10 Actors Who Openly Called Out Hollywood’s Racism

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Harry J. Lennix

In a November 2012 interview with Ebony magazine, actor Harry J. Lennix ripped Lee Daniels’ latest film, saying the director “n**erfies” former White House butler Eugene Allen’s story, and produces “historical porn.”

Lennix said: “For example, Lee Daniels sent me the script for that film he’s making, The Butler, about the Black butler at the White House. I read five pages of this thing and could not go any further. I tried to read more of it, and I’m not a soft-spoken guy, but it was such an appalling misdirection of history in terms of taking an actual guy who worked at the White House. But then he ‘ni**erfies’ it. He ‘n**ers’ it up ,and he gives people these stupid, Luddite, antediluvian ideas about Black people and their roles in the historical span in the White House and it becomes… well… historical porn. I refused.”

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