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Chuck D Reacts to Chris Rock Using Public Enemy’s Fight the Power During Oscars


ABC/Image Group LABefore Chris Rock uttered a single joke at Sunday night’s 88th annual Academy Awards, the comedian set the tone by walking onto the stage to the tune of Public Enemy‘s racially-charged anthem “Fight the Power.” It seems Public Enemy’s Chuck D had a lot to say about the song selection.

“The song Fight The Power is beyond me & the crew. The point of the song is a call to making change eventually not just applauding the thought,” he tweeted. “Art speaking. Fight The Power. Make change.Demand respect. Do your own awards RIGHT & give indie artists & actors a chance to make a LIVING.”

The rap veteran also gave his opinion on the controversial ceremony itself, which of course

“Oscars are like a TRADE show. If you aint in that business why should you care? Its like winter baseball meetings, how many care about that?,” he wrote. “Black Community support the ARTS as education REFORM & stop waitin for corporations to educate you on something they just hustling our way … I seen folk past 20yrs wanna be actors in movies but ignore their school theater & plays ( if they had it) or Rappers dissin music classes.”

“Fight The Power” served as the theme in Spike Lee‘s 1989 film Do The Right Thing, which lost Best Picture during the 62nd Academy Awards to Driving Miss Daisy, as Chuck pointed out.

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