O'Shea Jackson, Jr. On 'Roots' Mini-Series: 'We Do Have Stories of Triumph'

O'Shea Jackson, Jr. On 'Roots' Mini-Series: 'We Do Have Stories of Triumph'


O'Shea Jackson, Jr. On 'Roots' Mini Series: 'We Do Have Stories of Triumph' news

O’Shea Jackson, Jr. shared his thoughts on the criticism of movies and television shows about slavery. TMZ asked the Straight Outta Compton star about those movies and Jackson rolled his eyes in exasperation before offering his perspective.

The actor said that there are other stories to be told about black achievement.

“All respect to all filmmakers, but we do have stories of triumph,” Jackson said. “We don’t necessarily have to keep getting beat up in order to triumph. And end up as a butler or something at the end of the series or movie.”

Jackson’s father, rapper/actor Ice Cube, was executive producer and starred in Barbershop: The Next Cut, which opened in April. Jackson offered some of his own ideas that he’d been considering.

“So, I wanna get to other stories as a filmmaker myself. There was a black man who helped pioneer open heart surgery. Where’s that story at? So, we have a lot more. And let’s just continue to get this door open. That’s all I got to say.”

Jackson’s comments come on the heels of Snoop Dogg‘s blasting of the new Roots and asking fans to boycott the series.

“I ain’t watchin’ that s—,” Snoop declared in an Instagram video. “I advise you motherf—ing real n—-s like myself, f— them television shows. Let’s create our own s— based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what’s real. F— that old s—.”

Roots executive producer Will Packer addressed the criticism.

“They’re uncomfortable revisiting the reality of that time,” he told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I understand it. But at the same time, I vehemently disagree.”

The miniseries reached 5.3 million viewers (8.5 million when re-airing numbers were tallied), making it the biggest miniseries audience in more than three years.

Check out Jackson’s response in the video below.