Samuel L. Jackson dares interviewer to say the n-word
Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the FitFlop benefit ball to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation in London on August 5, 2011.
January 2nd, 2013
07:15 PM ET

Samuel L. Jackson dares interviewer to say the n-word

By Josh Stillman, EW

(EW.com) - No one knows how to make white men squirm quite like Samuel L. Jackson.

A post on Reddit last night has unearthed a prime example. Two weeks ago, the "Django Unchained" cast sat down with Jake Hamilton, host of Houston's Emmy-winning film show Jake's Takes, at a press junket.

Things went smoothly enough until Hamilton approached Jackson with a question about the movie's controversial use of the "n-word." Jackson insisted that Hamilton, who is white, say the word out loud; after Hamilton repeatedly refused, they moved on. It was uncomfortable.

"The most awkward moment was just seeing everyone in the room freeze, and waiting to see what my reaction was going to be," Hamilton says today.

The internet reaction has been mixed. Many commenters claim that Hamilton should have simply said the word, while others applaud the reporter for not caving to Jackson's demand. Hamilton says that his decision was in the best interest of the show and the network.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Diego

    Another example of how "minorities" bully by daring others to use vernaculars they themselves use quite frequently to describe themselves. This double standard only perpetuates racism, genderism, or any other "isms" and continues to be a derisive and devisive tear in community.

    January 14, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. dizzle

    "Say 'what' one more time...."

    January 12, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • LA Smith

      Thank you! You made me giggle!

      January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Whekpop

    What was that?? You dare don't....

    January 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Bash

    If you act like one I will say it everyday

    January 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |