Samuel L Jackson Takes Down Host While We Get All The Non-Whites Confused
“I BELIEVE that tape is going to have a life of it’s own”
And so spake KTLA reporter, Sam Rubin, after dropping a bollock so large in his new job, that everyone’s toes curled so hard, that the entire universe now has clubbed feet.
Rubin was interviewing Samuel L Jackson and the anchor mistook Jackson for fellow movie star Laurence Fishburne. Y’know, because both actors look exactly the same, just like all black people do regardless of gender, facial features, voices, skin tones and GENERALLY BEING AS DIFFERENT AS WOTSITS AND NIK NAKS.
In the interview, when the boob happens, there’s a moments pause where you can actually smell the embarrassed burning of ears. It is quite remarkable. In that second, there’s a beat where you sense the whole of the world retracting it’s colon up into its torso. Outstanding.
Rubin asks Sam Jackson about his recent Super Bowl commercial. That’d be the Kia Sedan commercial starring Fishburne. Or was it 50 Cent? Or maybe it was Mr T? Maybe it was Claire Huxtable? It really is impossible to tell isn’t it?
“We don’t all look alike! We may all be black and famous but we don’t all look alike,” said Jackson. “There’s more than one black guy doing a commercial.”
“I’m the ‘What’s in your wallet?’ black guy. He’s the car black guy… Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy. You only hear his voice, though, so you probably won’t confuse him with Laurence Fishburne!”
What made the whole thing even worse, was the profuse apologising from Rubin and the sheer will to try and get on with the show. Despite repeated attempt to get back to Robocop, which Jackson was promoting (at least we assume it was Jackson… it could’ve been Eddie Murphy. Or maybe Jackie Chan? Or Rajesh Koothrappali? It really is very difficult to tell them all apart isn’t it?).
“Let’s talk about Robocop,” he said. “Oh hell, no,” replied Jackson. “There must be a very short line for your job.”
Rubin said of his thunderous gaffe that “more often than not I really do know what I’m talking about.”
“But I didn’t 30 minutes ago and I’m really embarrassed about it, and I very much apologise to Samuel L Jackson and anyone else who was offended for what was a very amateur mistake.”
Thank fuck he got the name right in the apology. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the clip, have a look here (this is the full length version).