A tweet sent out Monday by Van Jones comparing Barack Obama’s inaugural address to the movie “Django Unchained” has been described as “borderline racist.”
In addition to that claim, Twitchy.com observes, “Whatever you think about the movie or the president, it’s hard to think of a situation in which comparing the two would be appropriate,”.
Van Jones is a self-professed Maoist revolutionary who served as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality before being forced to resign after conservative commentator Glenn Beck uncovered his radical past, as noted by the Huffington Post.
ABC News reports that Jones was also a petitioner from the “Truther” movement which suggests that people in President George W. Bush’s administration “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”
Jones remains active as a progressive left activist.
The movie referenced, Django Unchained, is a violent 2012 western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film is set in the Deep South and follows a freed slave — played by Jamie Foxx — who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner.
The film has been described by many as a “black man’s slavery revenge fantasy.”
Jamie Foxx created a storm of controversy over comments he made while appearing on Saturday Night Live. Foxx said of his role in the film, as reported by Newsbusters:
“I play a slave. How black is that? I have to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t worry. I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?”
Newsbusters also notes that two weeks earlier, the star made national headlines when he called President Obama “Our lord and savior,” on a Soul Train awards telecast.