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

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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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Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Changing up tone for diff audiences is one thing, but he can take it too far and come off as pandering and/or condescending. So SJ has a point...though not eloquently made ;)
stringtheory
by Gold Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM
I hadn't noticed a folksy speech...
Mommylovesdada
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM
I've always thought he tries too hard to be average. Its super unprofessional!
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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Quoting romalove:

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

Yes, and I don't think that he should. He should sound like the educated person that he is, no matter who he is addressing. 

Looking4Truth
by on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

 I agree with yourspecialkid.  There is nothing presidential about obama....nothing!

Mommabearbergh
by on Sep. 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM
He sound intelligent to me when he speaks. I have noticed when he speaks with a younger crowd he does what most older professors do and try to relate. I personally have three accents I use to talk to different people
canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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Everyone changes their manner of speaking depending on the audience. It's not always conscious, but it happens, particularly in one on one situations. You adopt the cadences, mannerisms (speaking with your hands for example) of the person you're speaking to/with.

I don't see how Obama dropping his G's is any better or worse than Jackson dropping F bombs all over the place. I'm also a fan of seeing beyond the office to the person, letting them be that person, and not expecting them to be more than the human they are.
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RandRMomma
by Maya on Sep. 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM
I agree. I actually like the fact that Obama tries to relate. It's appealing to me.

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.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Absolutely- In hc, you are actually taught to do so.

I once heard a surgeon addressing a pretty simple couple about their baby's need for a colostomy. He told them he was going to make a hole (he showed them where on the body) and that is where the "poo-poo" would come out.

In order to reach your audience and adequately communicate, you must taylor your vocab to that audience. 

Let's face it, Americans are not the most educated people on the planet-

Quoting canadianmom1974:

Everyone changes their manner of speaking depending on the audience. It's not always conscious, but it happens, particularly in one on one situations. You adopt the cadences, mannerisms (speaking with your hands for example) of the person you're speaking to/with.

I don't see how Obama dropping his G's is any better or worse than Jackson dropping F bombs all over the place. I'm also a fan of seeing beyond the office to the person, letting them be that person, and not expecting them to be more than the human they are.


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