the only form of society Africans entertain are tribes?! You little cunt.

    But.

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    This woman who used to be in a tribe and is also over forty can totally get it.

    As far as the "full black" bullshit is concerned... (and by the way, that black girl I posed the first time is arguably "full black," but apparently you want Africans...)

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    She can get it.

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    This one's name is "Oluchi Onweagba"... and she can get it twice.

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    This one can get it too. Maybe it's just me.

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    This one's from South Africa, does that count?

    Would you like my paypal e-mail now?

    Because fuck, I need a bill.
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