Jamie Foxx is drawing fire for his comments at the NAACP Image Awards, saying: “Black people are the most talented people in the world.” To some conservatives, that remark was more than just prideful boasting. To them, it was racism.
‘Black people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it,’ Foxx said. ‘You can’t sit in this room and not watch Gladys Knight sing and go like, ‘Golly, what in the world?'”
Perhaps Jamie got a bit carried away in his acceptance speech. The Oscar-winning actor made the statement as he received the NAACP Award for Entertainer of the Year. Of course, having won several other major awards in his career, including a Grammy Award for his song ‘Blame It’ in 2010, Foxx should be well-versed in delivering politically correct acceptance speeches. However, for his Entertainer of the Year speech, it’s clear he decided to throw caution to the wind and say whatever came to mind.
The NAACP Award aired almost two weeks ago on Feb 1., but conservative news outlets like NewsBusters picked up on the story after writer Noel Sheppard wrote a piece criticizing the actor for what he called a “really stupid” remark. In his criticism, Sheppard wrote, “Can you imagine the heat a white actor would get if he said at a nationally televised awards ceremony, “White people are the most talented people in the world?” Sheppard wrote. ‘Probably be the end of his or her career.”
This is an interesting point. If you watched Vh1′s debacle on ‘Love and Hip Hop’ recently, then you know that reality TV star ‘Jen the Pen’ ended an argument with her nonwhite co-star saying, “I’m white … it’ll get done.” Some viewers were outraged by what they viewed as the “racist” statement Jen made.