Captain Marvel actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hated on President Donald Trump as well as detractors who are critical of his political opinions.
In an interview with Esquire, Jackson was not afraid to get political and speak his mind. Jackon openly discusses how he was radicalized at Morehouse College and that he began “dropping acid” with Ken Kesey. The story also reveals Jackson had “joined forces with H. Rap Brown and others in a scheme to steal white people’s credit cards and use them to stockpile weapons for what he thought was an inevitable race war.”
However, he begins to talk about President Trump when interviewer Carvell Wallace he’s asked if he felt angry growing up in segregation. Jackson responds:
“I don’t think I was ever angry about it. I’m angrier now about it than I was then just because I see these guys and I know these are the same guys: Trump and all those assholes, Mitch McConnell. But they’re the same fucking guys. And when I hear their voices, I hear the same voices. Those twangs where they didn’t specifically call you “n*****,” 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 shit as they had. And they were worried about the chasteness of their women, and miscegenation, and not having enough of them, there being more of us than there are of them.”
Wallace would later ask a pointed question about Jackson’s political stance toward President Trump. He bluntly responded:
“I think we feel the same way that all of the motherf****** that hated Obama felt for eight years. So they said all that shit. They put f****** pictures up on the Internet of Michelle sitting with her legs crossed with a dick hanging down. We feel the same way that they feel or they felt about Obama being the man, even though he wasn’t f****** 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****** 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 shit out. I’m not thinking about who I am and what my job is when I do that shit.”
Jackson was then asked if he worries about antagonizing fans with his political opinions.
“I know how many motherf****** 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*****. I’m a human being that feels a certain way.” And some of this shit does affect me, because if we don’t have health care, shit, and my relatives get sick, they’re going to call my rich ass. 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 shit is.”
Maybe one of the more interesting questions asked was how Jackson reconciles once being a radical who stockpiled weapons for a race war to now doing commercials for Capital One.
“I’m the same cat. I still got my politics. I still have my anger. But I can’t regulate a bank. I can’t deregulate a bank. I can’t do any of that. It’s been a great revenue stream right now. And because I have that revenue, we’re able to have our names on the f****** wall of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We’re able to give money to the Children’s Defense Fund. We’re able to dig a well in Africa. But I don’t run around with a film crew and say, “Show everybody what I’m doing.” I just do what I do. It’s not like we’re just building up a stack of cash somewhere for whatever’s going to happen. They might wake up tomorrow and decide that money ain’t the thing. Then what? Everybody you work for you can have a beef with, especially in this business that I’m in, because it ain’t the studios no more; it’s corporations. I’m working with corporations. And all those motherf****** got issues. But we do what we can. We understand our responsibility. We understand from a revolutionary standpoint what we came from, and what’s going on in the world, and what can we do to make the world a better place or to make the world a better place for a specific group of people that need betterment in that way.”
As you can tell from the interview with Esqurie, Jackson isn’t afraid to express his political opinions. During the latest midterm elections Jackson worked with an organization called Swing Left where he appeared in a political campaign ad for Democrat Angie Crag. Jackson was cleaning up cat litter in the ad.
Jackson has also been outspoken in his criticism of President Trump. He called the President’s popular Make America Great Again slogan a trip through “memory hell.” More recently he said President Trump has “a big plantation” when he was asked about Trump’s criticism of Spike Lee’s Oscar speech.
What do you think of Jackson’s comments, especially towards fans who might disagree with his political viewpoints?