Michelle Rodriguez: No Oscar nod for Nicole Kidman
June 1st, 2012
03:53 PM ET

Michelle Rodriguez: No Oscar nod for Nicole Kidman

“Avatar” star Michelle Rodriguez may have stepped in the proverbial hornet’s nest with some eyebrow-raising comments she made in France recently.

The outspoken actress was speaking to New York magazine's Vulture last week at an amfAR event when she offered her take on Lee Daniels’ new film “The Paperboy.”

To the question of whether one of the film’s stars, Nicole Kidman, could potentially earn an Oscar for her controversial turn in the flick (she "pees" on co-star Zac Efron in one scene) Rodriguez promptly shot the possibility down. Her reason? Kidman's neither “black” nor “trashy.”

"One of my friends said, 'She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar for that,’” Rodriguez said of the buzzed-about film. “I was like, 'Nah, man. She’s not black!'"

"I laugh, but it’s also very sad," she added. "It makes me want to cry. But I really believe. You have to be trashy and black to get nominated. You can’t just be trashy."

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  1. Carcotas

    More movies where Michelle had play you can find it here : http://movieinfodb.com/en/people/17647/Michelle+Rodriguez

    December 12, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charlotte12

    I beleive she meant that for that role, it would have made more sense for the actress to have been black and because of that, it wasnt a strong enough character for a nomination. Shes right. It's sad, but its kind of the way it works. You wont win an oscar as white trash because people are more touched by black trash (because of all the struggles for racial equality in the past). However, she did say it in a way that was insensitive, but I do think she was just noticing something that is part of American culture these days.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ptsdLOADING

    Michelle, any respect that I may have had for you is completely dissipated. I truly hope that your words get you banned from every set imaginable. And that all people of every race finds your words disgusting, heartless and disturbing.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eh

    i think people hoping she loses her career are really rude.
    they don't have to like her but it's not fair to her fans just because you have a problem with her.
    don't watch her movies.
    think she's racist.
    even though i think everyone should be viewed as and individual and not a race.
    it's a skin color, nothing more.
    i could tan just enough and be of equal color. -_-
    people just love drama and feeling sorry for themselves.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NamedScreen

    She is a fool for saying that – joking or not. I'd say she was jealous or was robbed of a nomination to make her bitter (no excuse) but she doesn't make anything worth seeing much less receiving an Oscar nomination for. That said, what was is her supposed point or motivation for saying this? I hope it enrages enough people that she is forced to stop acting. Then it would be worth it.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • cali

      Interesting but not surprising. She is about 1/4 Black herself according to her recent DNA test with Louis Gates. Her family married first cousins together in order to keep the light skin going, and keep the dark from resurfacing. Y Tu Abuela?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. What The

    Who cares about what Michelle said....Nicole Kidman pees on someone on screen?? What the....??????

    June 4, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Name*naty

    I dislike racist meddle in black affairs Hispanics.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dana

    I guess she thought Viola Davis (nom and lost to Mettle who is white) and Halls the ONLY Black, actually half white to win EVER in Oscar history.
    This chick sounds so stupid. Guess she's ok with white people and hates black people. She missed being in Fast 5 except for her pic being shown at the end cause she was in prison. Who's trashy!?!

    June 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dana

    Who is readjustment and black that gets nominated? MOST of the Nina are white! She sounds like an idiot. Her own history was being in prison. That's how she missed being in Fast 5. A lot of mouth and very little sense!

    June 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. talkic social good

    Emmmm golden showers....

    June 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. perry

    Apparently, she does not watch the same Academy Awards ceremony that I watch - the one where 98% of the nominees are white I never understood why people are so jealous of blacks that they have to throw there personal slang's out there about them to make them self's feel better people are too lame smh lol

    June 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Skidmark

    You can't say anything about black people, otherwise they get all bent out of shape and call you a racist. Then before you know it, Al "fake" sharpton gets involved. Black people = Drama!

    June 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Spoken like a white person who has never experienced racism simply for something you have no control over. By the way, I don't want to have control over it. Evidently she hates black people, but sounds stupid since 99% of the nominees are white. I guess she thought Viola Davis was readjustment while

      June 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jon


    June 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. -_-

    you could say anything and black people will make it racist.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • _-_

      Oh yea,and I could say anything that doesn't relate to you and white people would make it their concern.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mr loser

    she is an angry stupid ho bag

    June 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. gricha


    June 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Shawn

    Was just thinking of her today and how the first kick ass Hispanic female I remember was Vasquez on Aliens (the 2nd one). Kept rooting for Michelle when she had drinking problems and the wreck. Now...sorry you lost this fan.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      What about Lucille Ball ?

      June 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HopefulCynic

      Glad that Michelle lost a fan in you (she's not a good actress in any sense of the word). Also, Vasquez in "Aliens" was played by Jennette Goldstein, who is a very good actress, and (unless I'm mistaken) not Latina. Ignorant comment on her part...

      June 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      She appears to still have a drinking problem. Nobody in their right mind would make a comment like that/def. Not in public when your "image" is your livlihood.
      I wonder is she thinks Vin Diesel is trashy cause yeah he's Black and The Rock too (Dwayne Johnson) while Vin helped make her career in the Fast 5. Now she just made sure Black women will hate on her when the next one comes out if she's not locked up again.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. humberto

    Eso es justo, correcto soltar lo primero en su cabeza en su lengua materna y escupirla.

    June 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. humberto

    Thats right, just drop the first thing in your head on your tongue and spit it out.

    June 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Brenda Midnight

    Oh well, whatever.. good to see Michelle finally waxed off that annoying moustache.

    June 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Whatever

    I think Michelle was joking, but sometimes jokes contain some truth. Once I see a black actor/actress win an Oscar for playing a positive but flawed character as opposed to the usual criminal and/or harlot roles, only then will I think things have changed. For examples look at 'The King's Speech' or the insipid 'Black Swan' for the type of roles I speak of. When a foriegn-born actor/actress wins, it's usually for that type of character (flawed, but overall good). Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, anyone? My other pet peeve with the Oscars are their total disdain for comedies.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. shesgotapoint

    You go michelle! She has got a point. Don't deny it folks.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • b4ugo

      You keep saying that,what point she got?

      June 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • HopefulCynic

      "shesgotapoint – You go michelle! She has got a point. Don't deny it folks." Yes, and you have a point too, but if you wear a cap, it might not show...

      June 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      She doesn't have a leg to stand on with her point. If she said Black people only get nominated for unsavory characters or downtrodden roles then maybe I'd agree, but to say ONLY Black trashy people, not roles only get the Nina when Halle Berry is the only woman to ever win a best actress in almost 80 years is plain stupid!

      June 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mike


    June 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mike

    Only in America ... Still Racist from a Not So Smart One Way Role Actor.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jimbo

    she's fugly

    June 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  26. TrueGoddess

    It is quite sad that some of the best books are never made into movies

    June 2, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ed

    Thank you Michelle, I didn't realize Charlize Theron was black.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lilith

      Man, I feel stupid! I was on this very site praising Michelle for being a Kick Ass action star. She's better than Angelina Jolie.IMO! She doesn't get the credit she deserves.Maybe that's why she is pulling the race card. I think she's implying that Nicole won't win because the Academy is handing out freebies only to trashy black actors.I am half black & hispanic by the way. The Academy could improve. A lot! But, she is really putting down Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and Will Smith who were nominated for strong roles. Halle Berry not so much! Michelle should clarify what she meant.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Kim

      CHARLIZE THERON IS NOT BLACK!!! Her father is French and her mother is German. She was raised in south Africa, which is not the same thing...& she just adopted an African-American baby.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Kim you missed the point entirely. He didn't say Charlize was black (and you seem really offended that she's even thought of as being black, though you still got it wrong). His point was that Charlize won the Oscar for monster's ball playing a horrible trashy character, trashy yes, black NO so BOTH you and Michelle don't have a clue!

      June 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Treya

    Playing a hard working maid,chauffeur,drill sergeant or laborer is trashy if you're a black actor?But peeing on a man is classy if you're a white actress,wow,only in America.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jasel

    Been saying that for years. If you're a Black actor or actress unless you're a crook, subservient, a Jezebel, part of some racism story, or some type of embodiment of a Black stereotype you can forget nailing an Oscar. They're not going to give you one unless you play a specific sub-set of roles.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  30. Aura

    Oh, who cares. She could have just been joking. People today get offended so easy. Written comments, emails, text messages, quotes..etc most of the time are usually taken out of context. Please, get a grip. People are tired of walking on eggshells when it comes to making any comments about black people. No matter what you say, or how you say it, it will always be read the wrong way..

    June 2, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. Arianna S.

    Ughh!! People are being a little to over dramatic
    I mean sure she has to "pee" on Zac Efron but c,mon
    She is getting payed for it and I'm pretty sure she is not the only that has done something disgusting for money!!!! Like realy who actualy cares!!! No one! So quit hating!!! I'm done.t(o_o)t

    June 2, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  32. Arianna S.

    Uhhh she "peed on" Zac Efron???EWW!!

    June 2, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  33. Butters

    Wow! Rosie O'Donnell has lost a lot of weight and is looking younger than I remember her...

    June 2, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeta

      I think 'Butters' sums it up nicely.

      Careful Rodriguez your mean is showing...and mean people will fail...BADLY.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Resonance

      Hahaha! Hilarious, Butters. It's to bad CNN comments section don't have like buttons. I was thinking the same thing about her, lol.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Richard

    You know how disgusting the cabal in Hollywood is if someone is nominated for an Oscar in a film where they urinate on someone.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • meemee

      I used to think Nicole Kidman had class. No one with class would take a part where she is required to pee on someone or anything near it. It just looks like a race to the bottom these days.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. maestra730

    She's a has-been who's just trying to say something controversial in order to stay in the limelight.. Aside from her arrests and public drunkenness, there's really nothing noteworthy about her. Besides, her comment doesn't even make any sense.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  36. tim

    I honestly have no idea what she even means. I'm too confused to be offended.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  37. Mike R

    She is making an interesting point. Does a black actress/actor really have to do a memerable off-the-wall, trashy scene to be nominated in the Oscars? Are white writers subconsciously introducing elements of humiliation on the character to make it more appealing to the "like minded"?
    Like it was implied in the movie "Inception"; the writers are the architects of our collective fantasy world. So is there still racism in today's movies? Like they say, "one picture has a thousand words" and "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
    Hollywood has a VERY BIG RESPONSIBILITY on the influences of mass psychology.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  38. Gibby

    I don't understand her comment. She always seems angry.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  39. Izoto

    Who is this Michelle Rodriguez?

    June 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. RAMON

    ...Michelle you forgot to add lesbian or jude.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  41. Byron

    Eh...not news worthy at all. I don't get what she meant, and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. She might have meant that in a mean way, but as a black guy, it only makes my fantasies about her even hotter. I don't think this will end her career; its her history of being in trouble and saying other alienating things that has producers running for the hills from her.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ElreyJones

      I hope you aren't a black rapist. There are so many and you write like a pervert so it only goes with the territory.

      June 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  42. Mike Sk

    Michelle got beef with Halle Berry ....don't know why but she is definitely pointing her boney hand at Ms Berry on this one.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  43. magnus

    silly thing to say. she just killer her career. wait, did i read that Kidman pees on someone. hell yeah!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  44. gen

    What about Meryl Strip?

    June 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Tika

    There are extremely few black winners when compared to white winners so not sure Michelle is getting at. I'm sure her defence will be that she herself is "black" because she did that Louis Gates show where they track your ancestry by DNA and she's like 10% African.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. randomness

    Meryl Streep must be black and trashy, then. I had no idea

    June 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. hjay5

    There isn't any logic whatsoever in anything Ms. Rodriguez has said. She is hopelessly ignorant . If you didn't know better, you'd think African-Americans dominated the Oscars. There have been only two AAF nominees in the last two years of the forty actors nominated. And only one has won.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fearfighter17

      Its a shame but you speak truth..this chick is high on her own supply of ignorance....

      June 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  48. @Steve-9:40 pm

    No, she is not acting anymore. Rumor has it, it's because she ate the movie producer and director from her last movie and then she turned around and ate her agent. Nobody wants to work with her anymore because they're afraid. Just saying what I heard. "NOT" being MEAN at all. This is what "I" heard. Blame the media for the mean remark.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mark

    Oh, man. I really liked her in Avatar. Pity.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. steve

    what happened to that fat gal in Precious?
    did she continue acting?

    June 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  51. LOL

    Why all the outrage. It's true.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha troll

      the truth apparently is too much for people to handle or is considered racism for some reason

      June 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Ok so how many black trashy actors have won an oscar!? Seriously I do not know but I dont recall many at all.

      June 2, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  52. siris35

    And her trashy behavior off the set of" lost" that caused her to lose her job. Alcoholic, the nerve....

    June 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dontdrinkandspeak

      She's probably nursing a hangover as we speak.
      How's the view from the toilet ........see your career anywhere down there?

      June 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fearfighter17

      Hehehe...she crazy loco....

      June 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  53. WALDO49ER

    I lover she tell,s it like it is

    June 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      No, she tells it the way she THINKS it is. She's just another clueless idiot from Hollywood who can't act her way out of a paper bag. We've seen this movie before, and it was tedious then. NEXT!

      June 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. GailS

    I guess she forgot about Melissa Leo's "trashy" (poor, uneducated, irrational woman) performance that got her an Oscar for The Fighter. And there was the star from Winter Bones who was nominated for a role that many would call white trash. She one of those people who jumps each time a black person accomplishes something.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dave From Canada

    While I don't agree with what Michelle said, I see black people in almost every current American movie, which is fine, but where are the other minorities? For instance, in the last year I have seen only one movie where gay characters were featured, "J. Edgar" and latinos,Jews and Native American Indians, as well as Asians are in the same boat – they are almost non-existent in movies. When do we start seeing the other minorities?!

    June 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge

      one movie with a gay character in the last year??? C'mon buddy, you must not watch very many movies.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddiekross

      Jews not represented as much as blacks? Really?

      June 2, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Popster, there r soooo many Jewish people in movies, you just don't know they are Jewish. Scarlett Johanssen, Nataie Portman, Alicia Silverstone, Mimi Rogers, etc are Jewish. I'l bet you thought they were just white girls. Sure, u are speaking about other minorities and stories centered around them, but Blacks r the only ones who wiil stand out b/c there color gives them away.

      June 2, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  56. James

    I did not realize Charlize Theron was black.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I don't get it,but she can do me.lol

      June 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Rocco

      Charlize Theron is technically "African American". She was born and raised in South Africa and later became a U.S. citizen. So she is Nationally African American. Not racially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlize_Theron

      June 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • chriztopher

      She was white TRASH in that movie.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge

      no but she is from south africa

      June 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. The Dude

    Name one black nominee who got an oscar or nominated for one who was not playing a trashy character

    June 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • I.Shirey

      Hattie McDaniel's Best Supporting Actress award for her unforgettable role as Scarlett O'Hara's devoted but sly Mammy in Gone With The Wind was significant. She was the first African-American Oscar nominee and winner – and she was the first black guest to attend the awards ceremony

      June 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtinChicago

      Sidney Portier, Lilies of the Field. Denzel Washington...Glory

      June 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARaine

      Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple. Just to name one.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • abudum

      Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland; Jamie Foxx, Ray;Louis Gossett, Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman; Denzel Washington, Glory; Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby; Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field and more. What's your point since you don't seem to have one?

      June 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      It's these blanket statements that are so ridiculous. You are probably a birther. Do some homework from time to time. It might enlighten you.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      All trashy Characters with the exception of Mr. Portier.

      So I think Ms. Rodriguez is correct.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GailS

      Will Smith for Ali, Jamie Foxx for Ray, Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Cicely Tyson for Sounder, Viola Davis for the Help.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LImedust

      Denzel Washington: Glory, Malcolm X
      Samuel L. Jackson: Pulp Fiction
      Morgan Freeman: Driving Miss Daisy

      Just off the top of my head . . . and just saying.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Plenty, go to: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_can_you_find_a_list_of_black_Oscar_winners

      June 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Will Smith – Ali; Jamie Foxx – Ray Charles; Octavia Spencer = The Help ... shall I go on? FYI –> Black or African-American does NOT equal trashy

      June 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Sidney Poitier

      June 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge

      Sidney Poitier

      June 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Ever heard of Sidney Poitier?

      June 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tika

      Now that you put it that way her comment makes a bit more sense. Although maybe 5 winners out of the 14 total played characters that were considered trashy unless you factor in the ones who were playing maids (2 of them) which would then bring it to 1/2 the winners. If she meant that in order to win while playing a trashy character you have to be black then I could sort of see where she's coming from but it seems like what she meant came out totally wrong.

      June 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • GG

      Jaime Foxx, Ray Charles

      June 2, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  58. womenbelonginthekitchen

    This is why women are oppressed in many other cultures. They don't make sense and they just embarrass themselves most of the time. Women belong in kitchens and hospital labor rooms.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      They should be allowed in the military for knob polishing duties. Our boys deserve the best ho's who can pass basic training.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leda

      Well, when men start behaving like men and not whiny babies depending on their wives to wipe their husband's butts and pay the bills and keep house and raise the kids and bring home the 'bacon' and cook it...then we will happily move back to the kitchen.
      Until men 'Man Up' women have to pick up the slack.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dickle

      You Sir are an idiot. I bet you dropped out of high school. BTW your mom is on her period.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  59. The Dude

    I am a male Lesbian. I wonder if I have a shot with her.....

    June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  60. John St,Ark

    Well I guess CNN is happy this crap will be at least 3OO comments full by Monday morning,because no one here is racists,it's just our opinions.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Stormy

    Nah, you have to be Latina, Gay and Trashy...

    June 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  62. stargazer

    Maybe rodriqquez can get an oscar for being a man. Boy does she have manly features. I wonder if she is jealous of hard working Blacks in the industry. Anyhow she needs to shut up and find herself a bottle to suck on

    June 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Joseph

    @ Kelly, that is not what she was trying to say at all! She said exactly what she meant!! Her view was racist but it also highlights how black talent is overlooked smiply because a black person isn't expected to be talented. Look at the music industry. Singers, such as Beyonce are looked upon as a trashy ghetto black singer while white singers such as Lady Gaga are heralded as some music genuises. It's wrong period

    June 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. 2FLI

    Seems like a lot of people mistook what she said, she didn't say black people in Hollywood are trashy, she saying if you're black and you want to get nominated, you have to play a trashy role. Not sure why she is being raked over the coals for stating the obvious.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MD

      'Stating the obvious?' Did you not read the above comments about the large number of black actors who did not fit that category? Are you stupid or something?

      June 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Bobo

    Good Lord, is she on bath salts and eating peoples faces? Please stop trying to justify you're life based on being non-black.
    Your time will come. Until then try and you will be able to be someone!

    June 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  66. NickyB

    She's was just being sarcastic at how Hollywood treat non white actors.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tracy

    I get her point- black actors mainly get oscar nominations for 1 of 3 categories 1) playing a biopic figure – malcom x , ray charles , ali, iddi amin, tina turner 2) maid, chaffeur or butler – the help , driving ms daisy or 3) playing a criminal or trashy figure like Denzel in training day , halle berry monsters ball. Black actors dont get nominations for run of the mill roles like meryl streep . Meryl streep can play a housewife and get nominated. 90% of all nominations for black actors fall into these categories

    June 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  68. yaa

    Well, her career might survive...as long as she doesn't comment bad about jews

    June 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jose

    To be fair she was probably drunk and behind the wheel when she said it.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Lynsu

    Odd coming from a young woman whose genetic profile reals that she is 25% black.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Not odd at all, when whites adopt or give birth to biracial children one of the first things they try to instill in them is how their white contribution or raising makes them "better" than other blacks–the families reinforce this–(this mostly comes from white women) of course, what the white mommas fail to see is that they can embrace and support and denigrate blacks to their offspring or adoptees, but when other whites view their child–since it is not their own pet biracial or african baby, then THEIR child becomes just as denigrated as all other blacks–the sad thing is, all blacks are not trashy or horrible or ghetto or all anything–they are just people and even though some may kill or do drugs or other stuff–a great many more do none of those things but are always condemned by whites even as whites try to copy the looks and actions of the people they supposedly look down on.

      This girl is a product of her upbringing which means somewhere deep inside, she probably hates a good 25% of herself.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrueGoddess

      I just saw her with Gates on Youtube: 72.4% European, 21.3% African, and 8.44% Native American. Yeah, she is learning about her ancestry.

      June 2, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  71. Dan

    She was being sarcastic. Geez, some of you refuse to use your brains.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      If she was being "sarcastic" in the present atmosphere of heightened racial tension and animosity–then it is SHE who failed to use HER brains. Funny thing is, I never heard of this person until she made these comments–and now my impression of her is not very nice, at all.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      Well queen sounds like you are out of touch if you dont know who she is so your opinion is irrelevant and ignorant.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • cm

      It doesn't make any more sense as sarcasm than it would if she was being serious.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      No one cares about your opinion, queenbee, because you are a racist. How does your life feel with all that hate burning you up inside?

      June 2, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  72. theAntiELVIS

    What's that fizzing sound? Her career going to join Mel Gibson's.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  73. matt

    And now she is going to be BLACKballed from hollywood?

    June 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jj

    Black people win oscars?

    Since WHEN? (barely.)


    June 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Do

    Every one has a right of opinion. What's the problem if someone has different opinion than you??????

    June 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jack

    Then, how come Michelle Rodriguez has not won it?

    June 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Elaina

    Yeah because we all know how disproportionally blacks or any minority really, are represented in Hollywood. They throw a few scrapes at a couple of black actors and all of a sudden getting nominated is a "black" or "trashy" thing. Unreal.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Smart Human

    There is a great pic of her in a see-through bikini on Yahoo News where you can totally see her lips and everything. She's smooth, in case you wondered.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  79. mikrik13

    My last comment was deleted. I say again, Ms. Rodriguez was probably misquoted or her comment taken out of comment. A common practice these days.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. hj

    The poor dear has never been the brightest lightbulb in the marquee. She has a long history of dimwitted philosophical musings. She is the female version of a dumb jock who should stick to grunting.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Mike

    Sounds like Michelle needs some publicity and attention. She's not a dumb woman. Even if she didn't mean it the way people are taking it. She knew that people would take it the way their taking it. Shout out to her publicist. And to Justin Biebers people for the fake fight.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      actually, she is dumb. very very very dumb. go to her imdb page and check out her quotes. she has some real headscratchers. it is bush jessica simpson territory.

      June 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  82. John

    You people are thinking to hard and trying to make something outta nothing. Go and watch your Inside Edition and STFU

    June 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Gary

    Sounds like she's taking a jab at the Academy and their penchant for giving Oscars to prim, white actresses.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mbrownink

    So is she saying Nicole wouldn't get an Oscar for peeing on someone because she's not black and therefore not trashy? Or, was it an attempt to make a veiled criticism of the industry? Or, does she truly believe that Nicole is too white and therefore, too classy to portray trashy? Oh, never mind.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Karaya

    Natalie Portman and Sandra Bullock – both less black, and definitely less trashy than Michelle Rodriguez – yet both won Oscars recently. So maybe, just maybe, it is about talent?..

    June 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • drewsco

      The Oscar awards nomination/selection process is purely subjective and political.. Whether someone is a good actress or not is simply a matter of opinion.

      June 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      ..but Sandra bought a black African baby–Michelle will probably point out that little guy was Sandra's ticket in.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      What she is trying to say is that no one can win if a role calls for trashy behavior unless they are black–when blacks play trashy roles they get nominated because they fulfill hollywood and the media's stereotype of how black people are (most Americans have no clue that over 75% of all Blacks are above the poverty line and that with 3 million people in prison and around 6 million on welfare, that most blacks are neither in poverty, on welfare or in jail–because people believe what they are told and not what they take to find out for themselves.

      She is saying blacks have to fulfill the role of trashy in many films and for that they can get an Oscar BUT if whites fulfill the role of trashy in a film they usually do not get nominated–of course, this negates the movies of Slingblade, and the movie Sissy Spacek won an oscar for playing a white trash farmer, and other movies.

      We can understand her point, but the way she made it is pretty sad and actually has SOME truth in it but is not 100% accurate (In the "Life of Miss Jane Pitman" I believe that Cicely won an oscar, did she not? It was not trashy at all.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  86. pointless

    What a stupid thing to say, some stars need to just keep their mouth shut

    June 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Brian

    I think people need to read a little bit more closely at what she is saying. She is saying actors/actresses don't get nominated for "trashy" roles unless they are also of color. She isn't saying the only people winning Oscars are black and trashy...that is obviously false. What she is saying is if you are playing a "trashy" role (I havne't seen the movie she is referring to but I assume the character is trashy considering she urinates on someone), you will not be honored for doing it well unless you are also of color.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John St,Ark

      So you're saying that Hollywood is racist?I'm shocked!

      June 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • secondThat

      You are correct. She was clear and unambiguous and you can tell from the casual honestly of the response and language of the quote. What everyone in this thread is apparently missing, however, is her not-so-subtle reference to the "make me feel good" actress Halle Berry. I don't have even a cursory knowledge Ms. Rodriguez personality (or "dumbness") outside of her movies, but of her point, it was quite deep.

      June 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Mike C

    Maybe her comments were taken out of context... I mean, Michelle Rodriguez is part black herself, and seems very proud of the fact...

    June 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Roland

    She means that if you are TRASHY in a film, you can't get nominated unless you are BLACK too. Examples: Monique in Precious, Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, Denzel in Training Day. She's commenting on how RACIST Hollywood is. Name a black actor nominated for a role that wasn't stereotypical of black society....you can't. Black actors only get nominated when they fulfill stereotypes or play slaves, servants or angry.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sidney Portier

      June 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMT

      Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for the movie "Ghost" and her character was not a slave or servant and was far from angry. Also, I recall Lou Gossett Jr., winning for his role a very disciplined Marine Sergeant.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie

      Roland you got it perfectly! Thanks for once again giving me hope for the survival of intelligence in America! 😉

      June 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunni

      Oh Michelle. People aren't going to understand whatever it was you were trying to say.
      Plus, Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for a role that was not trashy in Lilies of the Field. I like Michelle, but she probably doesn't remember back that far.

      June 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orioles

      Roland I think you may have hit the nail on the head. I didn't even think about it like that.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Then why couldn't she say that: "You can't win or barely get nominated if you're black UNLESS you are TRASHY too"?? It comes off alot different then...

      January 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. winger27

    at least this beats watching the stock market or the economy!!! ;0)

    June 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  91. This is news?

    Oh sleepy ones.

    Please don't make this news.

    Research Bilderberg.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Pennette


    June 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  93. winger27

    I'm not sure what oscars she's been watching!?!?! Daniel-Day Lewis, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Collin Firth, JEAN DUJARDIN!!! Meryll Streep, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock, kate Winslet!?!?!?!? These are like the anit-color, anti-trashy actors and actresses!!! If anything, the academy is racist! You're a wack job!

    June 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sorcerer

      Umm...actually, what she's saying is that the Academy is racist. Plus, they like trash. Wouldn't you agree that the Academy is racist if they only give Oscars to black actresses. If not, then maybe one of us should reassess the definition of racism. Just a thought...

      June 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  94. kennedy

    sounds like a hater for real!

    June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  95. marjee123

    She's not black and she got her face and comment in the paper. Maybe you have to discriminate against people and be racist eh Nicole.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Natas

    The only reason for this article is even online at all is spelled out in the articles authors name, Post by: Tomika Anderson

    June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Michelle Rodriguez is teh hawtness!!!

    Yum yum gimme some!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Chai

    Nicole Kidman won an an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Dennis Carter

    Interesting comment but it got her in the news. I think that is what she was after. When you think about it, actors make these controversial statements to get attention and get publicity since most can not earn it on pure talent.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Erik

    Her comments are soooooooo OFENSIVE...How can anybody actually believe that? Where does one draw that type of conclusion from. Trashy and Black.....that's so racist. So is she saying everytime a black actor wins an Oscar its just because they are trachy or black, its not because they have any talent at all.....Amazing!!! I used to actually like this girl....not so much anymore.....

    June 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • kj

      You took the words out my mouth. I liked her too. She must referring to Lee Daniels last film but this umbrella theory is pathetic. If so many black people were getting noms there would be a lot more with awards.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      What she's trying to say is that it's very difficult for black actors to get nominated for an Oscar if they are playing someone who is classy, wealthy and educated. If they are playing a trashy character they'll get nominated or win. A good example of this is Precious, Monster's Ball, The Help... great acting amazing talent, but the characters could be described as "trashy" or better described as uneducated and poor. In contrast to this, very few white actresses have been nominated for playing "trashy" characters, the exception in recent times being Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone. But they tend to get nominated for playing Virginia Wolf or Margaret Thatcher. Cate Blanchett is a good example of this double standard. When she plays "trashy" women brilliantly like in the Gift or Little Fish there's no way that she'll get a nomination. When she plays Queen Elizabeth or Katharine Hepburn or a journalist or a teacher... instant nomination material for her. Roles for African American women are still so limited in variety that sadly I can't even come up with a good counter example to Blanchett. I think that Rodriquez's intention with this statement is meant to say less about Nicole Kidman's oscar chances (not getting nominated probably has more to do with the fact that she can no longer move her face.) than it is a statement about the limited diversity of roles available for actresses which stems from society's preconceptions of acceptable roles for actresses and women based on their race and gender. I think this preconception exists for actors as well, but not nearly to the degree that it exists for women.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  101. CountryMusicStar

    I like my women just a little on the trashy side.............

    June 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Joe Seattle

    Actually –

    I'm going to check into those comments. They're appauling, but I honestly haven't been paying enough attention to the oscars to know if there's any truth. (Unlike the rest of you commenters, I don't dismiss an opnion just because I don't like it, nor just because it's easier to just play the racism card). Why don't we all check the facts?

    June 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Anomic Office Drone

    Michelle Rodriguez calling something trashy is like David Duke calling something racist.

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snowwhyte

      Yep, I agree. She's got the trashy part down on her own, Hollywood or not. Giver her a few day, she'll be walkin' them words back, making the rounds on late night cryin' and complaining about how she was mis-quoted when we all know dang well what she meant. An she got some color in her too? Pathetic piece of....#@!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Thor88

    She is soooo smokin hot.... she can say anything she wants

    June 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  105. be quiet

    Stay classy, Michelle.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  106. ww

    I'm still trying to figure out who all the of black and trashy actors/actresses are. They all must have been nominated before the year I was born.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Seriously?!

    She's acting like blacks get handouts...but in reality, it only highlights that Black STEREOTYPED roles are rewarded, while Blacks playing decent roles and doing phenomenal jobs in film, are NOT rewarded.

    What a racist latinabitc

    June 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Uh, that IS what she was saying. Those who play up the stereotypes best get nominated.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Dino

    With this comment and your rules for nomination you are already NOMINATED

    June 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Seriously?!

    Sound like Maria or Michelle or whatever wants a handout.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  110. T. Martin

    Once again a white hispanic attacking black people.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zimm

      I lol'd so the back of my head feels like it's received multiple punches.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • randallkp

      Cameron Diaz is a white hispanic (Cuban), Michelle Rodriguez definitely recognizes her African roots as a Puerto Rican and Dominican. She's not saying blacks are trashy, and therefore thats the only way they get nominated. What she is saying is that blacks only get nominated for playing trashy and poor roles. That they don't get nominated or win an Oscar for playing upstanding, smart, educated roles. Monster's Ball – Halle Berry, Training Day – Denzel Washington...etc. It was a criticism of the Academy Awards not of black people or black actors/actresses.

      June 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Bob'n Nob

    It does help. Now if they throw in Hispanic you unfortunately still would not have a chance.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Now Why

    Coo coo

    June 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Dominic Toretto

    Letty, Please shut up and go make me a sandwich..YOU EMBARASS ME!

    June 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Letty

      You look tired, I think you should come upstairs and give me a massage

      June 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  114. SassyT

    No Michelle you won't get nominated because you're not great of an actress. What did being black having to do with it, you're wrong your comments surely qualifiy you to be TRASHY...Don't get it twisted..

    June 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

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