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The last person you’d think of to criticize the President’s speaking pattern? The actor who is famous for his delivery of the F word. Still, Samuel Jackson made his opinion known on what he believes are shortcomings in Obama’s speech.

In Playboy Magazine, he criticizes Obama, and other public figures, for incorporating slang to try to relate to the “ordinary man.” He said:

“First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to “relate.”  Be a leader. Be f**king presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f**king conjugate.”

Obama’s not the only offender. Samuel L. Jackson has words for a white man talking to black people, screenwriters and people who mention him on Twitter:

“The other day I’m watching this white guy talking to black people on TV, and all of a sudden he’s saying stuff like “Pump your brakes” and “I got you,” these new politically cool terms that kind of came out of hip-hop and blackness. I’m thinking, We do still speak English, right? Though sometimes I wonder. So yeah, it still happens. But the whole language and culture are different now. I’ll be reading scripts and the screenwriter mistakes “your” for “you’re.” On Twitter someone will write, ‘Your an idiot,’ and I’ll go, ‘No, you’re an idiot,’ and all my Twitterphiles will go, ‘Hey, Sam Jackson, he’s the grammar police.’ I’ll take that. Somebody needs to be. I mean, we have newscasters who don’t even know how to conjugate verbs… how the f**k did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable?”

Does he have a point about code-switching in high profile positions? Do you agree with his assessment of President Obama’s speech?

We all know his point about “your” and “you’re” rings true…on Twitter atleast.

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  • DonLemon

    Now Don Lemon has jumped on Samuel Jackson’s rant and is now supporting him. Maybe, Don is jocking to get Samuel Jackson on CNN so they can both continue to bad-mouth the President. As I said before; it will be Black men who will continue to carry the water for white men to discredit out President. Tavis Smiley, Cornell West, Bill Cosby and now Samuel L Jackson; a list of others who I can’t remember right now.

  • did anyone see django? even an unknown actor could have “shuffled” his way through this famous actor’s performance. mr.jackson and i use the term “mr.” lightly, surely you did not need the money. what may i ask would a seasoned actor like yourself, agree to stoop to accepting the “coveted” role of house negro. try supporting your black president instead of being that crab in the bucket. shame on you!!!!

  • Nyala

    It is the president’s job to relate. If he doesn’t, then he will appear to high-class, to stiff-necked, and to haughty to persuade the people who voted for him in the first place. (after all, aren’t we a country that believes in “turning nothing into something?”)

    Anyhoo, Samuel L. Jackson plays a lot of stereotypical black roles. I can understand why he wants to speak cultured, because he doesn’t want people to think he acts in real life as he is portrayed on screen (even though it is a given trope that he has quite a sailor’s mouth – which to me, seems completely hypocritical to slander our president’s name when he can’t even control his own mouth but….)

    As I digress, I can understand his point…but he (i.e. we) needs to remember that if the people can’t relate to the president….then…it may as well be seen as a monarchy to some extent right?