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Lee Daniels 'Afraid' To Answer Question About Gay/Black Acceptance In Hollywood: 'I Want To Work'

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Here's another interview Daniels gave to KCRW that I thought was worth sharing.

Daniels talks in detail about the making of the film, and specifically addresses being an *out* gay black filmmaker in Hollywood. One of the more distressing, although *understandable* things that Daniels shares during the conversation comes towards the end of it, when he's asked to comment specifically on Hollywood's acceptance of black artists, versus gay artists, versus black gay artists, Daniels replies, stating that he's actually "afraid" to answer the question, and that he'll have to remain silent on it, because, "I want to work."

I mention this because, in my experience, given the number of interviews I've done over the years, this is very much the position that many (and not just artists of color) take - understandably so. They want to work in an industry in which very few companies retain a monopoly. Criticize it and its practices, no matter what you think of them, and you might find yourself kicked out and blacklisted. So, instead, many take on a vow of silence, and maybe vent their frustrations in private instead.

This may not be acceptable for some of us on the outside looking in, who would prefer that they be completely fearless and speak truth to power, regardless of what the consequences might be. But this is the reality of the business for many, whether you think it's "right" or "fair."

Daniels' interview begins around the 6:50 mark (skip to for the question/answer 27:42)



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The whole interview is interesting to listen to if you are interested in behind the scenes of the film industry and getting a (black) film off the ground. The story about how the producer who found a black lady that had won the lotto and tried to get her to invest in the film was so random & brilliant!

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