A few hours ago, we published an entry showing a video of US actor Samuel L. Jackson fulfilling a promise to “cuss in 15 languages.”

He was keeping the promise he made to his followers when more than 2500 of them registered to vote in the upcoming US elections.  He was thus joining the #GoodToVote campaign organized by HeadCount to encourage Americans to register for and participate in this fall’s election cycle.  This campaign has brought together several celebrities, all of whom promised to give their followers something if they could get a certain number of people to register to vote.

There is a long list of examples of these “challenges” to be found with a quick Internet search. There have been all kinds of “prizes”: exclusive video clips, live singing, duets with other artists…a whole gamut of cool stuff.  Each of the participants has a personal page at HeadCount, which they share on social media, explaining their challenge and the link they can use to register (one cannot vote without being registered in the US).

Samuel L. Jackson is famous for his cussing.  Some of his most used include “motherfucker” and “fuck you”, with a wide range of variation.

He was keeping the promise he made to his followers when more than 2500 of them registered to vote in the upcoming US elections.  He was thus joining the #GoodToVote campaign organized by HeadCount to encourage Americans to register for and participate in this fall’s election cycle.  This campaign has brought together several celebrities, all of whom promised to give their followers something if they could get a certain number of people to register to vote.

There is a long list of examples of these “challenges” to be found with a quick Internet search. There have been all kinds of “prizes”: exclusive video clips, live singing, duets with other artists…a whole gamut of cool stuff.  Each of the participants has a personal page at HeadCount, which they share on social media, explaining their challenge and the link they can use to register (one cannot vote without being registered in the US).

Samuel L. Jackson is famous for his cussing.  Some of his most used include “motherfucker” and “fuck you”, with a wide range of variation.

And, we imagine, that is why he set his prize for reaching his goal of 2500 registered voters as a video of him saying “Fuck you” in 15 languages.  Much to our delight, the first language up was Basque!

What we do not understand is why the media in Basque, Catalan, Spanish, etc. has interpreted this expression to be aimed at the current US President.  Jackson never directly or indirectly mentioned him in either of the two videos, neither in the one where he announced his challenge, nor in the one where he kept his word.

Now, the actor’s very strong feelings towards the President and his policies are widely known.  But this video, this cussing, seems to have been his choice because of his popularity when using them in his films.

Moreover, these videos cannot be interpreted as being aimed at Trump.  Why?  Because, by its own definition, HeadCount is non-partisan.  Their goal is to use the power of musicians and artists to get people out to vote and to participate in democracy.  Every election cycle, they organize registry drives with over 1000 musical artists, and since 2004, they’ve gotten over 600,000 people to sign up.

Allowing any of their participants in their campaign to insult a candidate would go against their founding principles, and would furthermore put them in a tight spot.

It would be very illogical of HeadCount to allow, or Samuel L. Jackson to want, to put them in such an uncomfortable situation, especially since the actor has no lack of ways to share what he thinks about President Trump.

We have no doubts as to what he thinks of the politics led by the White House in the past four years, but we cannot put words in the actor’s mouth,regardless of how intriguing the idea would be.

Two examples of how this video and its contents are being shared in the US:

Huffpost – 14/9/2020 -USA

Holy Hell! Samuel L. Jackson Offers Swearing Lessons If Enough People Register To Vote

Listen up, motherf**kers: None other than the professor of profanity, Samuel L. Jackson, is offering lessons on how to talk a blue streak if enough people register to vote.

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TNZ – 14/9/2020 -USA

You Motherf*****S Met My Voting Challenge… SO LET’S CURSE IN 15 LANGUAGES!!!

Samuel L. Jackson is keeping his word and now teaching Americans how to curse in 15 languages … after fans show him they’ll get out and vote. The legendary actor dropped a 2-minute video … teaching us how to curse in 15 different languages … after fans showed up and blew past the Voter Action Goal for the #GoodToVote campaign.

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson brings Basque into the US election campaign