An interview with Samuel L. Jackson took a turn for the unexpected when Jackson tried to get the interviewer to use the n-word before he would answer a question. The interviewer did not take the bait, but the question about the slur's liberal use in “Django Unchained” remains.
A two-week-old video of the Samuel L. Jackson interview has become a hit on the Internet. Jackson was doing press rounds and being interviewed in the leadup to the release of “Django Unchained.” The movie is a hit for Quentin Tarantino, but many have weighed in on its use of the “n-word." The word is used frequently by white and black characters, in every manner possible.
Jackson was being interviewed by Jake Hamilton for “Jake’s Takes,” a segment about movies that airs in Houston on Fox 26's "Morning News Extra." Even before the film’s release there was controversy about the word. When Hamilton broached the subject, Jackson would not let him go any further. He tried to prompt to say the word before he would answer.
Spoiler alert, Hamilton does not say the word and moves on to another question. Speaking to CNN, Hamilton said that Jackson, “doesn't suffer any fools, and he's the kind of guy I feel like I have to step up my game as a reporter.” The video has gained traction due to the high profile criticism, and support, of “Django Unchained.”
Black directors Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua have come down on opposite sides on “Django Unchained.” In an interview with Vibe, Lee said he refuses to see the movie and said on Twitter, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.“
Fuqua, director of “Training Day,” defended Tarantino, saying he does not believe the director is racist nor would Jamie Foxx, a friend, participate in a film that would be considered racist. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Fuqua said, “"I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak about it specifically, but we’re supposed to find some truth in films and if you set a film in the 1850s, you’re going to hear the word 'nigger,' because that’s the way they spoke then, and you’re going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality.”
Most recently, Katt Williams announced denounced the usage of the “n-word” in “Django Unchained.” Speaking to TMZ, Williams said, “Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of Ni**adom and nobody knows where he got his pass from. I hope he didn't get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx cause they aren't going to help you when I see you.”
You can watch the Samuel L. Jackson interview below.