“Captain Marvel” actor Samuel L. Jackson did not mince words in his condemnation of President Trump or his supporters in an interview with Esquire that included an expletive with practically every sentence.
According to the “Pulp Fiction” actor, Trump supporters are complicit in making the world a more dangerous place; he suggested they were ungrateful for the fact that President Obama tried to help him during his tenure.
“You’ve been vocal about Trump. A lot of people have their beliefs but are careful about stating them, because they don’t want to jeopardize their career,” Esquire said to Jackson. Jackson’s response:
I think we feel the same way that all of the motherf*****s that hated Obama felt for eight years. So they said all that s***. They put f***ing pictures up on the Internet of Michelle sitting with her legs crossed with a d*** hanging down. We feel the same way that they feel or they felt about Obama being the man, even though he wasn’t f***ing ruining their lives; he was trying to help their lives.
This motherf***** is like ruining the planet and all kinds of other crazy shit. And the people think that’s okay. It’s not f***ing okay. And if you’re not saying anything, then you’re complicit. And I wouldn’t give a f*** if I was a garbageman and I had a Twitter account; I’d tweet that s*** out. I’m not thinking about who I am and what my job is when I do that s***.
When Esquire asked Jackson if he worried about losing fans, the actor became increasingly flippant, admitting he does not care if people stop watching his movies due to his political activism. To those who would say “just shut up and act,” Jackson said that he is simply a human being expressing his opinions. Also, he said if health care is not readily available, his “rich a**” would have to take care of people in his family:
I know how many motherf***ers hate me. “I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.” F*** I care? If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. F*** you. Burn up my videotapes. I don’t give a f***. “You’re an actor. Stick to acting.” No, motherf***er. I’m a human being that feels a certain way. And some of this s*** does affect me, because if we don’t have health care, s***, and my relatives get sick, they’re going to call my rich a**. I want them to have health care. I want them to be able to take care of themselves. This is how I feel. And I count to one hundred some days before I hit “send,” because I know how that s*** is.
Earlier in the interview, Samuel L. Jackson likened President Trump, Mitch McConnell, and other Republicans to the segregationists he grew up under in the South.
“Trump and all those a**holes, Mitch McConnell. But they’re the same f***ing guys,” he said. “And when I hear their voices, I hear the same voices. Those twangs where they didn’t specifically call you ‘n****r,’ they said ‘nigra.’ ‘The nigras.’ There was no doubt about where they stood, that you were never going to be their equal and, if possible, they were going to make sure you never had as much s*** as they had.”
This statement echoes Jackson comparing President Trump to a plantation owner following Trump’s response to Spike Lee’s comments at the Oscars.