“He is saying nobody understood the context when he said it. But he shouldn’t have said it,” the Pulp Fiction star told The Times of London.
In the wake of aging rocker Neil Young pulling his music off streamer Spotify over claims of “disinformation,” singer India Arie removed her music over Rogan’s use of the N-word on his podcast, which she compiled a supercut of for social media.
“There’s been a lot of s–t from the old episodes of the podcast that I wish I hadn’t said,” Rogan apologized on Instagram. “I know that to most people, there’s no context where a White person is ever allowed to say that, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that.”
Jackson doesn’t care about his reasoning, and believes Rogan apologized to keep his $100 million Spotify deal.
“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 countered.
“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 continued.
The Snakes on a Plane star gave an example of using the word in context, which is what he thinks director Quentin Tarantino managed to do in Pulp Fiction, and their other collaboration Django Unchained.
He recalled that star Leonardo DiCaprio complained about using the word during rehearsals, and was uncomfortable with how many times his character said the slur in the script.
“Me and Quentin said that you have to. Every time someone wants an example of overuse of the n-word, they go to Quentin — it’s unfair,” Jackson said.
“He’s just telling the story and the characters do talk like that. When [fellow director] Steve McQueen does it, it’s art. He’s an artiste. Quentin’s just a popcorn filmmaker.”