While Quinton “Rampage” Jackson likes to portray himself as a simple man, his controversial comments and actions over the past couple of years don’t support that.
Although Rampage is in the midst of a worldwide tour to promote this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster movie, the former UFC light heavyweight champion can’t shake the discriminative comments he recently made on “The A-Team” movie set.
“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson told the LA Times of playing B.A. Baracus in the 1980’s big screen remake. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [individual]!”
Apparently, the G-bomb has become inexplicably acceptable in the MMA world because nothing was made of Rampage’s consistent usage of the word to describe his bitter rival Rashad Evans in order to promote UFC 114. However, Rampage is now dealing with a much more P.C. conscious audience that has jumped all over him for his bigoted statements.
For that reason, Rampage took to his official website Monday morning to clear the air about his recent remarks and the high-speed chase that may have started most of the fan backlash. While clarity was the obvious goal, confusion reigned supreme, as no apologies were issued.
Rampage on why he turned Orange County into his very own demolition derby:
“The truth of the matter is I saved a life that day. No one ever asked me that and I never tried to promote that or go deep into anything. I just wanted it to go away and I was very embarrassed about the whole thing. But the friend life that I saved that day was worth every bit of bad press and media I received. I would do it again and risk my life for any of my friends…
My friend was about to commit suicide that day and he is one of the few friends that I have that don’t see me as a meal ticket.”
Logic behind dropping G-bombs:
“I am a black man from Memphis, Tennessee who grew up in the south where I faced discrimination my whole life. I know very well how it feels for someone to judge you for something you have no control over so having gone through that I know how it feels.
I took a vow that I didn’t even have to say that I would never discriminate against anybody for anything other that how they treat me or others around them. So not only DO I NOT HATE gay people, I actually accept them for who and what they are. They always seem happy and most of them I met are very kind and nice individuals. Yes, and like most straight guys I joke around with the whole gay thing and I see it as comedy, not saying that’s right or wrong but I don’t do it out of hate.”
Fat Chicks Need Lovin’ Too:
“I don’t hate fat girls but I make fun of them too.”
No Apologies Necessary:
“So everybody get used to me cause I’m not going to change one ounce, one bit for NO ONE. I am God’s street soldier. And God is the only person that I care about impressing or judging me.”
“EVERYBODY LIGHTEN THE FUCK UP! LET’S HAVE FUN! THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW! THERE’S TOO MUCH NEGATIVITY IN THIS WORLD, SO LET’S JUST FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE THINGS AND I GUARANTEE IF WE DO THAT THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER!”
It may be all fun and games for Rampage, but GLBT isn’t laughing. Sounds like B.A. Baracus may need to be schooled by Hilary Duff once again: