Samuel L. Jackson Rejects Premise Of Joe Rogan’s N-Word Apology
It’s often said that we Black folks are too forgiving of those who violate the tenets of our dignity, intelligence, and humanity. Following a police shooting or brutality case, we will groan and cringe when the families of victims forgive the fatal offender. “Why do we always have to turn the other cheek?”, many will ask. Well, if you are one of those folks who lament our inexplicable ability to absolve our enemies, this one is for you.
“He is saying nobody understood the context when he said it,” Jackson told The Times in a recently published interview, reportedly rolling his eyes as he said it. “But he shouldn’t have said it.”
He went on:
“It’s not the context, dude — it’s that he was comfortable doing it,” he told The Times. “Say that you’re sorry because you want to keep your money, but you were having fun and you say you did it because it was entertaining.”Jackson added that “It needs to be an element of what the story is about. A story is context — but just to elicit a laugh? That’s wrong.”
“Me and Quentin said that you have to. Every time someone wants an example of overuse of the n-word, they go to Quentin — it’s unfair,” Jackson said. “He’s just telling the story and the characters do talk like that. When [fellow director] Steve McQueen does it, it’s art. He’s an artiste. Quentin’s just a popcorn filmmaker.”