Upset with what he considered to be unfair editing, rapper and cast member of the Oscar-winning film Crash, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has lashed out against talk show queen Oprah Winfrey after a promotional visit to her show.
Bridges, who played one of two carjackers in the movie, appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” along with fellow cast members and was forced to defend his use of the N-word as a rapper. According to an interview in the May issue of GQ Magazine, Bridges said that the majority of his arguments were let out of the show that aired.
“She edited out a lot of my comments while keeping her own in,” he said in the interview. “Of course, it’s her show, but we were doing a show on racial discrimination, and she gave me a hard time as a rapper when I came on there as an actor.”
Winfrey, who is against any use of the N-word, is known to rarely invite rappers on to her show, although Kanye West has made a recent appearance. Bridges was especially upset that comedians, who are notorious for using the N-word have been regular guests on the show.
“I don’t see why people like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who I am huge fans of, it’s OK for them to go on ‘Oprah.’ They speak the same language as I do, but they do it through comedy, so I guess that’s acceptable,” he said.
After the taping of the show, Bridges said that Winfrey explained her actions to him in a private discussion. “After the taping, she pulled me into a room and we had a five-minute conversation,” he said.
“What I got was that by having rappers on her show, she feels like she is empowering them. It was like being at someone’s house who doesn’t really want you there.”