LOS ANGELES ‚Äď Samuel L. Jackson has some words of wisdom for President Obama when it comes to his deliberate dropping of ‚Äúg‚Äôs‚ÄĚ off the ends of words to seemingly sound like Joe Average.
‚ÄúFirst of all, we know it ain‚Äôt because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to ‚Äėrelate.‚Äô Be a leader. Be f**king presidential,‚ÄĚ Jackson told Playboy magazine. ‚ÄúLook, I grew up in a society where I could say ‚ÄėIt ain‚Äôt‚Äô or ‚ÄėWhat it be‚Äô to my friends. But when I‚Äôm out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family what cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f**king conjugate.‚ÄĚ
The 64-year-old actor, who stars this fall in the highly-anticipated remake of ‚ÄúOldboy,‚ÄĚ is also known in social media circles as the ‚Äúgrammar police.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOn Twitter someone will write, ‚ÄėYour an idiot,‚Äô and I‚Äôll go, ‚ÄėNo, you‚Äôre an idiot,‚Äô and all my Twitterphiles will go, ‚ÄėHey, Sam Jackson, he‚Äôs the grammar police.‚Äô I‚Äôll take that,‚ÄĚ he continued. ‚ÄúSomebody needs to be. I mean, we have newscasters who don‚Äôt even know how to conjugate verbs, something Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow never had problems with. How the f**k did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable.‚ÄĚ
Raised in Tennessee, Jackson went on to note that he‚Äôs finally proud to acknowledge his Southern roots, and how his strict family upbringing put him in good stead.
‚ÄúLooking back, I love the South so much, even though there was a time when I didn‚Äôt feel so proud of being from there. The sense of community there is unheard of in this day and age. The idea that it takes a village to raise a child‚ÄĒit works,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThe one thing my family insisted on was, don‚Äôt embarrass us. Don‚Äôt make us come to jail, because though we will come to see you, we‚Äôre going to leave you there. It just wasn‚Äôt an option for me. I was more afraid of the people I lived with than the people I ran with.‚ÄĚ
The famed actor also staunchly defended director Quentin Tarantino‚Äôs controversial use of the ‚ÄúN‚ÄĚ word in last year‚Äôs hit ‚ÄúDjango Unchained.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThese 20-somethings can‚Äôt turn around and tell me the word n**ger is f**ked-up in ‚ÄėDjango‚Äô yet still listen to Jay Z or whoever else say ‚Äėn**ger, n**ger, n**ger‚Äô throughout the music they listen to,‚ÄĚ he told the men‚Äôs magazine. ‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt have it one way and not the other. Saying Tarantino said ‚Äėn**ger‚Äô too many times is like complaining they said ‚Äėkike‚Äô too many times in a movie about Nazis.‚ÄĚ
However, there are a couple of things he says won‚Äôt do onscreen ‚Äď not even for his buddy Tarantino. Maybe.
‚ÄúProbably dress up as a woman and kiss another guy. I don‚Äôt think people want to see me do that,‚ÄĚ Jackson added. ‚ÄúHe hasn‚Äôt asked me, but you know what? If it‚Äôs done right and the story is good, I might.‚ÄĚ