Samuel L. Jackson criticizes Joe Rogan for using the N-Word on a podcast
Actor Samuel L. Jackson criticizes Joe Rogan’s use of the N-word on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, where he’s said it more than 20 times.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson criticizes Joe Rogan’s repeated use of the N-word on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. Jackson is one of the most recognizable actors of his generation, and also the highest-grossing actor of all time. Sometimes it can seem hard to find a movie that Jackson hasn’t starred in, as he’s had roles in what seems like almost every defining movie since the start of his career, including Nick Fury in the MCU, Mace Windu in star wars, and, of course, appearing in the majority of Quentin Tarantino films. As a successful black actor, Jackson has used his influence over the years to frequently campaign for equal rights, as well as many other social issues.
Rogan, on the other hand, is no stranger to controversy. Throughout his stand-up, podcasting and TV career, he’s been known to make impassioned statements that he then has to go back and correct. Recently, Rogan was in the spotlight after recording artist India Arie shared a video compilation of every time Rogan used the N-word on his podcast. The Joe Rogan Experience. Sure, it would be shocking to hear a white person casually say that word just once, but the podcast giant has done it no less than twenty-two times across various episodes. This resulted in a lot of backlash for the creator from listeners and other celebrities, including Dwayne Johnson.
In a recent interview with the Sunday time (via AND Canada), Jackson himself joins the conversation about Rogan using the racial slur. His position on the matter is simple:[T]there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word.” He goes on to criticize Rogan’s excuse that listeners don’t understand the context in which he sits, as for Jackson, it’s not the context that matters, but “that he was comfortable doing it.” He concludes by saying that the only time it might be okay to say that word is if a story really calls it out, stating “a story is a context – but just to make people laugh? That’s wrong.” See his full quote below:
There’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, without speaking publicly on a podcast. He says no one understood the context when he said it. But he shouldn’t have said that. It’s not the context, man – it’s that he was comfortable doing it. Say you’re sorry because you want to keep your money, but you were having fun and say you did it because it was entertaining. It must be part of the story. A story is a context – but just for fun? It’s wrong.
Jackson’s take on a story providing context for the use of the N-word is not new, as he has stated so often when explaining Tarantino’s controversial and frequent use of the word in his scripts. To contrast with Rogan’s situation, he also told a story about the set of Django Unchained, in which actor Leonardo DiCaprio felt uncomfortable having to repeatedly say the N-Word. Jackson recalled that after DiCaprio expressed his reservations, Jackson simply told him, “you have to.” Still, Rogan didn’t have to.
Jackson’s point of view is absolutely justified – Rogan didn’t have to say the word at all on his podcast, and yet he said it more than twenty times. The comedian has since apologized for the remarks, although his apology has been somewhat criticized, as he almost immediately turned around and called the incident “political work” to The Joe Rogan Experience. He claimed he thought his fans would understand his faux pas, saying they would know he was just trying to be funny. Of course, as jackson pointed out, trying to be funny is not a real excuse.
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