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wtf: acting is “kind of gay” sez ‘A-Team’s Rampage

I think my preferred response to this kind of idiocy from now on is going to be just laughing at people who say such things and waving at them as the rest of the world grows the fuck up and passes them by. Via New York’s Daily News:

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who makes his onscreen debut next week as B.A. Baracus (a role made famous by Mr. T) in “The A-Team,” has come under fire for equating acting with homosexuality.

“Acting is kind of gay…it makes you soft,” the UFC star and aspiring actor told the Los Angeles Times. “You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold.”

The Times also reported an incident on the “A-Team” set where a crew member threw a homophobic slur at Jackson (possibly as a joke), and the fighter responded with “barely contained fury.” Jackson reportedly spouted gay slurs back at the crew member before finally declaring him a “punk” and throwing him off the set.

I wonder what kind of “gay” Quinton “Rampage” Jackson thinks acting is making him. The kind of gay that involves millions of women around the world unable to bear the thought that an actor might actually be gay, even though those women will never, ever have any opportunity at all to take advantage of a beloved actor’s hoped-for not-gayness?

And, you know what? If it’s “gay” to put a fucking coat on when it’s cold, then I’m sure Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could very well stand out in the damn cold without a coat, if he’s that insecure in his manhood, whether his manhood be straight, gay, or otherwise.



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  • CB

    The makers of this movie failed the moment they decided not to cast Mr. T as BA. If they asked Mr. T and he refused for some reason (too busy making Warcraft commercials, or coding up the Night Elf Mohawk class?), then they should have just shit-canned the movie.

  • Isn’t Rampage a mixed martial arts competitor? And we’re surprised that a guy who makes his living beating people up has issues?

    I’m not sure guys like Rampage can afford to grow up, since it would take away the drive to dominant opponents needed in violent competition. I remember really enjoying Tae Kwon Do in high school and college, but when I tried boxing for a year recently (in my late thirties) I just didn’t have much in the way of desire to hit things very hard.

    Of course, my political opinions haven’t changed very much over the course of 20 years, shifting as they do along a liberal to liberatarian line, so these two issues don’t always align.

  • Jason M.
  • I think my preferred response to this kind of idiocy from now on is going to be just laughing at people who say such things and waving at them as the rest of the world grows the fuck up and passes them by.

    In other words: You pity the fool. :-)

  • hdj

    I think he just meant that hes doing a tough guy movie called the A team, but hes got all these flamboyant hair dressers making him purty, kinda defeats the notion of the movie.

  • Don’t Be So Sensitive

    Why pick on a guy for calling acting gay? It’s not like there’s nothing foppish or outright flamboyantly gay about Hollywood… Big deal. People are too sensitive. Mostly gays….

  • MC

    A NSFW artifact from another time:

    Eddie Murphy on Mr. T
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STtOWGWEIkc

  • BBQ Platypus
  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Weird. I seem to remember reading some movie blog post somewhere, along with some blurry photos from early in production, claiming that Quentin Jackson was the nicest guy the writer had ever met. Sadly, i can’t remember which movie blog it was.

  • iakobos

    I think he just meant that hes doing a tough guy movie called the A team, but hes got all these flamboyant hair dressers making him purty, kinda defeats the notion of the movie.

    I agree.

  • MaryAnn

    I think he just meant that hes doing a tough guy movie called the A team, but hes got all these flamboyant hair dressers making him purty, kinda defeats the notion of the movie.

    Again, this bizarre notion that a “tough guy” can’t be homosexual. Or flamboyant guys can’t be straight. Because they can be, and they are.

    I mean, honestly, iakobos and hdj, do you think there are NO martial artists or pro wrestlers or NFL players or small-town sheriffs or construction workers or deadliest-catch fishermen who are gay? Do you honestly believe there aren’t any ballet dancers or hairdressers or drag queens or makeup artists who are men and also straight?

  • …kinda defeats the notion of the movie.

    the notion of a goofy movie based on a goofy tv show which was all about sending up the tough guy stereotype anyway? puh-leeze!

  • That’s a really odd statement to make since he himself makes a living acting. Is this double standard?

  • nnvee

    This guy has been an actor all of ten minutes and he’s already kicking people off of the set. In the A-Team trailers I’ve seen him in he has zero the charisma of Mr. T.

    Nice system they have in Hollywood: No one will bat an eye at this guy’s antics because he’s a man who demeans gays but Megan Fox must be annihilated for questioning her misogynist director. Just as no one batted an eye when Mike Tyson shows up in The Hangover because he’s a man and he RAPES girls. NICE.

  • hdj

    All I’m saying is Rampage is still in that high school state of mind where the tough guys play sports wrestling football etc and people Rampage considers gay, go to drama club

    I shouldn’t event be defending Rampage, I honestly feel Mr.T could still be BA , I’m bigger fan of Mr.T then Rampage.

  • Elle

    Quinton Jackson is a 32-year-old man. That’s way too old for a high school state of mind to fly as an excuse (if it ever was to begin with). At this age it’s just willfully hateful.

  • But I do wonder how many people never really left high school maturity wise. Maturity is usually forced upon people by life, not something people go looking for. If a person is rewarded by life for who they are at a certain age, that’s when they probably stop growing up, which would explain why Rampage is stuck in high school and Michael Jackson was always a child star in his mind and Bush II never stopped being a college chearleader.

  • Fuggle

    And, you know what? If it’s “gay” to put a fucking coat on when it’s cold, then I’m sure Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could very well stand out in the damn cold without a coat, if he’s that insecure in his manhood, whether his manhood be straight, gay, or otherwise.

    In that case (of standing out coatless in the cold), I’d say it’d be ‘shrunken’. /zing.

  • Craig

    Isn’t Rampage a mixed martial arts competitor? And we’re surprised that a guy who makes his living beating people up has issues?

    I disagree with this entirely. The main reason people fight is for competition. It’s happened several times when a fighter will enter the fight in an overly aggressive manner and get tooled because they’re not thinking straight. No one with anger issues would make it far in professional fighting.

    I encourage you to read http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/1/15-Questions-for-Patrick-Barry-24899 so you can get an idea about what a regular MMA fighter is all about. It’s short, and should open your eyes.

    Rampage was out of line here. He’s given up an opportunity to make more movies – who’s going to work with him? Oh well, he’s not that good an actor. I’d rather see him keep training and fighting good fights.

  • I’ll be sure to let Mike Tyson know what you think of his mental health. But it is true that personal issues can interfere with the discipline involved with training so I concede that I over-generalized.

    One of the reasons, perhaps the primary one, I started studying soft style martial arts instead of just hard style is that I realized as long as I only knew kicking and punching, there were guys out there who could kick my ass just because they were more willing to hurt me than I was them.

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