Rev. Jesse Jackson's negative remarks about Barack Obama has everyone from Katie Couric to Spike Lee to protestors at Rainbow PUSH speaking out, now the reverend is pleading for ''a break''.
As recently reported on MemphisRap.com, Rev. Jesse Jackson's negative remarks about Barack Obama, which were caught by Fox News during a break, surfaced earlier this week.
Now everyone from Katie Couric to Spike Lee to David Banner and Nas are speaking out regarding the reverend's remarks which Jackson made at a time that he believed that the camera's microphones were turned off. Jackson whispered that he didn't care for Obama "talking down to black people," and Jackson then spoke of wanting to "cut off his nuts."
Since Jackson's comments, the civil rights leader made an immediate apology for his "crude and hurtful" remarks and Obama gracefully accepted the apology, but the rest of the nation has not.
"I'm very disappointed in Jesse Jackson. These old heads, I don't know why they're doing this stuff," Spike Lee told EUR Web.
"I think jealousy has to be somewhere in there. I read today that even Jesse Jackson's son, Jesse Jr., is upset about his father's comments. There's no place for that and I think it's really making Jesse look bad. I haven't heard anybody say cut the man's nuts off but Jesse," Lee added.
"In life, sometimes you have your moment ... You have your window that lies upon you and then it leaves. This is not Jesse's time right now. This is Barack Obama's time, and I think he's having a problem with that," said Lee in regards to Jackson.
Spike Lee isn't the only one who believes that Jackson's "time is up." Rapper Nas also believes Jesse Jackson's "time is up" and quote, "he's the biggest player hater" the rapper adds.
"I think Jesse Jackson, he's the biggest player hater," Nas said during a conference call. "His time is up. All you old n---as, time is up. We heard your voice, we saw your marching, we heard your sermons. We don't wanna hear that sh-t no more. It's a new day. It's a new voice. I'm here now. We don't need Jesse; I'm here. I got this. We got Barack, we got David Banners and Young Jeezys. We're the voice now. It's no more Jesse. Sorry. Goodbye. You ain't helping nobody in the 'hood. That's the bottom line. Goodbye, Jesse. Bye!"
David Banner, somewhat came to the defense of both sides with a somewhat different point a view, "He [Jesse Jackson] didn't literally mean that he wanted to cut Barack's balls off. So we just need to quit it and move on," David Banner told AllHipHop.com. "This is one of the most important elections in history and we should focus on what's right and what's wrong. We're gonna mess around and let the same thing happen with the last two elections and then we as American people are gonna be sitting up looking stupid with high ass gas prices again and our troops still at war."
"We need to agree on who our leaders are gonna be. When we go through a generation without representation, who's representing our generation that comes from our generation? Who is speaking out and pushing for policies for our generation?" Banner asked. "We complain about Jesse Jackson and people like that, but who are we gonna put in those positions? Who's gonna step up to the forefront and take responsibility?"
"I think the thing that we should focus on more is the disconnect between young black people and old black people. And the truth, when it comes down to it, is about what's right and what's wrong," added Banner.
In Katie Couric's case, the very professional, well-known, and well-loved CBS news anchor added her most professional advice for the Reverend or anyone for that matter who is infront of a camera or microphone, "The incident is hardly the first of it's kind ... Even I've been caught on tape thanks to YouTube saying a word I won't permit my daughters to utter. Some gaffes are less harmful than others but there are no excuses, anyone who's frequently around a microphone should know they're designed to amplify sounds even when there not meant to," stated Couric .
In related news, Jackson who addressed his comments at the Rainbow PUSH was even protested by angry demonstrators over his comments about Barack Obama as they protested outside Rainbow PUSH headquarters Saturday as Jackson addressed their concerns.
"When I made my statement of contrition and Sen. Barack Obama accepted it, that killed that part of the issue," Jackson said. "Our relationship is intact, because it's a longstanding one."
"I accept the media doing what it does, you guys got to eat too," added Jackson. "But please do it at someone else's expense, please. Give me a break."