Reverend Jesse Jackson admitted today he was not only shocked, but surprised to learn of Chevy Chase’s recent “n-word” tirade on the set of the show, “Community,” especially since he was unaware that Chase was actually still alive. Like most of America, Jackson has never watched NBC’s critically acclaimed, but low-rated sitcom, “Community,” and assumed Chase had died sometime in the ‘90s when he stopped starring in movies.
“I don’t know what I’m more shocked by — the fact that Chevy Chase said something racist or that he’s still getting hired after making ‘Vegas Vacation,’ ” Jackson told Hollywood & Swine.
Production on “Community’s” fourth season was interrupted late last week after Chase became angry over of the direction his racist character Pierce Hawthorne was taking, and used the “n-word” to help get his point across. This was the latest in a series of well-publicized outbursts by Chase on the set of “Community,” following his profanity filled voicemail to show creator Dan Harmon earlier this year.
Chase immediately offered an apology for his use of the “n-word” saying, “I haven’t been this embarrassed by anything I’ve done since filming ‘Memoirs of an Invisible Man’ and ‘Cops and Robbersons.’ Hopefully people will forget as quickly about me using the “n-word” as they forgot about those movies.”
In an attempt to repair relations with the African-American community, Chase has reportedly been throwing around-the-clock viewing parties for the recent all-black Lifetime TV remake of “Steel Magnolias” and offering to endorse President Barrack Obama, who immediately turned down Chase’s offer.
“I’m not perfect and I have horrible judgment,” said a remorseful Chase. “If you don’t believe me, just rewatch ‘Caddyshack 2.’ ”
Jesse Jackson said he and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) planned to organize protests against Chevy Chase and “Community” but were told by NBC not to bother, since the network plans on cancelling the ratings-challenged show soon and replace it with extra episodes of “Whitney.”