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Jamie Foxx

Actor Jamie Foxx said of his upcoming film, 'I kill all the white people in the movie ... How great is that?'?

Published Dec 12, 2012

Claim:   Actor Jamie Foxx said of his upcoming film, "I kill all the white people in the movie ... How great is that?"


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Example:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2012]


I received an email asking to boycott Jamie Foxx's new movie Django because he said of it, "I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie... How great is that?" I am wondering if he said this, if it is true?



 

Origins:   Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop), is a 44-year-old American actor who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in the film Ray, as well as a stand-up comedian, a singer/songwriter, and a radio talk show host.

On 8 December 2012, Foxx appeared as the guest host on Saturday Night Live (SNL) to plug his upcoming movie, Django Unchained, in which he plays a freed slave turned bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from a ruthless Mississippi plantation owner. In his opening monologue for SNL that evening Foxx riffed on a theme of "How black is that?", touching on the recent activities of prominent blacks such as rapper Jay-Z, himself, and President Obama. Speaking of himself, Foxx mentioned his role in the soon-to-be-released Django Unchained:



I got a movie coming out, Django Unchained, check it out.

I play a slave. Uh, how black is that?

And in the movie I have to wear chains. Umm ... how whack is that?

But don't worry about it, because I get out of the chains, I get free, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie.


So in a literal sense it is true that Jamie Foxx spoke the words attributed to him above, but they were part of a comedic monologue written for the opening of a comedic sketch show and not an extemporaneous comment.

Last updated:   11 December 2012

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