Quinton “Rampage” Jackson recently lost his anticipated fight against Rashad Evans last month, but that’s not deterring him from doing what he needs to do to promote the upcoming “A-Team” film.
Jackson plays “B.A. Baracus,” the part made iconic by Mr. T during the ’80s television show. But in an interview with the L.A. Times, Jackson may have ruffled some feathers with his comments regarding acting:
“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson told the L.A. Times. “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]!”
The response from the public, of course, was to label him as homophobic, anti-gay and a number of other names. Jackson was surprised by all the pushback, so he took to his personal blog to provide some clarity and justify his language:
“Let me teach you a little something about me cause I know y’all don’t really know me,” Jackson writes on his blog. “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.”