This is disappointing. There have been persistent rumors that James Earl Jones had conservative leanings. But on a radio show this past Sunday, he admits that he spends a lot of time watching MSNBC and that he believes the Tea Party is racist.
JAMES EARL JONES: I think I have figured out the Tea Party I think I I do understand racism because I was taught to be one by my grandmother. My grandmother was part [tribal affiliation] Indian part black, she hated everybody and she taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist to hate white people and to distrust black people.
DR CORNEL WEST: Who does she love then?
JAMES EARL JONES: Nobody
WEST: Nobody at all.
JAMES EARL JONES: But that allowed me to figure it out for myself. And I think I know what racism is better than anyone who has ever been a racist.
Jones searched his feelings and accuses people he doesn’t know and who are obviously motivated by fiscal issues, of being racists. Besides being intolerant, Jones’ take just doesn’t make a lick of sense.
Unrelated, but funny if you’re in the right mood: The Vader Sessions. Lines from other James Earl Jones movies dubbed into scenes from Star Wars. I can’t get through the scene on the bridge of the Death Star without laughing. Language warning, by the way.