‘Get Out’ Actor Responds To Samuel L. Jackson’s Criticism of Him: “I Resent That I Have To Prove That I’m Black”

The star of the hit movie ‘Get Out’, British actor Daniel Kaluuya, is responding to Samuel L. Jackson’s criticism of casting a Brit to play the lead role of an African American male in the film. Samuel basically said that he would’ve preferred seeing an African American play the role as the boyfriend,”Because Daniel grew up in a country where they have been interracial dating for 100 years”, and may have missed some of the nuances that a Black American would have brought to it. Check out Daniel Kaluuya’s response to Samuel L’s criticism and let us know who YOU agree with…

Samuel L. Jackson on Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning:

“I know the young brotha that’s in the movie, he’s British. So, there are a lot of Black British actors who work in this country. So, I tend to wonder, what would that movie have been with an American brotha who really understands that in a way. Because Daniel grew up in a country where they have been interracial dating for 100 years…”

 He went on to say…

“What would a brotha from America have made of that role? I’m sure the director helped, some things are universal, but everything ain’t. That’s the thing about ‘Selma’ and some others, there’s some brothas in America who could have been in that movie that would have had a different idea about how that works.”

When asked the difference between British actors versus American actors Jackson replied:

“They’re cheaper than us for one thing. They don’t cost as much (laughs). And they think they’re better trained than we are for some reason, because they’re classically trained. I don’t know what the love affair is with all that.”

Daniel Kaluuya made sure to voice his respect for the veteran actor but expressed his frustration with his criticisms….

Big up Samuel L. Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do.

Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned, bro. When I’m around black people I’m made to feel “other” because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going “You’re too black.” Then I come to America and they say, “You’re not black enough.” I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!

[Black people in the UK], the people who are the reason I’m even about to have a career, had to live in a time where they went looking for housing and signs would say, “NO IRISH. NO DOGS. NO BLACKS.” That’s reality. Police would round up all these black people, get them in the back of a van, and wrap them in blankets so their bruises wouldn’t show when they beat them. That’s the history that London has gone through.

 Kaluuya added: This is the frustrating thing, bro—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. No matter that every single room I go to I’m usually the darkest person there. You know what I’m saying? I kind of resent that mentality. I’m just an individual. You probably feel that as a writer, too. Just because you’re black, you taken and used to represent something. It mirrors what happens in the film.

I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.

After the backlash he received, Samuel L. further explained his comments…

I can see both sides of the argument but as much as we like Sam, he’s wrong on this one. You can’t complain about black British actors taking American actor’s jobs when African American actors almost exclusively play the roles of Africans in movies like Hotel Rwanda with Don Cheadle, Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, Morgan Freeman as Mandela, etc. If you’re going to complain about one, you have to complain about the other. This is a pretty petty criticism and Sam should just let this young brother enjoy his success and kept his opinion to himself on this one. What do YOU think about this debate? Is Sam right or should he have left this one alone?

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