Samuel L. Jackson is making news for some candid remarks about President Barack Obama and why he supported him in 2008. What did the actor say exactly?
That he pulled the lever for Obama because of his race.
In an interview with Ebony, Jackson said, “I voted for Barack because he’s 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 many times discussing Obama, telling the 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,” he said, referring to Joe Wilson’s famous outburst.
“A [bleep] would’ve stopped right there and said, ‘Who the f–k said that?’ I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, ‘cuz he ain’t gotta worry about getting re-elected.”
There you go. The only thing missing is a Snakes on a Plane reference.
Provocative word choice aside, Jackson’s point appears to be that some people vote based on race, and that Obama won because while he is black, he does not fit negative African-American stereotypes. For more on the subject, see Rock, Chris.