Things take an interesting turn when Emmy Award-winner Jake Hamilton (pictured above left) interviews the cast of the controversial Quentin Tarantino (pictured above right) film “Django Unchained” and Mr. F-Bomb himself Samuel L. Jackson refuses to answer a question unless Hamilton says the N-word.
“There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the N-word in this movie…” Hamilton begins.
“No, nobody, none,” Jackson asks with a straight face, “the word would be…?”
Flashing a nervous grin, Hamilton attempts to dodge the question and Jackson is clearly not trying to hear it. The following is a partial transcription of the exchange that takes place in the video below.
HAMILTON: “I don’t want to say it.”
JACKSON: “Why not?”
HAMILTON: “I don’t like to say it.”
JACKSON: “Have you ever said it?’
HAMILTON: “No, sir.”
JACKSON: “Try it.”
HAMILTON: “I don’t like to say it.”
JACKSON: “TRY IT!”
HAMILTON: “Really, seriously…”
JACKSON: “We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it.”
[Uncomfortable pause as Hamilton weighs the risk of saying the N-word]
JACKSON: “You want to move on to another question?”
HAMILTON: “OK, awesome!”
[When Jackson laughs at his nervousness, Hamilton reiterates that he doesn’t like saying it — even though he claims to have never said it before.]
HAMILTON: “I don’t like… I don’t want to say it.”
JACKSON: “Oh, come on!”
HAMILTON: “Will you say it?”
JACKSON: “No, f*ck no. That’s not the same thing.”
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After more cajoling by Jackson to get Hamilton to say the word n*gger, Hamilton finally says that the interview won’t air if he says it — but he promises that it was a great question. Jackson tells him that it wasn’t that great of a question if he can’t say the word.
See entire video below [Samuel L. Jackson segment begins at 13:55]:
Hamilton shared his feelings about the moment on Twitter:
Just had an incredibly awkward moment with Samuel L Jackson where he tried to get me to say the N-word and I refused. I just won't say it.—
Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) December 15, 2012
After the exchange made the front page of Reddit.com, users flocked to Twitter to congratulate Hamilton for standing his ground against Jackson’s insistence that he say the word.
@JakesTakes I like how you wouldn't let Samuel Jackson force you to say the "N" word! ;)—
Bekah (@BekahTweetz) January 02, 2013
margaret hooper (@missmargarita11) January 02, 2013
As previously reported by NewsOne, Director Spike Lee says that the film is “disrespectful to [his] ancestors” so he won’t be supporting it.
Comedian Katt Williams, who frequently uses the word himself, said that Tarantino doesn’t get a pass:
Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of Ni**adom and nobody knows where he got his pass from. I hope he didn’t get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx ’cause they aren’t going to help you when I see you.
Quentin Tarantino is no Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg doesn’t wanna be black, Quentin Tarantino thinks he is. So when he meets a real ni**a, we’ll see if he is or not.
According to various reports, the word n*gger is used over 100 times in the film.
We currently have a request out to Hamilton to find out just what was the question that Jackson wouldn’t allow him to ask.
The fact that Hamilton was so extremely uncomfortable saying it — even in the face of heavy insistence by Jackson — might have been the perfect answer to whatever question he could have possibly conceived.
In fact, the shifting racial paradigm and exchange of power in those few minutes revealed several layers about race in America.
Well played, Sam.