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Samuel L. Jackson demands interviewer use N-word

Samuel L. Jackson demanded a white interviewer use the N-word during an interview about the movie “Django Unchained.” The awkward interchange is below.

“There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the usage of the N-word in this movie,” Houston film critic and producer Jake Hamilton begins in the video clip at the 13:56 mark.

“No? Nobody? None?” Jackson responds. “The word would be…?”

“I don’t want to say it,” Hamilton says.

“Why not?” Jackson asks.

“I don’t like to say it,” Hamilton says.

“Have you ever said it?” Jackson asks, picking up the pace.

“No, sir,” says Hamilton, looking more uncomfortable by the second.

“Try it,” Jackson urges.

“I don’t like to say it,” Hamilton pleads.

“TRY IT!” commands Jackson, beginning to sound like his character in “Pulp Fiction.”

“Really? Seriously?” asks Hamilton, now looking off camera, perhaps hoping someone can step in and help.

“We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it,” Jackson states.

Hamilton pauses.

“You want to move onto another question?” Jackson mercifully offers.

“Awesome,” a relieved Hamilton says. Jackson cracks up.

Here’s the clip below, which we first saw on the Paste web site.

99 comments Add your comment

MoFaux

January 2nd, 2013
3:58 pm

Samuel L. Jackson = awesome.

Mike B.

January 2nd, 2013
4:02 pm

This is a hate crime, and I hope Samuel Jackson is prosecuted to the fullest.

DBCOOPER

January 2nd, 2013
4:03 pm

Samual L Jackson = no class

Get It Right

January 2nd, 2013
4:04 pm

…and if Jake Hamilton had said “The Word”, he would have been branded as a racist bigot and run out of town on a rail.

Tawna

January 2nd, 2013
4:04 pm

The Jackson family… SMDH. Just because they WAS related to the king of pop, they think they can do ANYTHING!

mambo

January 2nd, 2013
4:05 pm

I don’t understand Jake’s reluctance to use “the word”, but I know if I was to spell it out, the ajc would mark it out with asterisks. Like this ******.

HaHaHa

January 2nd, 2013
4:15 pm

Samuel Jackson… What a cool dude! Realize how old Samuel Jackson is. He is pushing 70. You can’t get these old dudes from the Cival Rights era to compromise that often :)

WAR EAGLE

January 2nd, 2013
4:20 pm

why shouldn’t everyone use the word? we’ve gotten too PC. now midgets don’t want to be called what they are. they want to be called Elves! lets call a spade a spade and an N an N!

grachel

January 2nd, 2013
4:21 pm

WORST movie I have every seen…the N word was used one million times….NOT cool…very upsetting…violence is something we need to get away from…even to show that type of behavior on a human being was terrible!!!! money is NOT everything!!!!!!!

In the Dark

January 2nd, 2013
4:34 pm

Please remember the word was used every day, all day by white people speaking, yelling, beating, berating, kicking ,raping, killing, hanging, whipping, hurting and everything else that they did to us. So the word has to be used, if it was not, the movie would have been fake. Believe that.

RAMZAD

January 2nd, 2013
4:35 pm

One of the few American males who have not been confined to wearing panties and talking out the side of his neck.

John Cable

January 2nd, 2013
4:42 pm

Will not see the movie now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J-J

January 2nd, 2013
4:45 pm

You can say the N word all day long…but let’s be real that is one word that we will never let die

Captain Midnight

January 2nd, 2013
4:49 pm

Jake Hamilton was being completely baited by this old racist. He didn’t bite, and that’s why Sammie starts getting pi$$ed.

Matt the Brave

January 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

Tawna, Samuel L.’s not related to Michael Jackson. He’s from Chattanooga.

Matt the Brave

January 2nd, 2013
5:06 pm

Also, Sam Jackson is a BAMF.

Emma

January 2nd, 2013
5:25 pm

#factcheck @ grachel the N-word was not used a million times in the movie…it was used 152 times…IJS

Fred ™

January 2nd, 2013
5:26 pm

Really Jennifer? A SEVENTEEN MINUTE FORTY SIX SECOND video? Do you really think anyone who commented had the attention span to actually WATCH the video before they commented? I know that while I had the attention span I didn’t have the TIME.

How am I supposed to comment on something I didn’t see. You couldn’t have had someone edit that down for you to just the relevant part?

Oh and Happy New Year. Hope you have a great year.

Emma

January 2nd, 2013
5:27 pm

Idiot! Samuel Jackson is not related to Michael Jackson…are you kidding me???? Thanks Matt the Brave for the clarification…where do these people come from:

@Matt the Brave = What does BAMF mean?

Fred ™

January 2nd, 2013
5:29 pm

Matt the Brave

January 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

Tawna, Samuel L.’s not related to Michael Jackson. He’s from Chattanooga.
++++++++++++++++++++

Really Matt? You REALLY thought that “Tawna” is that stupid? It never occurred to you that maybe some racist prick wrote that pretending to be “a stupid N-word?” Naw, that would NEVER happen………..

Jake

January 2nd, 2013
5:30 pm

I’m more offended when my Black people use it . . .which they do constantly. Even while growing up I was called a n***** by my own. And the young people of today use it constantly in social media.

Emma

January 2nd, 2013
5:31 pm

@Fred…with a name like Tawna…it’s possible…IJS

team ti

January 2nd, 2013
5:35 pm

WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL- HERE WE GO SAYS THE JOKER!

woodrow

January 2nd, 2013
5:58 pm

I’m not going to watch this violent stupid racist movie. Not after reading this.

marco

January 2nd, 2013
6:06 pm

You tell ‘em Samuel. Either say a word or don;t, but we are not little children. DOn;t give us this BS like “the N word”, “the F word” etc. Works ok for the little ones, but adults don’t talk that way with each other.

Wes

January 2nd, 2013
6:16 pm

So War Eagle you wouldn’t mind if I used the B-Word or the C-Word to describe you? And since you are so big and bad,try using the N-Word in person and not just on your computer

My2

January 2nd, 2013
6:38 pm

Waahhhh.. violence, violence, bap bap bap…

Where’s the problem? Is it because Tarentino had the gall to show it inflicted upon White people, who SYSTEMATICALLY brutalized Blacks during slavery, on through and up until the 60’s??

SLJ is only putting it into the context of the subject matter of the movie, and there is much to be said about his wanting to lift the veil. That’s “America’s” problem. It refuses to deal with its racial history on an honest, open, and INTELLECTUAL level. This will be its downfall, which has already begun and is in full view today unless it changes.

richard

January 2nd, 2013
7:06 pm

i’m from chattanooga,tenn, same side of town, this guy is a nut. never cared for him before he became famous.lived there before he was there(old school). would not spend a penney to see him.

Brian Smyrna

January 2nd, 2013
7:09 pm

I am amazed at the article and the responses. Jennifer Britt is an idiot. It was clear to me after watching the video that Jackson was messing with the reporter. Was he baiting him a little? Sure. But, that was not him “demanding” he used the word. I was expecting something completely different after reading this article. Such sad commentary.

For these ignorant posters that are saying that Jackson is racist because of this video are just the typical mindless posters that like to take shots at anybody they can’t relate to. For those that are so offended by the use of the N-word grow up. This is a Tarantino film, he is known to push the limits. This also not a documentary on slavery. This is ridiculous.

Jake from state farm

January 2nd, 2013
7:10 pm

I would have said it. It’s JUST a word. They use it daily. But then again, I’m a cracker.

OneFreeMan

January 2nd, 2013
7:18 pm

He has no shame and he’s not the only one. Many “African” Americans enjoy saying the word and having the word said to them and at the same time want to pretend to be “down with the brothers”. Self hating at its worse. Had this guy went a long and said it, every “African” American morning show would have replayed it on the hour every hour.

Sellouts.

Old timer

January 2nd, 2013
7:27 pm

Inappropriate…

NoMoreKim

January 2nd, 2013
7:28 pm

@Fred….With just a little effort you can hold your mouse over the sliding bar and see where Samuel Jackson’s part of the video starts. I have a short attention span and managed to figure it out and here I am commenting!? Amazing isn’t it?

Oh and Happy New Year. Hope you have a great year.

poof!!!

January 2nd, 2013
7:38 pm

The word is a double edged sword. If he would have said it some blacks would be offended. These are some of the same blacks who are constantly using that word at every turn. They say they can say it but act offended when a white person says it. The context that Samuel Jackson wanted the reporter to use the word was alright to me. I just hate hearing black people throwing it around all willy nilly.

Jennifer Brett

January 2nd, 2013
8:04 pm

Everyone: in the interest of full disclosure I want to alert you that I have edited the comment posted by “Jake” above, to remove the entire word he used. I think you can probably figure out what it was. I generally do not edit posts but we did get a request to address it given the word that was used. Editing the comment above allowed his overall point to remain while removing the offensive word.

Jennifer

notaracist

January 2nd, 2013
8:42 pm

Well, I did not watch the video. But, I believe Sam J. wanted the interviewer to say the word simply because it is said in the movie. It was not as if, the interviewer was calling Sam J. an “N”, he was simply trying to get the interviewer to say what is said in the move. A movie that is about slavery, in which everyone knows blacks were referred to Ns during that time. And let us be honest. Some blacks still refer to themselves this way, although they say it means something different. And further being honest, some whites amongst their peers, still refer to blacks in this manner. I however, think the interviewer was smart to not allow himself to be bated by SJ. And personally, I do not care for the word. Regardless of what race I hear using it, it sounds like someone scratching their nails on a chalk board.

BettyBoop

January 2nd, 2013
9:26 pm

HaHaHa, exactly what are “cival” rights?

BettyBoop

January 2nd, 2013
9:31 pm

In my opinion, Samuel Jackson is childish. It was a stupid question, and an ignorant answer.

Rick James

January 2nd, 2013
9:40 pm

It was a lose lose situation for Mr Hamilton and Samuel L. Jackson knew it..At least he was honest enough to say I dont like it instead of “I never ever use that word” Then Samuel would have roasted him.

Rational1

January 2nd, 2013
9:59 pm

I am glad that the interviewer was smart enough not to be baited into this unnecessary act by Mr. Jackson. Similarly, if the interviewer had never had a beer and Samuel attempted to make him drink a beer at the interview, should he have done so? No! That was very childish on Samuel’s part. Most respectful, educated people have an IQ level that easily allows them to find another adjective to utilize in their conversation, in place of the “n” word and if lesser respectful people would do the same, the word would become extinct!

Jake

January 2nd, 2013
10:25 pm

Good catch Jennifer and I owe you an apology . . .as I stated earlier I am offended more by being called that by my own people. Some spell it a bit different but it’s a major disrespect toward our own. The young Blacks of today have no idea the pain the word has caused. No idea at all . . . how can they when some of their own parents have used it when addressing them?

Side note . . . never cared for SLJackson . . .different movies but always the same character.

I saw the movie and I liked it. I am a child of the 60s and that word does not define me.

Jake

January 2nd, 2013
10:27 pm

PS . . .Jennifer . . .I’m a girl.

David D.

January 2nd, 2013
11:19 pm

You mad Sammy?

You stupid thug punk.

David D.

January 2nd, 2013
11:20 pm

Sammy,

Come to Georgia …………. Come on. You will more than the word fool.

David D.

January 2nd, 2013
11:22 pm

I say it Sammy……..all the time.
What chu gonna do about it? cry?

Punk

Matt the Brave

January 2nd, 2013
11:27 pm

Emma, I can’t put the entire saying on here, but it’s Bad-Arse Mutha…

Bloodbike

January 2nd, 2013
11:35 pm

1) I wish the word would die.

2) Great movie, use of the word in the movie was appropriate for the time period.

3) Samuel was wrong as dirt to put the interview on the spot like he did. Not the most professional thing to do.

4) I think the word has lost a great deal of its power over the years. In another 30 years it will not be used to designate a race of people, but an individual more than not. Just saying.

5) It was a great movie, don’t let anyone one keep you from seeing it, judge it yourself.

Jimmy

January 3rd, 2013
12:37 am

Funny, it’s perfectly all right for Samuel or any other black person to use it…

Bloodbike

January 3rd, 2013
3:26 am

The word is hateful and shouldn’t be used in normal conversation. If you are going to use it, I would advice that is on the receiving end actually deserves to be describe as such and 2nd that you are prepared for the response from those who hear you use it. Bad are good, be prepared.

Bloodbike

January 3rd, 2013
3:28 am

“I would advice that whomever is on the receiving end…..”