A Piece of the (Chris) Rock
I come not to bury the Oscars but to praise Chris Rock, erstwhile Oscar host and perhaps the funniest man in America, who presented the animation award at the Academy Awards and made the funniest, most pointed speech.
“In the world of animation, you can be anything you wanna be. If you’re a fat woman, you can play a skinny princess. If you’re short wimpy guy, you can play a tall gladiator. If you’re a white man, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra.” [Rock voiced the gravel-voiced zebra in Madagascar, Eddie Murphy the donkey in Shrek.]
“I hate when people go on TV and tell you how hard it is to do animation … No, UPS is hard work. I’ve done some animation … It’s the easiest job in the world. I go in a booth and I go, ‘what’s the line?’ And the guy goes, ‘it’s time to go to the store.’ And I go, ‘it’s time to go to the store!’ … And then they give me a million dollars.”
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