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As Chris Rock has been making his promotional rounds for Top Five, he's landed a handful of brutally honest and effortlessly comical interviews, tweets, and guest appearances

Shaun Harrison
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On Racism In Hollywood

It's a white industry, just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is." -- In a personal essay in The Hollywood Reporter, December 2014, the week his new movie Top Five is released
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On the Freedom Tower

"They should change the name of the Freedom Tower to the never goin' up in there tower...Who is the corporate sponsor, Target?" -- During his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live
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On President Obama

"To say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first black person that is qualified to be president. That's not black progress. That's white progress. There's been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years." -- A quote on America's racial "progress" from a recent New York Magazine interview
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On the 2012 election Democratic primary candidates

"White women burned their bras. Black men were burned alive." -- During his SNL guest appearance, 2012
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On OJ Simpson

"Who could forget the night OJ came by to sell his new instructional video tape 'I Didn't Kill My Wife But If I Did, Here's How I'd Do It.'" -- Rock predicts the future on his HBO show
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On Being Edgy

"I hate when guys talks about 'I'm edgy.' It's not edgy if you're talking about it! Tupac didn't talk about it. He just lived it." -- Telling it like it is in his most recent Rolling Stone Magazine interview, 2014
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On Being the Only Black Kid in School

"You know why I hated school? Because I was the only black kid like Franklin from the Charlie Brown Show... Twenty-five years not one line." -- During the SNL season premiere in 1992
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On Independence Day

"Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks" -- On Independence Day in 2012
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On Interracial Dating

"I dated white girls and had eggs... thrown at me... These white girls now?.?.?.?white men don't even get mad when you're with them 'cause they're not real white girls. Back in '89, '91, you get killed for Loni Anderson. Today, nobody's killing you for ... Gwyneth Paltrow." -- From his most recent Rolling Stone interview.
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On Commercialization

"We're only five years away from 9/11 sales... You're gonna hear it on the radio 'Come on down to Red Lobster these shrimp are $9.11!'" -- Opening monologue on SNL in November, 2014
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On Casting In Hollywood

"It was never like, 'Is it going to be Ryan Gosling or Chiwetel Ejiofor for Fifty Shades of Grey?' And you know, black people f---, too... More women want to f--- Tyrese than Jamie Dornan, and it's not even close. It's not a contest." -- From Rock's essay in The Hollywood Reporter, December 2014
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Racism Editorial

"If you say this to a Jewish person they'll say Hey! That's racist!... I would love to hear someone say, Gah, that black guy is so good with cash!'" -- Part of a controversial rant on SNL in 1993
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On Gun Control

"It's me and a bunch of celebrities and we speak out against guns. I come home and I check out my website... and there's all these threats on there... and I realize, Oh my God, I need a gun!" -- During his opening monologue on SNL in November, 2014
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On the Advantage of the Next Generation

"The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let's hope America keeps producing nicer white people." -- A quote from an interview with New York Magazine
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On Making Hollywood Connections

"Where's the big black film producer? That's why I've been all over Steve McQueen... Steve thinks we keep bumping into each other by accident... I don't care if I have to play a whip, I'm going to be in a Steve McQueen movie." -- Another spot-on statement from Rock's essay in The Hollywood Reporter, December 2014
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On the Gay Rights Movement

"I always call Ellen DeGeneres the gay Rosa Parks. If Rosa Parks had one of the most popular daytime TV shows, I'm sure the civil-rights movement would've moved a little bit faster too." -- During his New York Magazine interview
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On The Confederate Flag

"'To me it's like the Bat Flag... 'Let's send up the cracker symbol'... That's what it looks like to me." -- A town in South Carolina debates updating the confederate flag in a segment on The Chris Rock Show
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On Black Streets vs. White Streets

19. On Black Streets vs. White Streets "There's never been a street named after a slain black icon in a white neighborhood... I went to Howard's Beach to see if I could get people to sign a petition to turn one of their greatest streets into Tupac Shakur Boulevard." -- Laughter, slander and utter confusion ensued during this stunt on HBO's The Chris Rock Show
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On Race Relations In America

"Here's the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before." -- A poignant quote a recent New York Magazine interview.
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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

"Things never change. Hey, look at this, black guy trying to get a cab in New York City." -- From Chris Rock's upcoming film, Top Five.