…and a ‘DF’ for just about everything else.
Jackson, who has lived the American Dream and then some — his net worth is an estimated $150 million — has demonstrated repeatedly that earning power is not a measure of brains. In December of 2014 he urged his fellow rich celebs to sing out against the “racist police.” A year earlier, he declared it’s “open season” on “young brothers.”
But as inciteful (note the spelling) as some of his publicly stated opinions are, there is no denying that Jackson tells it the way it is. He freely admits, for example, having voted for Barack Obama purely on the basis of his skin color.
Over the weekend, he shared some of his stronger opinions again in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that focused primarily on his new film “The Hateful Eight.”
In it Jackson admitted that when he first heard about the slaughter in San Bernardino he hoped the shooter was some “crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims.”
When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, these terrorists!’ And I can’t even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino — I was in Hawaii — how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims, because it’s like: ‘Oh, sh*t. It’s here. And it’s here in another kind of way.’ Now, okay, it happened on an Army base and it happened somewhere else. But now? It’s like they have a legitimate reason now to look at your Muslim neighbor, friend, whatever in another way.
Jackson concluded his thoughts by observing that Muslim have “become the new young black men.”
For all this, you might suspect that Jackson is at least inwardly concerned about playing violent characters on the big screen.
Not a chance:
- Samuel L. Jackson issues challenge to fellow celebs to ‘sing out’ (literally) against racist police
- Samuel L. Jackson admits he voted for Obama based on skin color
- Samuel L. Jackson warns ‘young brothers it’s open season’