It would seem that liberal black actors would celebrate the success of a film like Get Out. It tackles racism, and was written, directed, and stars black people.
Yet, Samuel L. Jackson still found a problem with it. He cited that the film’s star Daniel Kaluuya was born in the U.K., and therefore doesn’t really understand racism.
“[The role should have gone to] an American brother who really feels that,” Jackson said to Hot 97 on March 6th.
Social justice warriors have created a narrative that everything is wrapped up in perceived identity. It’s not good enough to be black, you need to be the right kind of black. It’s similar to how Peter Thiel was labeled by a prominent LGBTQ magazine as “not a gay man” because he supported Trump.
Kaluuya’s birth should seem irrelevant to playing the part in the film because it’s called acting. Does Jackson really feel what it’s like to be a Jedi? No, it’s called play make believe.
The Get Out star said he resented Jackson’s comments.
“In order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black. I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it,” Kaluuya said to GQ on Monday. “There’s a black writer and director that has written a film that is critically acclaimed, and now is commercially profitable. Yet we’re trying to separate ourselves again? There’s enough to deal with.”