I really wanted to see The Avengers this summer. I guess I still do, but it’s really hard when Mark Ruffalo (i.e., the Hulk) goes out of his way to lecture us on oil pipelines, and now Samuel L. Jackson (i.e., Nick Fury) goes around telling moviegoers he only voted for Barack Obama because he’s black. At least the Hulk is supposed to be a dumb ogre when he transforms into a monster, so it almost helps Ruffalo out to say stupid things…but Nick Fury isn’t supposed to be a dunce. He heads up Shield (Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division). And now conservative comic fans have to deal with this?
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them … That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.”
Jackson then went on to drop the N-word several times when discussing Obama, telling [Ebony magazine], “When it comes down to it, they wouldn’t have elected a [bleep]. Because, what’s a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain’t scary at all. [Bleeps] don’t have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don’t let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar. A [bleep] would have stopped the meeting right there and said, ‘Who the [bleep] said that?’ I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, ‘cuz he ain’t gotta worry about getting re-elected.”
Samuel L. Jackson has an incredibly warped mind if he thinks anything close to resembling the majority of Americans give a rip what color Barack Obama is. They don’t. They care what their bank accounts look like. They care about family and friends. They care about their country.
I would vote for Chunk or Sloth from The Goonies if I thought they would be advocates for a simpler tax code and a strong national defense. If Samuel L. Jackson thinks the United States is still living in the 1800’s then it says more about the liberal Hollywood bubble he lives in than it says about the rest of the country.
When Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page were promoting Inception, they apparently decided that it would bring in viewers if they acted like partisan tools during interviews. Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson got the same memo. Or maybe they’re all just ungrateful jerks going off script because they know they’re in summer blockbusters anyway—whether it’s in a Christopher Nolan film or a Marvel movie that’s been about a decade in the works.
The truth is, when actors get overtly political, customers do less to spread word-of-mouth than they would otherwise. In some instances we refrain from seeing the movie altogether. And perhaps that’s fine—but my guess is it’s not with a lot of people in Hollywood—since they’re promoting internet censorship bills like SOPA (with the help of mostly Democrats) to recoup lost sales from pirating.
In this particular interview Jackson proves himself to be a double-buffoon, going for politics AND race. So a “nigga” wouldn’t “let some white dude” interrupt his speech without talking back? Would it have been okay if it was a black guy? And would the President of the United States really say, “Who the f**k said that?”? Way to dispel stereotypes there, Sam.
The President of the United States is the president of all Americans, a fact that seems lost on Jackson and the current president (remember when President Obama called those who disagreed with him on immigration “enemies”?). Ronald Reagan used to make it clear he was the president of all Americans. When critics called Bush a Nazi he shrugged it off and said at least we live in a country where critics could freely voice their opinions. President Obama seems to take criticism personally, but that might be because his head is filled with the same mush that’s been spooned into Samuel L. Jackson’s.
I don’t hate the color of the president’s skin, Mr. Jackson—I hate 15 trillion dollars of debt. I hate leaving a lower standard of living for the next generation. I hate lying to people about the financial disaster we’ve created for ourselves. And I’m sad that people with large megaphones use those megaphones to cultivate mistrust and division between different races.
At least The Avengers has Robert Downey Jr. He has a few conservative streaks in him, but unlike the rest of the clowns he works with he generally keeps his views to himself.
Update: Check out Tina Korbe’s take on Jackson over at hotair.