I still ain’t over this.
To this day, I still can’t believe Jordan Houston, Cedric Colemand and Paul Beauregard (a/k/a Three 6 Mafia) won an Oscar for best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow (2005).
A snippet of the lyrics of the song follows. These lyrics… this song… this is what we receive praise for, what we are rewarded for, what we are led to believe is valuable and what is recognized as good…
“a whole lot of bitches talkin shit”
“Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes”
“Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray”
I am appalled not because it’s a rap song or because I feel that rap songs lack creativity or are otherwise unworthy of Academy Award recognition.
But this song? This song?
I’m laughing to myself now, recalling when they announced this song had won. I was absolutely mortified. I still am.
The blame goes on those who decided to award this award. I don't blame Three 6 Mafia. They merely wrote a song –- a song that was perfectly in line with the content and atmosphere of the film. They must have been shocked when they were nominated. They had to be floored when they won. I think this clearly was a mockery of us as a race.
I definitely believe the award was racist and mean-spirited and was meant to secretly, silently taunt and ridicule us.
I don’t mean to get conspiracy-theorist on you, but I’m just sayin’.