Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul Claims Salma Hayek Scolded Him the Night He Won an Oscar
By Alex Ungerman
Sometimes, meeting your crush doesn't go exactly as planned.
Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul tells the Hollywood Reporter in its March 4 issue that after the rappers became the first hip hop group to ever win the Best Original Song Oscar -- for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the movie, Hustle and Flow, in 2006 -- he allegedly had a run-in with Salma Hayek at the Vanity Fair party that night, where things apparently took a turn for the worst.
"Salma Hayek walked up to me-- who I was super in love with because of From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney -- and said the craziest sh*t," Paul claims in the interview. "'You know your brothers and sisters are dying over in Africa because of all this jewelry you're wearing.' Because I guess we had those big ole watches they gave us on, and these platinum necklaces."
"So I was like, 'What?! What are you talking about? I don't have no brothers and sisters in Africa!'" he continues. "And like that, Salma Hayek killed my hard-on. I just went limp. I told her it was nice meeting her and walked out away from that."
The rapper also recalls the fish-out-of-water experience of attending the show, admitting, "I didn't know what the hell an Oscar was."
"My lawyer wrote out a piece of paper with the names of all the people we were supposed to thank if we won," he adds. We were like, 'Man, we don't need this paper. We're not going to win. F**k that paper!'"
But the fact that they did win, Paul says, impacted how he looks at the Oscars diversity problem today.
"Look, man: I don't think the Oscars is racist or whatever the hell they're saying," he points out. "Because if the Oscars were racist, they wouldn't have given this to three black gangsta rappers — for a song about pimping. There's no getting blacker than that."
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