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Samuel L. Jackson Says "Be F'ing Presidential!" In New Interview

Posted by on Sep. 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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http://www.eonline.com/news/462581/samuel-l-jackson-talks-to-playboy-about-sobriety-obama-sounding-like-joe-average

Samuel L. Jackson has some advice for President Barack Obama: act "f—king presidential."

In the October issue of Playboy, the Pulp Fiction star offered up a stinging critique of the Commander-in-Chief's folksy speaking style in front of black audiences—like routinely dropping the 'g's off the end of his words— all in an attempt to sound like "Joe Average."

"First of all, we know it ain't because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be f—king presidential," the 64-year-old Jackson griped to the magazine. "Look, I grew up in a society where I could say 'It ain't' or 'What it be' to my friends. But when I'm out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f—king conjugate."

Ouch!

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In the wide-ranging interview, Jackson also opened up about the substance abuse that plagued him during the 1980s and the lack of success that saw him take bit parts in TV and movies as he watched many of his colleagues like Wesley Snipes ascend the Hollywood ranks.

After a family intervention in 1990, the actor went to rehab after which his career took off when he played a crackhead in pal Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. The part earned him critical raves and an award at the Cannes Film Festival and he's been sober ever since—a fact of life that is just fine by him.

"What's it been now, 22 years or something?" Jackson wondered. "There's all kinds of s--t in my house that I've never tasted in my life, like Cristal—stuff I couldn't afford back when I was drinking. All I'd have to do is walk in the closet, open a beer and no one would know, but I know that I probably wouldn't stop at one beer. So I drink nonalcoholic beer. I'm not looking for the kick."

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On the ongoing feud between two of his most famous collaborators, Jackson said that while filming Lee's most recent flick, Oldboy, he never directly discussed with Spike the latter's criticism of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which saw the bald-pated thespian play "the most hated Negro character in cinema history."

"Spike saying 'I'm not going to see Django because it's an insult to my ancestors'? It's fine if you think that, but then you have nothing else to say about the movie, period, because you don't know if Quentin insulted your ancestors or not," added Jackson, who noted that unlike Lee other leaders in the African-American community, such as Louis Farrakhanand Dick Gregory, embraced the slave epic.

To read Jackson's full interview, visit Playboy.com.


^^^^  Any thoughts on this?

by on Sep. 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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romalove
by Roma on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Does anyone else agree with Mr. Jackson that the President speaks too "folksy" to some audiences and not others?

MsDenuninani
by Silver Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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I think Obama's a politican -- his tone will change depending on his audience.  

Honestly, the same thing happens to me.  My manner of speaking definitely changes depending on my comfort level and how I know I'll be received.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM


Quote:

 

"First of all, we know it ain't because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be f—king presidential," the 64-year-old Jackson griped to the magazine. "Look, I grew up in a society where I could say 'It ain't' or 'What it be' to my friends. But when I'm out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f—king conjugate."


No thoughts other than I F****N LOVE Samuel F****** Jackson

and this advice should be give to every F***** kid and F****** parent in the world!!!!

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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I do agree with him.  Yes the rest of us may talk differently depending on the group we are with but Obama is the President he should speak inteligently and not "folksy" to all audiences.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM


Quoting MsDenuninani:

I think Obama's a politican -- his tone will change depending on his audience.  

Honestly, the same thing happens to me.  My manner of speaking definitely changes depending on my comfort level and how I know I'll be received.

Interesting.

I don't know if I'm wired that way.  Sometimes it's to my detriment.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Quote:

 

"First of all, we know it ain't because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be f—king presidential," the 64-year-old Jackson griped to the magazine. "Look, I grew up in a society where I could say 'It ain't' or 'What it be' to my friends. But when I'm out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f—king conjugate."


No thoughts other than I F****N LOVE Samuel F****** Jackson

and this advice should be give to every F***** kid and F****** parent in the world!!!!

You don't say.  LOL

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM


Quoting Peanutx3:

I do agree with him.  Yes the rest of us may talk differently depending on the group we are with but Obama is the President he should speak inteligently and not "folksy" to all audiences.

Thanks for your response.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

 I  don't think people who talk "folksy" arent intelligent..

Quoting Peanutx3:

I do agree with him.  Yes the rest of us may talk differently depending on the group we are with but Obama is the President he should speak inteligently and not "folksy" to all audiences.

 

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I don't think so either but it can come of as unintelligent at times. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 I  don't think people who talk "folksy" arent intelligent..

Quoting Peanutx3:

I do agree with him.  Yes the rest of us may talk differently depending on the group we are with but Obama is the President he should speak inteligently and not "folksy" to all audiences.

 



Della529
by Matlock on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

 LOL, y'all might have a fit with me in the number of ways I present when speakin'  ;-)

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