Samuel L. Jackson does not accept Joe Rogan’s apology for using the n-word.
“He is saying nobody understood the context when he said it,” Jackson told Sunday 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.”
Jackson continued, “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.”
He then defended his longtime friend and collaborator Quentin Tarantino.
“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, it’s art. He’s an artiste. Quentin’s just a popcorn filmmaker,” Jackson said.
He went on, “While we were rehearsing Django Unchained, Leo said, ‘I don’t know if I can say ‘n*gger’ this many times.’ Me and Quentin said that you have to.”