Vince Vaughn may have put his foot in his own mouth. He interviewed with Playboy Magazine to speak about his new movie, but the interview also touched base on affirmative action.
When asked by the interviewer, So you’re not a fan of affirmative action?
The actor stated, I’ll answer that with a question. Do you believe that using race as a factor in evaluating a person is a good way to operate?The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.But then you’re evaluating someone based on race, which is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.
For those of you that do not know the meaning of affirmative action. Webster’s dictionary defines it as the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc.
Coming from the mouth of a man who never had to live the struggle of not being treated fairly due to his ethnicity or gender, his answer is a bit shocking. Vince Vaughn may have to darken the color of his skin or change his gender in order to understand the pain of many. Not being able to get a job because you carry too much melanin is racism. Someone should give Mr. Vaughn a lesson on racism.
What do you think HotZoners? Do you agree with Vaughn?