Oscar-Winning Song Hits Angry Chord

Oscar-Winning Song Hits Angry Chord

There are 28 comments on the The Washington Post story from Mar 6, 2006, titled Oscar-Winning Song Hits Angry Chord. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, March 7, 2006; Page B03 When Christine Smith heard the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" announced as the Oscar winner for best original song on Sunday night's telecast, ...

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Nichole Henderson

Grand Blanc, MI

#1 Mar 8, 2006
I could not believe it! Tears filled my eyes!I love that song! Three 6 Mafia has been in the business for a long time and they keep it real, they deserved it!
Texas

Macon, GA

#2 Mar 28, 2006
you are a shame to humanity and the apprecitation of art. both of which are degredated by "three 6 mafia." How could you be proud of these fools who only use their ever so succeptible young followers to make themselves rich off a song that is about prostitution? shame on you...
ludafan

Manchester, NH

#3 Mar 29, 2006
If the only thing that you got out of that song, was degrading talk about women, and prostitution, then you have missed the point of the song (Yes- there is some degrading of women in the song... but that wasn't all there was).
I'm curious: Have you seen the movie?
sally

Hollywood, FL

#4 May 8, 2006
dont not speak about anything you really dont know about.its very vulgar and disrespectful.you wouldnt appreciate if i talked or gossiped about the choice of music that you desire to listen to.everybody has there own opinon about things they know about,not just because of what it seems to be about.
sally

Hollywood, FL

#5 May 8, 2006
dont not speak about anything you really dont know about.its very vulgar and disrespectful.you wouldnt appreciate if i talked or gossiped about the choice of music that you desire to listen to.everybody has there own opinon about things they know about,not just because of what it seems to be about.
three 6 mafia

Galesville, MD

#6 May 11, 2006
hey whats up?
three 6 mafia

Galesville, MD

#7 May 11, 2006
how you guys been!
wendy

Galesville, MD

#8 May 11, 2006
hey whats ponppim.
paul

Wyoming, MI

#10 May 11, 2006
im not into hip-hop, but i thought the movie and the song were pretty good
BBG

Macon, GA

#11 May 23, 2006
I don't see what is to hate on. If that was Britney Spears that won it nobody would have said anything. But since they are hip hop, it a controversey!
Stacy

Columbia, SC

#12 May 23, 2006
As soon as 3 6 Mafia won the Oscar I heard people saying how that song was inappropriate to win an Oscar. Well if a movie bout 2 men being together can get nominated then I don't see nothing wrong bout 36 Mafia getting what belonged to them!
daisy lee myers

United States

#14 May 24, 2006
i predicted "hustle & flow" WOULD GET A NOD FROM oscar and the music too.

it reminded me of the days of "superfly."
john hoffman

Philadelphia, PA

#16 May 25, 2006
i used to listen to rap and hip-hop all the time but after getting tired of the same old repeated lyrics and barely changed beats i started listening to other things(a.K.a nirvana, jimi hendrix,ect...). You know rap and hip hop wasent like it was when i first listened to it because to me it was something new and fresh but now its just the same old repeated formula. So in the end i find that this song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" one a oscar will just end up hurting the industry it came from.
Que

United States

#17 Jun 7, 2006
Let's be real for a second, yes there are pimps and yes there are prostitutes,
if you are a wasp you probably don't get it and never will
BWIJ at work

Japan

#18 Jun 8, 2006
Something that's always bothered me. Why is it that we only get positive attention for negative things? Being able to freestyle is such a beautiful talent. I sure as hell don't have it, and that's why I respect it so much when I see it in others. So when it's used to talk about nothing but prostitution and bitches and hoes, and stayin in the game, and hustling, I get angry, because there are so many other talented rap artists out there who didn't sell out as much as others to sell records. Why didn't Nas ever get an Oscar, or Talik Kwali, or The Roots, or Busta...(so intelligent), or Arrested Development, or Common, or Tupac? It simply shows us where American values lie.

Black Woman In Japan
amr

Baton Rouge, LA

#19 Jun 8, 2006
BWIJ at work wrote:
Something that's always bothered me. Why is it that we only get positive attention for negative things? Being able to freestyle is such a beautiful talent. I sure as hell don't have it, and that's why I respect it so much when I see it in others. So when it's used to talk about nothing but prostitution and bitches and hoes, and stayin in the game, and hustling, I get angry, because there are so many other talented rap artists out there who didn't sell out as much as others to sell records. Why didn't Nas ever get an Oscar, or Talik Kwali, or The Roots, or Busta...(so intelligent), or Arrested Development, or Common, or Tupac? It simply shows us where American values lie.
Black Woman In Japan
Well spoken BWIJ, accurate and articulate, but you pulled your punch. It is not an " American value " as you quoted in closing. Because most Americans are appaled by it, It is only widely accepted by the African segment of the American community. It always amuses me that when it is convenient, such as the rescue of Katrina victims it is just " American rescuing Americans ". But as soon as it si convenient again it is the " African - American " thing again. Why the double standard ?
BWIJ at work

Japan

#20 Jun 11, 2006
amr wrote:
<quoted text>
Well spoken BWIJ, accurate and articulate, but you pulled your punch. It is not an " American value " as you quoted in closing. Because most Americans are appaled by it, It is only widely accepted by the African segment of the American community. It always amuses me that when it is convenient, such as the rescue of Katrina victims it is just " American rescuing Americans ". But as soon as it si convenient again it is the " African - American " thing again. Why the double standard ?
I understand what you're saying and I agree to a point. However, it cannot be overlooked that lots if not most of the monetary support for "gangsta rap" comes from young white males.(Note: I passingly read this statistic somewhere...I'll look for a source for it, as I hate simply quoting stuff without having much to back it up.) Otherwise, I think that African-Americans get positive attention for negative things such as songs about sex and drugs, b/c that's what America expects from us. So when other artists try to broaden their horizons beyond these topics, they aren't given any attention b/c they don't fit that nice little box someone else has already defined for us. No one will really even take them seriously! It's the same for any traditional role in society. Take men's traditional sex roles for example. As soon as a man steps out of what has been traditionally defined as being normal for him (i.e. sports, macho attitudes), he is regarded negatively or insulted as being a fag or less than a man. I simply want people to stop trying to define everyone else and view people as unique individuals united in the strongest connection of all: humanity. Is that too much to ask for? Judging from the way the world is acting...I guess the answer is yes.(Yet another sigh)

Oh yeah, I agree with you on the double standard issue. I feel that there shouldn't be terms such as African-Americans, or Asian-Americans or Insert any Ethnicity here-Americans. However, sometimes it can't be helped because people don't wish to feel as if they are forsaking their ethnicity or "selling out their race". For whites its easier b/c as the majority you guys were able to traditionally define American as being...for white males and then later on for white females. 1.)Thus, you don't feel the need to say, "I'm European-American," b/c somewhere along the way the two words became interchangable. However, as America is made of a number of differing people, I believe that everyone living here that genuinely loves this country and works for it's glory can fit under the umbrella of America...without having to put ethnicity in front of it. Before I'm black, I'm human and this human lives in a great country. God bless it.

*Side note: Please also note that I wouldn't emphasize my race so much as being such a significant part of me, if I weren't made to feel as if I were different (and thus lower) because of it in the first place. Primarily it's simply another part of me just like the fact that I'm female and I like cats. But out of defense of it, became a much bigger deal than it should be.

American...Black Woman in Japan (I guess it's time for a screen change)

1.)(Note: DuBois covers some of this in his essays about double-consciousness.
Question Man

Plano, TX

#21 Jun 15, 2006
Que wrote:
Let's be real for a second, yes there are pimps and yes there are prostitutes,
if you are a wasp you probably don't get it and never will
Check your history, WASP invented the game!
amr

Baton Rouge, LA

#22 Jun 15, 2006
Question Man wrote:
<quoted text> Check your history, WASP invented the game!
Got that right Hommie, invented it and control it. Through your life and beyond. Power to the eye ! WASP will never die !
wde01

Dallas, TX

#23 Jun 15, 2006
That "song" winning an Oscar just shows that Hollywierd will never see our people as anything but pimps,gangstas,hustlas,hos and other assorted trash. Folks who support this stereotypical garbage are no better than the KKK.

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