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Deon Cole: White People Give Too Many Standing Ovations, 'Conan' Writer Argues (VIDEO)


First Posted: 02/28/2012 11:00 am Updated: 02/28/2012 11:00 am

When "Conan" writer Deon Cole watched Octavia Spencer win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday, he was happy for her. But there was something about the standing ovation she was given that just didn't sit right with him. What once was reserved for recognizing the best of the best now seems to be a little more... targeted. Especially among a group that's 94% white.

"I swear, sometimes Hollywood overcompensates for their guilt towards black people," Cole said. In fact, he shows a clip proving that sometimes at his own work he gets the same reaction -- even for simple tasks.

"So please, white people, take it down a notch." And for this speech, Conan and the audience let Cole know how exceptionally proud of him they were, by jumping to their feet with applause, of course.

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