March 6, 2006

Academy Award for Best Song goes to "You Know It's Hard Out There for a Pimp."

No, it's not.

Look, if white liberal Americans really want to improve the lives of blacks, the absolute minimum they need to do is to stop rewarding black men for putting on this kind of modern minstrel show for the white folk about what bad mo-fos they are.

The movie "Hustle & Flow" was a bit of a bust at the box office, taking in only $22 million, but Hollywood's white elite loved it to death, giving Terrence Howard a Best Actor nomination as well as the Best Song Award. I called "Hustle & Flow" the

"purportedly uplifting story -- "Everybody gotta have a dream" -- of a pimp striving to find redemption by becoming a gangsta rapper. Perhaps we will next be treated to a heartwarming movie about a Gestapo agent aspiring to qualify for the Death's Head SS. If, as the hype claims, "Hustle & Flow" is the new "Rocky," well, then "Jeff Gannon" should be pitching Hollywood on his rise, such as it was, from militaristic manwhore to Bush Administration shill.

A certain moral distinction is being overlooked by the critics. Sure, Rocky starts out as hired muscle for a loan shark, but after he goes 15 rounds with Apollo Creed, he doesn't boast that his resilience is due to all the exercise he got breaking deadbeats' thumbs. In contrast, the breakout songs by this new film's protagonist, "Whoop that Trick" and "You Know It's Hard Out There for a Pimp," glamorize whoremongering with the conventional hip-hop blend of chest-pounding machismo and self-pity.

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