By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 6:52 am in Uncategorized.
Wesley Snipes has, apparently, hit himself in the head with his nunchuks one too many times.
Stories circulating Monday had Snipes claiming all the attention paid to his current tax evasion case is due to racism. Snipes, 45, is due to stand trial next month in Florida on charges he fraudulently claimed tax refunds of almost $12 million in 1996 and 1997. Which, by the way, is a lot of money. He is also accused of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004.
He says, “It was easy for people to jump on the ‘Wesley’s the bad guy’ bandwagon. That’s where I think the systematic racism comes in. We’re conditioned in this country to believe that if there’s a problem, the black man is the culprit.”
Well … maybe he’s right. If the black man cheats the government out of $12 million in tax money.
Then again, I don’t remember Wesley Snipes’ tax troubles keeping me awake at night. Of course when you’re talking about millions in tax evasion from a celebrity, it’s going to be reported. But it certainly hasn’t been one of the biggest celebrity scandal stories this year. Not with white girls like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan to kick around.
Hey, don’t we still make fun of Willie Nelson for tax evasion? Yeah, it must be because he’s black.
Snipes may have a point, since the case involves two co-defendants who are white and may or may not be pursued as hard as Snipes. But much of his gripes seem to be about the media coverage and, frankly, since when has the media cared about a couple no-name tax experts?
But that’s not even the silliest thing Snipes is going around saying (again, see “too many nunchuk blows to the head”). He also blames discrimination for the box office failure of his 2004 movie “Blade: Trinity.” “There are so few guys who do action and do it well (true). Even fewer who are African-American (true again). Even fewer who have classical-theater training (er …what?). So a cat like me coming in, I’m bringing all of that to an action movie. Since there are so few people that do this and have that pedigree, people disregard their contribution.”
Or, it could just be that, despite parading around molten-hot Jessica Biel in bad-ass workout clothes, killing vampires left and right, the movie wasn’t that great — unlike the first two movies when, funny enough, Snipes’ color didn’t stop people from going to see them. I loved those movies. I couldn’t get enough. And, if I remember correctly (never count on it), Snipes went around complaining when the movie was released that there was too much Biel (couldn’t happen) and Ryan Reynolds (yeah, probably) and not enough Wesley (also true). That’s why the movie didn’t get any attention then, he said. Now it’s because he’s black.
Hey, I’m as much a pinko liberal as the next commie tree-hugger. Racism is everywhere in our society and it’s sickening. But when black celebrities do stupid things and immediately say the rest of us are pointing the finger at them only because they’re black, it only hurts the credibility of black people everywhere, unfortunately, who have REAL institutional excuses for their trouble.
Apparently some white people somewhere like Wesley Snipes movies, or we wouldn’t be talking about $12 million in taxes to begin with.
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