Samuel L. Jackson is the latest personality to join in on the Joe Rogan controversy. Rogan, 54, has been facing accusations of racism after a concentrated effort to cancel him for a years old compilation of him using racially insensitive terms was taken out of context.
For this, Rogan apologized. I’m making this video to talk about the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly. There’s a video that’s out, that’s a compilation of me saying the N word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me have 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together. And it looks f–king horrible, even to me. Now, I know that to most people, there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, nevermind publicly on a podcast. And I agree with that. Now, I haven’t said it in years. But for a long time, when I would bring that word up, like if it would come up in conversation and stain, instead of saying the N word, I would just say the word I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing. ”
The compilation itself is pretty damning:
(16) Joe saying the word “nigger” over and over, for years in different contexts. The context that matters most, we should now realize however, is that this is a White man saying the word over and over, & a White man who believes the worst stereotypes of Africa & Africans. pic.twitter.com/rMTaOggzUn
— Elias Cepeda (@EliasCepeda) January 27, 2022
But Rogan insists it was all in context. This latest controversy brought a lot of negative attention to his family – he even had to hire a tea of elite armed bodyguards to safeguard against media.
Rogan is notoriously private and has been photographed along his wife and daughters a handful of times over the years. The family relocated to Texas from their LA home sometime in 2020. Rogan married wife Jessica Ditzel back in 2009 and adopted her daughter from a previous marriage.
Ditzel was previously married to musician Dino Connor. He was the lead singer of R & B Group H-Town.
But prestigious actor Samuel L. Jackson isn’t quite as ready to take his apology.
“He is saying nobody understood the context when he said it,” Jackson explained to The Times. “But he shouldn’t have said it. It’s not the context, dude — it’s that he was comfortable doing it. Say that you’re sorry because you want to keep your money, but you were having fun and you say you did it because it was entertaining.”
Oddly enough, Jackson excuses the use of a racial slur from shock jock director Quentin Tarantino.
“It needs to be an element of what the story is about. A story is context — but just to elicit a laugh? That’s wrong,” Jackson said. “Every time someone wants an example of overuse of the N-word, they go to Quentin — it’s unfair. He’s just telling the story and the characters do talk like that. When Steve McQueen does it [with ’12 Years a Slave’], it’s art. He’s an artiste. Quentin’s just a popcorn filmmaker.”
Jackson added, “While we were rehearsing ‘Django Unchained,’ Leo [DiCaprio] said, ‘I don’t know if I can say ‘n*****’ this many times.’ Me and Quentin said that you have to.”
But perhaps Jackson isn’t as harsh on Tarantino because he owes much of his career to the success he had starring in 1994 Oscar winner ‘Pulp fiction’. Following the flick Jackson had somewhat of a career renaissance. This isn’t the first time Jackson has stuck by Tarantino either – he also called bs on these accusations against Tarantino in 2019.
“You can’t just tell a writer he can’t talk, write the words, put the words in the mouths of the people from their ethnicities, the way that they use their words,” Jackson said. “You cannot do that, because then it becomes an untruth; it’s not honest. It’s just not honest.”