Last nights BET Awards were opened by the ever-funny Chris Rock who, as expected, totally rocked it with plenty of hilarious spot-on commentary on current events. With jabs at Solange, Chris Brown, and a complete takedown of ex-Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, Rock reminded us why his comedy never fades. From Madagascar to Pootie Tang to Good Hair, Chris Rock remains one of the most phenomenal comedians and public figures of the past two decades. Here are five of our favorite thought-provoking quotes from a man who uses his fame to bring light to (and occasionally to make light of) serious issues.
1. “Everybody’s so busy wanting to be down with the gang. “I’m conservative,” “I’m liberal,” “I’m conservative.” Bullshit. Be a fucking person. Lis-ten. Let it swirl around your head. Then form your opinion. No normal, decent person is one thing, okay? I’ve got some shit I’m conservative about, I’ve got some shit I’m liberal about. Crime, I’m conservative. Prostitution, I’m liberal.”
2. “I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”
3. “We got so much food in America we’re allergic to food. Allergic to food! Hungry people ain’t allergic to shit. You think anyone in Rwanda’s got a fucking lactose intolerance?”
4. “You don’t need no gun control. You know what you need? We need some bullet control. Man, we need to control the bullets, that’s right. I think all bullets should cost $5000. $5000 for a bullet. You know why? ‘Cause if a bullet costs $5000, there’d be no more innocent bystanders.Every time someone gets shot, people will be like, “Damn, he must have did something. He put $50,000 worth of bullets in his ass!” Niggas will say “I would blow your fucking head off…if I could afford it. I’m gonna get me another job, I’m gonna start saving some money, and then you’re dead man. You better hope I can’t get no bullets on layaway!”
5. “When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.”