USER EDITORIAL: If Samuel L. Jackson is a Racist, Why Did We Change the Color of Nick Fury?

Recently, in the March issue of Ebony magazine, Samuel L. Jackson, the guy that Marvel picked to be the NEW, non-white Nick Fury in their comics and movies, made it known that he voted for President Obama solely because of the color of his skin and NOT the content of his character.

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By Powergirl - 2/13/2012
As most of you know, the character of Nick Fury was a white man in the comics until the Ultimate Marvel Universe, where he was changed to be an African-American, with his look and personality tailored after actor Samuel L. Jackson with the actor's permission. Jackson portrays Nick Fury in the 2008 film Iron Man and reprised the role in the sequel, and in Captain America: The First Avenger. He also appears uncredited as Fury in Thor, and is set to appear as in the 2012 film The Avengers.

Here is the actual quote from Ebony Magazine:

"I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them,” Jackson said. “That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean shit to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do."


This turn of events is nothing if not ironic since changing Fury into an African-American was Marvel's attempt at being racially sensitive by bringing more ethnic diversity into their universe. So much for being "politically correct".

Of course, Mr. Jackson's political views are his own, and he is entitled to them. It is just disappointing that someone who is identified with an obvious attempt to be inclusive of other races is himself, NOT.

He may also just be a hardcore liberal democrat and would've voted that way in any case. It's hard to say. Maybe he would've voted for Hermain Cain if things had been different, but either way, the fact that he openly admits to not caring about Barack Obama's views, but only that he was black is pretty damning. That is not what Martin Luther King wanted for his people.
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RyanLantern77 - 2/13/2012, 9:26 PM
What a [frick]in cocksmoke...
Dmon - 2/13/2012, 9:27 PM
Your so HOT Powergirl.
PsyGuy - 2/13/2012, 9:27 PM
Is this a surprise? A lot of black people voted for Obama because he is black.

Side note: OBAMA for 2012!
Dmon - 2/13/2012, 9:28 PM
I think I am in love.
santoanderson - 2/13/2012, 9:29 PM
I hate it when actors voice their political and/or religious opinions. Keep it to yourselves whack-tards.
Zayers - 2/13/2012, 9:29 PM
"[Obama’s] message didn’t mean shit to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do."

Am I the only one who finds that not making sense, how would he hope Obama would do what he said if Obama's word didn't mean anything to him to begin with?
MisterNiceGuy - 2/13/2012, 9:30 PM
Haha thats hilarious. But on a serious note that is why he won the election. [frick] politicians
thespiderman209 - 2/13/2012, 9:32 PM
this is obviously a joke from him taken out of context and proportion, its SAMUEL L. JACKSON mother[frick]er hes [frick]ing badass
Powergirl - 2/13/2012, 9:34 PM
This is my article. I figured it would get some attention, but I wrote it respectfully to start a discussion. Personally, I don't think Sammy should be making political statements at all when he holds these kinds of views. He was chosen to be the face of the new racially sensitive Marvel, and now he's kind of screwing that. I'll bet they are pissed! You can check out the full article and see more of what he said at the source link.
MisterNiceGuy - 2/13/2012, 9:35 PM
I love you CBM no homo
tazmaniak - 2/13/2012, 9:35 PM
But what is the point of this article?He's a black guy who voted for a black politician, not because of his political stance, but because he is black.How is he racist?

It would have been racist had he said he didn't vote for the other candidates solely because they were white.Or, if he had said he didn't vote for Obama because he was black.

Do you know how many people don't give a crap about politics or a candidates stance?They just vote for who they find appealing.And a lot of times it's either based on how they look or if that person comes from the same region they do.

It can't be a shock that some people, black and white, voted for him solely because he was black.That's not racist.Or that people didn't vote for him because he was black.Now, that actually is racist, but that's how a lot of people think.

A lot of times a candidates position plays very little into a person's decision on who they will vote for.It's generally going to be based upon that person representing the party you always vote for, that person being from your state, that person being someone you personally know or know through acquaintances or any number of factors.

It's also not surprising that a black man in his 60s, giving the way the government has treated black people over the years, doesn't put much stock in what any politician has to say.Black or white.He just decided that maybe things would be better off for him with a black president.The way the election turned out, I'd wager a lot of people also felt this way.

Again, how is this racist and what does it have to do with Jackson playing Nick Fury?
SageMode - 2/13/2012, 9:35 PM
I will admit, its was cool as hell to see a man of color being the president since all the other ones for 100s of years were only white males, but I moreso voted for him because of what he said he was gonna do to put the country back in order from the shitstain that Bush left and is still suffering from today. But there are a lot of black people who voted for Obama because of his race and there's a lot that voted for the issues.
RorMachine - 2/13/2012, 9:36 PM
Dmon, you are aware that Powergirl's avatar is a picture of...Powergirl right? Jesus

As for this, I believe Jackson was commenting more on the state of politics than he was on race, plus I think he may have been joking at that. Even if he wasn't thsi still isn't racist, it's not like he came out and said: "Hey muffuggas, I hate white folks". Doesn't calling someone a racist outright like that when there is no proof amount to libel?
JatevinM - 2/13/2012, 9:36 PM
Calling him a racist is a stupid ass statement.
ClosetNerd - 2/13/2012, 9:36 PM
He was elected because he's a likable, charismatic, intelligent individual. He said "change", "we can do better". And a bunch of other generalizations that got apothetic individuals off their sofas. He was also running against a patriot that decided to make a comlete windbag his running mate. That didn't hurt either
irondragon - 2/13/2012, 9:36 PM
btsmlg got a good point. i wouldnt vote for stupid black man especially if i lived through segregation. id want the best we had up there
Powergirl - 2/13/2012, 9:37 PM
@BTSMGL, unless YOU want to be seen as ignorant, why don't you make an opposing argument instead of just being outraged and insulting. If that is all you can do, I win.
Potterman - 2/13/2012, 9:37 PM
Samuel L Jackson..its my beer! Yes they should die and i hope the burn in hell!!!!!!!!!
HulkbusterNYC - 2/13/2012, 9:37 PM
Wow this is so ridiculous.. Those comments do not make him a racist.. I'm sure 99% of Americans don't know the politicians views but vote for them merely based on Race/religion/political offiliatians.. To say he's a racist is a bit strong and honestly this site is not the forum for this discussion..
P862010 - 2/13/2012, 9:38 PM
you had the hoff powergirl
luckylu - 2/13/2012, 9:40 PM
@intruder- agreed. at least bush isnt in office
luckylu - 2/13/2012, 9:43 PM
"I figured it would get some attention, but I wrote it respectfully"-bwahahaha you called the guy racist..... ignorance is bliss
SotNatt - 2/13/2012, 9:43 PM
I'm pretty sure racist is an improper term in this instance.

So...whoever wrote this article is a full-fledged retard.

Back on subject, Samuel L. Jackson basically did what a good portion of the nation does and voted for a candidate he related to on some level, even if it was just the color of his skin. Good ol' Whitey has been doing that for the last two centuries or so, so everyone just chill.

Also, in this case, [frick] the Avengers. Samuel L. Jackson is [frick]ing Samuel L. Jackson, cooler and more badass than all comic books combined.

This article was obviously submitted by a thirteen-year-old boy or something.
LaputaHeir - 2/13/2012, 9:43 PM
Racist? Really, CBM? Seriously...???

GTFOH!!!

Action - 2/13/2012, 9:48 PM
I think if Samuel Jackson and Obama were white and Jackson said those words, there would be many people questioning if he was a racist. Too many famous African Americans living in the United States of America get away with many racist comments.
Dmon - 2/13/2012, 9:48 PM
@Rod LOL I know that and was joking and overly expressing how much I enjoy her comments. I love you too for some of the things you say about Star Wars. LOL
Tainted87 - 2/13/2012, 9:48 PM
I voted for Obama for a number of reasons:
* He's not influenced by prejudice brought on by religious organizations or groups.
* He is very much opposed to war, which has been taking the friends that I grew up with away little by little.
* Most importantly, despite whatever allegations made to his character, he was the lesser of the two evils running for President.

About Sam, well this is no revelation - the man is a rebel, was a member of the Black Panther party, and although this was a long time ago, he threatened to blow up a college building full of school board trustees - the man was literally a terrorist for a time. I don't care about his politics. He's one of my favorite actors though.
ecksmanfan - 2/13/2012, 9:54 PM
Sigh
edwardshiro - 2/13/2012, 9:54 PM
I am African American and Latino. Samuel's comment is racist.
The destinies of a nation is not left to the "skin color". A person is chosen for his intelligence and willingness to work for the nation, always seeking the benefit of all.
Reverend - 2/13/2012, 9:56 PM
I interpreted this as a statement of cynicism with politics. If you distilled both of the 2008 presidential candidates to their basic profiles, all you have is virtually the same people who do the same bullshit except one was an old white man and the other is a young black man.

Hell, if your only choices were the same except for appearance the only basis for judgement is just that.
luckylu - 2/13/2012, 9:59 PM
just to throw my 2 cents on the actual election: both sides played the racist card. african american voted for the black guy. right winged conservatives voted for the old white guy.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 2/13/2012, 9:59 PM
Great article and very well written

I kind of understand what Sam is pretty getting at, because politics are pretty racist and history can prove that. Yes many African-Americans voted for him because he was black but that was only like a message of trying to make an antithetic future.
NeoBaggins - 2/13/2012, 10:02 PM
So, I'm supposed to read the part where he said he voted for Obama because he was black, then stop reading. Or maybe, I was supposed to read the whole thing and pretend like I didn't understand the point he was making. I did niether. He's right.

Go fury!
drewXdeficit - 2/13/2012, 10:02 PM
If you're going to make such allegations that Marvel wanted to be "more racially sensitive," you'll need to cite your source. He may have just been the best man for the job; either that, or they may have been basing their film characterization on the Ultimate Nick Fury (which is just as likely, given that his comic counterpart looks nearly identical to SLJ).

Also, you claim you have posted this "respectfully." You did not. You called him a racist, implying that he doesn't like white people. That is not what he said; he said he voted for Obama because he wanted to see a black man in office. I'm not going to say that's a legitimate reason for someone to be elected president, but it's certainly no indication of racism.

There is no indication here that he wasn't joking, being satirical, or telling the complete and honest truth. To summarize: we just don't know what he meant. So just come off it. The guy is a great actor, and he has done loads of awesome movies. Stop trying to defame him to get attention.
geoff - 2/13/2012, 10:04 PM
@Gaston
he didnt kill osama...he just confirmed the call LIKE ANY PRESIDENT IN CHARGE WOULD DO. If some other whack job president made the call to end osamas life THEYED do it....sorry dude....people who say that kinda shit piss me off.....no life of mine lol
Dmon - 2/13/2012, 10:06 PM
Oh come on now he may not be raciest but he is not a great actor he acts exactly the same in every movie.
Starheart - 2/13/2012, 10:07 PM
Samuel Jackson obviously isn't racist. :\

Who cares?
DioFoRio - 2/13/2012, 10:07 PM
spider-man cameo?
comicoverlord - 2/13/2012, 10:07 PM
This article really opened my eyes to the plight of white christian conservatives in America. I had no idea it was so bad. What insensitivity and outright racism you endure on a daily basis. I can totally understand why you would want to turn a website about comic book movies into a conservative circle jerk. Heck, we should really hear more about how poor Ron Paul and Glen Beck are doing. Because that's what comic books are all about.

This is a non-issue in a non-article.

Or a SEO grab.
luckylu - 2/13/2012, 10:08 PM
@geoff- maybe you should just report him again
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