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Saldana: Hollywood, America And Racism

Posted by T'Bonz - 29/08/11 at 09:08 am


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Star Trek XI‘s Zoë Saldana had some harsh words recently about Hollywood and its hiring practices.

As a woman of color, Saldana has experienced racism throughout her life, and that includes her time as an actress.
“I’ve witnessed racism all my life,” she said. “And of course there’s racism and discrimination in Hollywood. You go for a part and they say, ‘Oh, we really liked her, she’s amazing, but we wanted to go with something more traditional’. As if I’m not a traditional American!”

But Saldana doesn’t hate back in return, although the racism must be galling. “I feel sorry for people like that,” she said. “They need to educate themselves. Mostly you move on and say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to work with you or be around someone like you’. Other times you might say, ‘You’re ignorant, you’re a racist. That’s it. I’m out of here!”

It’s not just African-Americans, and/or actors that are the recipients of racist attitudes. According to Saldana. America itself is facing the same repugnant attitude from those gloating over its recent woes. “It’s trendy to hate Americans right now,” she said. “Deep down, some people are enjoying the fact that the most powerful nation on Earth is struggling a little – and then they deny that’s racist! And that frightens me.”

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  • Milojthatch

    You know who else feel the racist sting of Hollywood? Old people, Conservative thinkers, Moderate thinkers, the religious, people who disagree with various agendas in Hollywood, people who are not Barbie thin, just to name a few. Point being, Ms. Saldana is in good company.

  • Milojthatch

    You know who else feel the racist sting of Hollywood? Old people, Conservative thinkers, Moderate thinkers, the religious, people who disagree with various agendas in Hollywood, people who are not Barbie thin, just to name a few. Point being, Ms. Saldana is in good company.

  • Crollinsphoto

    And Christians are being prejudiced against also.

  • Vezner

    Wow…Zoe seems to be trying to score some brownie points with the left wing crowd in hollywood.

  • DIETER

    On this Planet live two kinds of people “Stupid and not stupid” .
    To have a future we must all work together.
    The idiocy of Rasismus, fanaticism (politically or religiously) is a
    Relic of history that has brought only suffering, but no progress.
    Ms. Salanda is a beautiful, great actress.

  • bethman

    Let me guess…you’re white? Way to go by dismissing Zoe’s (and other black peoples), experiences. She is a black woman in Hollywood. Tell me; how may black women have you seen lately in movies? FACT: This country and many of it’s citizens are racist. Racism is inherent in some, and reactionary in others–and it exist. The question now is…when does it end?