Hollywood actors have history of making ridiculous statements. Some hide behind the veil of ‘activism’ and others use their constant access to the media as a soapbox to spew misguided opinions and outright hatred.
“The Hateful Eight” director Quentin Tarantino got into hot water recently for his outrageous statements in which he called police officers “murderers.” It seems that some of Tarantino’s hatred rubbed off on at least one of his actors.
Samuel L. Jackson was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter about “The Hateful Eight.” However, the interview turned into a rambling session in which the actor let his true colors out. Jackson was asked about the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino. His response wasn’t about the horrific nature of the attacks nor the people that carried out the attacks. Instead, Jackson expressed disappointment that the attackers weren’t white. “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, shit. It's here. And it's here in another kind of way," Jackson said.
Jackson’s runaway train of racism didn’t stop with his view of white people, instead he added fuel to his racist remarks by trying to make both Muslims and black people out to be victims in this case. “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. And they become the new young black men,” Jackson said.
Later on in the interview, Jackson comes full circle and says something that makes sense of all the other head-scratching statements he gave in the interview. "I'm forever a Democrat, you know, and I'm gonna vote for Hillary,” Jackson said, “I mean, I love Bernie — Bernie's a man of the people — but he can't win. So I gotta cast my vote for a person that can keep those other people from winning, okay? Not to mention, you know, Hillary kinda knows the job, she can hit the ground running.”
Jackson reminds us once again that just because the paparazzi fawns over celebrities and hangs on every word they say, it doesn’t mean that they know what they are talking about or are influenced by reason.