Jamie Foxx, a multi-talented but polarizing Hollywood actor, has been tapped to co-host a Hurricane Harvey telethon produced by Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, even though he’s been branded a “black bigot” by conservative media.
While his star-power is undeniable, Foxx has raised eyebrows in the past for controversial racist and trasnphobic statements.
Foxx caused a social media uproar two years ago after he told a joke about Caitlyn Jenner’s then pending sex change during his opening monologue at the iHeart Radio Awards.
Foxx’s remark was blasted for being “transphobic,” which means someone who is antagonistic toward transsexuality and transsexual or transgender people.
But that’s not the worst of it.
In 2012, during his opening monologue as host of “Saturday Night Live,” Foxx said he got to “kill all the white people,” in his movie “Django Unchained.” Then, he added: “How great is that!”
He was widely criticized for inflaming racial tensions.
“Had a white person delivered the same monologue but simply exchanged the word ‘white’ for ‘black,’ his career would be over,” wrote conservative columnist Jeffrey Kuhner in the Washington Times.
“The hypocrisy and double standard are egregious. They must stop. Black bigotry should no longer be condoned, let alone celebrated,” he added.
For his part, Foxx brushed off the remark in a later interview on NBC’s “Today” show.
“I mean, I — I’m a comedian. So, I mean, I’m not a — I don’t even know what to say,” he told “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie.
Foxx also caused a right-wing uproar when he pronounced President Obama “our Lord and Savior.”
He’s also been critical of Hollywood for the lack of meaningful roles for African-Americans.
The 49-year-old actor has confirmed he donated $25,000 to charity GlobalGiving. Stars like Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million each toward relief efforts.
The tropical storm ripped through southeastern Texas killing more than 30 people and destroying around 50,000 homes.
Foxx broked the news about his co-hosting duties on Instagram.
“Just wanted to let everyone in Texas know that we got you. From a fellow Texan, my heart goes out, my prayers go out,” he said.
“Houston, everybody, all of those different places. We’re here for you. God bless,” he added.
The telethon will take place in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, rapper B Bun, a Houston native, told gossip site TMZ.
Foxx is expected to co-host the LA segment, potentially with former Disney star Hilary Duff.
Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton are reportedly hosting from Nashville
Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan, who now co-hosts ABC’s “Good Morning America”- will co-host New York City.
Kelly Rowland and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons have also been mentioned for possible roles.