Octavia Spencer Says She Has Experienced ‘More Racism’ in Hollywood Than in Her Alabama Hometown

FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Octavia Spencer arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America will honor Octavia Spencer for her work behind-the-camera at its 2020 awards show. Spencer, who was among the producers of last year’s best picture Oscar winner “Green Book,” will receive the Visionary Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Three-time Oscar-nominated actress Octavia Spencer said she thought Hollywood was more racist than where she was brought up in Alabama during an appearance on a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.

During the podcast, Octavia expressed how she had expected the liberal city located in a blue state to be a “free and liberal thinking place,” but after arriving there and spending some time in Los Angeles, she claimed to have experienced “more racism” than she ever had in her Alabama hometown.

The discussion’s catalyst was when Spencer began talking about growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, following the periods of intense civil unrest over civil rights for Black Americans.

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It’s a beautiful place and beautiful people. You know, I love being from there,” she told Maron.

But, it’s like, it’s heavy, right?” Maron responded.

I think everywhere is heavy, everywhere has its history in – you know what I mean? I think everywhere has problems,” Spencer answered.

Sure,” Maron responded, but he still insisted problems in other areas were not “quite as historical and dug in.”

Maron then drilled in further on the racist history of Alabama, citing a history of racial events that have taken place there in the past.

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SOURCE: FOX 17, Alex Schemmel

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