Is Samuel L. Jackson Racist Against British Black Men? Or Does He Have A Point?
Famed actor Samuel L. Jackson has recently come under fire for his critical comments against one black British actor that portrays an African American in the new highly acclaimed horror film ‘Get Out.’
The outcry from Britain was loud and soon Jackson was forced to better explain his comments by saying that they were directed at Hollywood and their system when hiring black actors, rather than toward British actors that did nothing but take the job.
“It was not a slam against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes,” Jackson said, according to the Associated Press.
Daniel Kaluuya, the actor that took on the film, which received 100 tomatoes on Rotten Tomatoes, said in an interview with GQ this week that he resents the fact that he has to prove that he’s black.
In the film, Kaluuya played Chris Washington, an African American man and the boyfriend of Rose, a white woman who is recruiting him in hopes that he will be able to become a slave for her family.
The film follows the couple’s visit to Rose’s parent’s house, which is a visit that leads to violence over their seemingly happy interracial relationship.
One critic called the film an “allegory on the horror of race in America.”
However, Mr. Jackson, who did say that he had not seen the film, initially told Hot 97: “I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American brother who really understands that. … Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. … What would a brother from America have made of that role?”
Added Jackson, “Some things are universal, but everything ain’t.”
Jackson’s comments drew this critique from Guardian columnist Gary Younge: “When it comes to the roles they are assigned in Hollywood, African American actors have every right to be aggrieved. Once depicted only as nannies, pimps, prostitutes, thieves, simpletons and savages, the possibilities have grown in recent times but the opportunities are nowhere near where they could or should be. But to aim that grievance at black British actors, as Samuel Jackson did earlier this week, is perverse in the extreme.”
told the Guardian that he didn’t want to go with a British actor “because the movie was so much about representation of the African American experience.”
“Early on, Daniel and I had a Skype session where we talked about this and I was made to understand how universal this issue is,” Peele said. “Once I’d wrapped my head around how universal these themes were, it became easy for me to pick Daniel, because at the end of the day, he was the best person for the role.”
So, what are your thoughts? Does Mr. Jackson have a point? Do you think African American black men are overlooked when it comes to mainstream films?
And why do you think Hollywood usually resorts to hiring men like Denzel Washington or Will Smith?
Comment below and tell us what you’re thinking.
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