*Jimmie “J.J.” Walker is all over the place lately.
He recently interviewed with CNN, discussing his new book, gay marriage, and his career path.
Walker became popular from his role on “Good Times” and his catchphrase, “dyn-o-mite!” kept him relevant over time.
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But when he first started out, he wasn’t well liked by mainstream because he was “too black.”
“I was coming from the Black Panthers, and of course they were dealing with the black plight. Too preachy, I think it was more like don’t lay that plight thing on us,” he said.
J.J. started off doing comedy for the Black Panthers before rising to stardom on a different platform. But even when he hit it big time on “Good Times,” the show received mixed reviews and it became quite controversial.
In fact, some of the conflict appeared internal.
John Amos and Esther Rolles made it known that they were not happy with the direction the show began to take, seeing that Walker’s character was beginning to become more prevalent.
Walker said none of that every phased him because he was there to really have fun and relax.
And how does Walker feel about gay marriage?
“There’s just certain traditions that need to be upheld. I’ll give you the other side of it, no it doesn’t affect me, no it doesn’t change my life. There’s just traditions that need to be dealt with. I’m a believer that gay marriage should be passed because the battle is not worth the war. The gay lobby is very loud. I’m totally against it.
“In 100 years from now, people are going to go, ‘Who was against gay marriage?’ And I’ll be one of those idiots and say, ‘That’s me.’ I’m just against it on moral grounds, that’s it. I’m as much a heathen as anybody. I just don’t believe on moral grounds it should be done. I don’t like it, I don’t accept it.”
Meanwhile, the comedian has established an interesting reputation among the black community, sort of being the odd one out.
“Some of the stuff that happened on our show, it made it look like we were, as they say, ‘not black enough.’ The black community kind of turned a little on us. It was kind of like Tiger Woods where they don’t embrace him because he plays golf, and it’s not a black sport.”
Umm Mr. Walker, that’s not why Tiger has a problem with a lot of black folks, duh.
Anyway, read/learn more at CNN.