29 Celebrities Who’ve Endured Blatant Racism: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson & More (PHOTOS)

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29 Celebrities Who’ve Endured Blatant Racism: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson & More (PHOTOS)

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29 Celebrities Who’ve Endured Blatant Racism: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson & More (PHOTOS)

While some argue we live in a post racial society, most people with a firm grip on reality know this is not the case. Everyday, race affects how people are perceived and treated, and that goes for celebrities as well.

Check out these 29 stars above who have dealt with racism firsthand.

 

29 Celebrities Who’ve Endured Blatant Racism: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson & More (PHOTOS)
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John Legend

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Chrissy Teigen recently shared the story of a paparazzi comparing her husband to a monkey right in front of them.

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Chrissy Teigen

Don’t tell John! #RexyTheCoachDino @coach ????????????

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Chrissy was subject to racial slurs herself, as the half-Thai model was called a “chink”  on the streets of Santa Monica in 2015.

 

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Venus Williams

@wilsontennis #blade #new #2017 #aces #action

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The tennis champ was recently compared to a gorilla by an ESPN announcer.

 

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Serena Williams

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Her superstar sister was also likened to a gorilla and called “manly” after her June 2015 French Open win.

 

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More recently, a former employee of luxury shoe company Gianvito Rossi accused the brand of refusing to give the tennis champ the same discounts as white celebrities, according to documents obtained from their racial discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Plaintiff Whitney Wilburn, who is black, spoke on the company’s discrimination against the star.

“For instance, when the world famous athlete Serena Williams, via her staff, asked for a discount on her extensive purchases, Gianvito managers responded with racially disparaging comments about Ms. Williams which made it clear that the company did not want African American women to wear its shoes,” the suit says.


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Beyoncé

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The singer received backlash for performing her song “Daddy Lessons” at the 2016 CMAs, with much of the criticism being racist in nature.

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Pharrell

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Zach Braff once compared “Happy” singer Pharrell to a monkey on Twitter, receiving instant backlash. He has since apologized.  

 

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Viola Davis

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Former soap star Nancy Lee Grahn called out Viola Davis’s 2015 Emmy win, tweeting the “Emmys are not venue 4 racial opportunity,” immediately after the Fences star accepted her award.

 

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After a white patron threw a banana peel on stage at one of his shows, the comedian responded, “I am not going to let white people ruin bananas for me…they’re a good source of potassium.”

 

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Oprah

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A shop owner in Switzerland refused to show the media mogul a $38,000 Tom Ford croc skin bag because she assumed the network owner couldn’t afford it.

 

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George Lopez

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The comedian accused the Dream Hotel in NYC of racism when a concierge dropped off a $7,000 Dolce & Gabbana suit to his room, telling him “you scared me. I thought you were housekeeping.”

 

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The reggae star accused Philippe Chow’s in NYC of racism when his family was degraded by the waiter and told not to come back to the establishment. Once they realized he was a celebrity, they immediately apologized.

 

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Victoria Rowell

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The former soap star claims she was fired for fighting for equality for African-Americans behind the scenes.

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The gorgeous songstress was called every racial slur under the sun by fans of her boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, who felt he was too good for her.

 

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Michelle Obama

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This past December, Trump New York co-chair Carl Paladino said this of the first lady: “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

 

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Barack Obama

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The former president himself was asked to get coffee at a state dinner when a diplomat assumed he was a waiter.

 

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Leslie Jones

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The comedian was cyber bullied soon after the premiere of the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, with many of her haters attacking her race and skin tone. 

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The stand up accused the Los Angeles Ritz-Carlton Hotel of being racist after her stay following hosting the BET Awards. 

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Naomie Harris

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The British actress recently revealed that she was called a n—r and hit in the head by a group of teenagers while in France. 

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Jason Derulo

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The singer recently accused American Airlines of racial discrimination after an incident over luggage resulted in the "Talk Dirty" singer being removed from a plane. 

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Jamie Foxx

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The Oscar winner was the target of racial slurs at a restaurant in Croatia.  

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Idris Elba

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Black Brit Idris Elba recently revealed to Telegraph that once he moved from his predominately black hometown to a white neighborhood, he became the target of racist treatment.

“My school, Trinity, was just off the Barking Road, which would take all the National Front supporters to the football at West Ham. They’d come past our school, and if we got on that bus on a game day…mate, if you were Indian or black you were getting it — eggs thrown at you, the whole thing.”


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Drake

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While at Coachella, the "6 God" called The Madison Club "The most offensive place I have ever stayed at in my life with staff who pick and choose who they are going to accommodate based on racial profiling."  

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Sulley Muntari

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Ghanaian soccer star Sulley Muntari walked off of an Italian soccer field when the crowd began making monkey noises hauling racial slurs at him. 

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Adam Jones

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Several Boston Red Sox fans hurled racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles' All-Star center fielder Adam Jones at Fenway Park. 

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Gabourey Sidibe

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The Empire actress and author recently recalled an experience where she was demeaned by a saleswoman who thought that she didn’t have enough money to shop at a Chicago Chanel boutique. 

"I knew what she was doing. She had decided after a single look at me that I wasn’t there to spend any money. Even though I was carrying a Chanel bag, she decided I wasn’t a Chanel customer and so, not worth her time and energy." 

"No matter how dressed up I get, I’m never going to be able to dress up my skin color to look like what certain people perceive to be an actual customer. Depending on the store, I either look like a thief or a waste of time. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground between no attention and too much attention."


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LeBron James

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LeBron James's Los Angeles home was recently vandalized, with the perp spray painting the n-word on his front gate, according to TMZ.

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Migos

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The Atlanta trio was recently removed from a Delta flight to Iowa, with their manager claiming they were racially profiled, accoridng to Variety. 

Delta said in a statement to the same publication that the group was removed for a failure to follow crew member instructions and properly stow away their items in the overhead bins. Their manager, however, told TMZ that member Takeoff failed to follow instructions and place his bag in the bin because he was asleep.

The airline added that Migos was rebooked for an alternate flight to Des Moines. 

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Samuel L. Jackson & Magic Johnson

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The acclaimed actor and retired basketball player were pictured sitting on a bench surrounded by luxury shopping bags in Italy, with locals believing the two millionaires were “lazy migrants” who chose to embark on an extravagant shopping spree with money from the state, according to Independent.

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While some argue we live in a post racial society, most people with a firm grip on reality know this is not the case. Everyday, race affects how people are perceived and treated, and that goes for celebrities as well.

Check out these 29 stars above who have dealt with racism firsthand.