Chris Rock Explains Why He Hates Civil Rights Movies: 'This S**t Is So Much Dirtier...'
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Chris Rock Explains Why He Hates Civil Rights Movies: 'This S**t Is So Much Dirtier...'

Chris Rock has a personal reason as to why he doesn’t like watching Civil Rights-era films.

The subgenre of historical filmmaking is one that is not only popular with audiences wanting to learn more about the past, but with studios who see the films as potential Oscar winners.

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But on Neal Brennan’s podcast How Neal Feel, Rock said the films remind him of the untold stories from the time period, including his mother’s own experiences.

I hate all Civil Rights movies,” he said. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the effort and they should exist. The problem is they only show the back of the bus and the lunch counter. They actually make racism look very fixable. They don’t get into how dysfunctional the relationships were,” he said. “In the ’40s and ’50s, white men would just walk in your house and take your food…it’s a predator-prey relationship. Do you think when it was time to rape, [white men] were raping white women? No–they would go and rape…the women they could actually rape without going to jail for.”

This s**t is so much…dirtier than any movie ever shows,” he continued. ….My mother used to get her teeth taken out at the vet because you weren’t allowed to go to the dentist. No movie shows you that.”

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