Samuel L. Jackson has had it with these ‘motherfucking billionaires not paying their motherfucking taxes.’
The Academy Honorary Award-winning and notoriously profanity-prone actor shared his grievance in a recent interview with Vulture after being asked about his political activism. “I pay an enormous amount of taxes, and it’s fine because I know I should. But why can’t we get billionaires to pay their fucking taxes?” the actor said.
“If those motherfuckers paid their taxes we’d solve a whole bunch of shit. And they would still be richer than every motherfucker walking around them.”
The “Avengers” actor is not alone in his frustrations. A Pew Research Center survey of 5,000 US adults found that about 60% of Americans feel wealthy people “don’t pay their fair share” in taxes. About 61% of people feel the same way about corporations.
It’s also arguable that a wealth tax on billionaires could “solve a whole bunch of shit.” A joint report from the Institute for Policy Studies, Patriotic Millionaires, Fight Inequality Alliance, and Oxfam found that instituting a wealth tax could subsidize several government programs, including a child tax credit extension and the US defense budget.
An analysis from the left-leaning Americans for Tax Fairness found that 26 of the wealthiest people in the country, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, paid an average federal income tax rate of 4.8% from 2013 to 2018 as they saw their fortunes grow. (This is partly because most of their wealth comes from assets, not paychecks.)
Jackson, 74, has never been one to shy away from politics. The actor told Vulture that his political activism began around the time he was a freshman in college in 1966, toward the tail end of the civil-rights movement.
He went on to say how, decades later, hearing the phrase “Make America Great Again” — Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan —makes his “blood boil” and that the “economic gap is crazy.”
“Being a certain age and looking at the world and identifying it for what it is and what it becomes, which is why as soon as I hear ‘Make America Great Again,’ I go, ‘When are we talking about again?
Are we talking about back when we had apartheid?’ I grew up in segregation in Tennessee. I went to school with Black kids cause we couldn’t go to school with white kids. I saw Klan marches and Klan rallies. So I know what America used to be,” he said.
Jackson has also been open about his feelings on the current state of the Republican Party. In 2019, three years into the Trump Administration, the actor bluntly told Esquire how he felt about the then-president.
“This motherfucker is like ruining the planet and all kinds of other crazy shit. And the people think that’s okay,” he said.
When asked by the magazine if he was worried about angering some fans, Jackson brushed off the concern: “I know how many motherfuckers hate me. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ Fuck I care? If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. Fuck you. Burn up my videotapes. I don’t give a fuck.”