Rule #1 on the internet: If you don’t want to be called out on something, don’t post it publicly.
Samuel L. Jackson started his day off by calling out a fan, who tweeted about his interaction with the Avengers actor. According to Twitter user Jerk Nowitzki (@WHUTUPDOE), he passed Jackson on the street and requested a photo, which the actor declined.
Jackson’s response? “I think not."
Not wanting his good name to be sullied, Samuel L. took to the social media platform and responded directly:
Which caused user @WHUTUPDOE to backtrack a bit:
Aw man I would never wanna paint you as an asshole. I tweeted it just because I thought it was a funny story that’s all. I even tweeted that I understood why you couldn’t/didn’t stop to take the pic.— Jerk Nowitzki (@WHUTUPDOE) May 12, 2018
As can be expected, there were responses on both sides of the drama.
Some called out @WHUTUPDOE:
While others took the opportunity to share their own Samuel L. Jackson experiences:
I saw him in a Safeway once, he was looking for something and my husband started talking to him and he was super nice, I wanted to ask for a picture but I thought he’s literally trying to find food, so I let it be, but he took time for a conversation 👍— Katie Snyder (@katiesnyder157) May 12, 2018
I still can’t believe I saw Samuel L. Jackson yesterday in Fresno. He literally walked passed us as he got out of his truck.💀— Vanessa (@vgomezzzz) May 14, 2018
And Roger had his own theory:
I don't think he had any plans to grant your request, regardless of whether or not you said please, but ultimately it's his choice who he spends his time with, and we've got to respect that.— Roger Murtaugh (@UnicornBacon) May 13, 2018
Others just appreciated the phenomenon that is Samuel L. Jackson:
If there was a Samuel.L Jackson version of Siri that would tell me when I’m fucking up, I would be onboard.— NCL-TM (@UNCLETiMband) May 14, 2018
But no matter where you fell on the divide, @WHUTUPDOE took a step back to really observe the reactions:
The polarization of my SLJ tweet is interesting. The ppl commenting & rushing to judgement against me & against SLJ has been equal parts hilarious and a case study in ppl.— Jerk Nowitzki (@WHUTUPDOE) May 14, 2018
Everyone ascribes intent on other ppl’s words w/out having context because we’ve already made our minds up.
Pretty much sounds like another day on the Internet.