Samuel L. Jackson is continuing his quest to be bleeped on every television screen in the nation. The A-lister, who recently dropped the f-bomb on national television, tried to bring down an unsuspecting victim along with him this time – by trying to get said victim to say the N-word on camera.
Sounds like a setup.
While doing press for his new movie, Django Unchained, Jackson was questioned by a reporter named Jake Hamilton about the role the N-word played in the movie. Django Unchained has received some criticism for its use of the word, and certain people (i.e. Spike Lee) have said they were boycotting the film.
After pretending not to know what N-word that Hamilton was talking about (“No. Nobody. None… The word would be?…”), Jackson then flipped the script by asking Hamilton to say the word himself, telling him:
“We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it….it’s [not] a great question if you can’t say the word.”
A very uncomfortable Hamilton refused Jackson’s request, saying:
“I don’t want to say it.”
This went on for a few rounds before Hamilton gave up and decided to move on to another topic.
But not before touching on an already “touchy” subject in our country. While Jackson may have been trying to take the “power” out of the N-word with his attempts to make Hamilton say it (much like rapper Nas did when he tried to title is 9th album N—-r), was he in the right? Or do you think he did more harm than good?
Watch the video below and let us know what you think! (The exchange begins at the 13:54 mark.)