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.