7. His Prognosis Of The Black Film Industry
George Lucas is right about one thing: Hollywood doesn’t typically invest a lot of money into films with predominantly black casts; however, in a recent interview, he went on a bit of a self-indulgent rant that made him seem more crazy than compassionate.
In an interview with USA Today, Lucas stated, "I realize that by accident I've now put the black film community at risk (with Red Tails, whose $58 million budget far exceeds typical all-black productions). I'm saying, if this doesn't work, there's a good chance you'll stay where you are for quite a while. It'll be harder for you guys to break out of that (lower-budget) mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let's make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there."
Forget about the success of Spike Lee, and to a lesser extent John Singleton, and let’s ignore the fact that Denzel Washington and Will Smith are in $100 million blockbusters seemingly every year. While there's no doubt that Hollywood does an awful job of presenting all races equally, we are in no way going to turn George Lucas into Rosa Parks.