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Bill Cosby To Michael Jackson: What The Entertainment Industry Does To Black Entertainers

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“The tradition of great performers, from . . . Sammy Davis Jr., to James Brown, to Jackie Wilson, to Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley, the story is usually the same. These guys work really hard at their craft, but the story ends the same, they usually are broken, torn, and usually just sad, and the story is very sad in the end because the companies take advantage of them, they really do.” (source)

It’s not just Michael Jackson — there are a number of big names within the entertainment industry who are decrying the hardships people working within it must endure. A member of the two time grammy award winning group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony described one way artists are taken advantage of, stating that the industry “breaks people down systematically,” comparing it to a “high tech type of lynching.” (source)

Dave Chappelle made an appearance on national television a few years ago expressing a similar sentiment. He argued that you must be incredibly strong to work in Hollywood, but that it is such a “sick environment” that it still takes its toll. He asks, “What is going on in Hollywood?” He uses his friend, actor Martin Lawrence, as an example:

You know when we did Blue Streak we were promoting it, and Martin had a stroke, he almost died. And then after that I saw him and I was like, “Oh my God Martin are you okay?” And he said, “I got the best sleep I ever got in my life,” that’s how tough he is. So let me ask you this, what is happening in Hollywood that a guy that tough will be on the street waving a gun screaming, “They are trying to kill me.” What’s going on? Why is Dave Chappelle going to Africa? (source)

Chappelle’s colleague in the industry, world-renowned comedian Katt Williams, stated this about Chappelle a couple of years ago:

When he made five hundred million dollars, they said even though his contract said he should get half of it, they said he made too much for the contract to be valid, so we’ll offer you ten percent of what you made. . . . Then [Chappelle] said, “What do you think my fans are going to say when they find out you offered me ten percent of what I made you, and they said, ‘Your fans will believe that you are a crazy crackhead by the time you get home.’ And [he] got on a flight in L.A. and by the time he got to Ohio, it was so, and eight years later he hasn’t been in a movie and/or television. (source)

When it comes to Michael Jackson, the children who accused him of molestation grew up and later said that the allegations were completely false (a simple Google search will show this). The industry loves to ruin a celebrity’s image, for various reasons. After all, scandals sell. Why would so many (and I emphasizeso many) artists like Liz Taylor, Akon (see video of Akon sticking up for Michael in an interview, and getting upset about it), Chris Brown, Bone Thugs-N-hHarmony, and many many more stick up for him, support him, and praise him well after these allegations took place?

Destroying ones image is a common tactic in Hollywood.

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