At Soul Train Awards, Foxx about Obama: ‘Our Lord and Savior’

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Actor Jamie Foxx speaks during the taping of the Spike TV special tribute “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” at the Saban theatre in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3, 2012.

Actor, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx caused a stir when he proclaimed President Obama a messiah as he spoke at the annual Soul Train Awards.

“It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama,” to a cheering audience.

The show, which aired Sunday night, was taped in Las Vegas a few days after the president’s reelection. Foxx, a longtime comedian and actor whose credits include comedic television series “In Living Color” and motion pictures “Any Given Sunday,” “Ray” and “Ali,” stars in a soon-to-be-released movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino called “Django Unchained.”

The actor will also play the commander in chief in a presidential thriller “White House Down” also starring People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods.

And he’s also set to host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 8.


Your thoughts: Was it blasphemous what he said or does the entertainer get a pass because he’s a comedian and his comments came off the heels of a historic election?

  • savvyj2

    It seems we have a cult of people who worship at the feet of Barack obama. It’s kind of creepy, almost like a Jim Jones type of person.
    It was bad enough for Jamie Foxx to say what he did, but even more disturbing that the crowd cheered when he said it.

  • SODDI

    You all know Jamie Foxx started out as a comedian, right?

    Looks like he got you white right-wing christian Republicans nailed as the dumb perpetually iindignant humorless clowns that you are.

  • thrushjz

    Watched this three times…I was hoping it was sarcasm, you know,sarcasm about how people worship Obama,but sadly I don’t believe he meant it that way and neither did the crowd that cheered heartily…

  • RobW

    No actually it should make any true Christian angry, white or black.

  • SBG_Soldier

    Sorry Soddi, but you and the far left are the ones being nailed here. Anyone who would regard this as comedic is gasping in the flood of heathen naivete of deception that has descended upon our country. From re-electing a president who has done nothing good for America in the past four years and allowed four hero Americans to die in Benghazi to legalizing recreational marijuana and voting for gay marriage, election night proved to be one colossal statement of human depravity and celebration of spiritual deception! The funny thing about deception is that those under its power never recognize that they are, i.e. Jamie Foxxx, his crowd and you. Barack Obama is fulfilling the spiritual vision of his pagan pastor of twenty years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, in his ranting, “God damn America!”, and the country is under so heavy a fog of deception it is rejoicing in his victory, incapable of inhaling a pure enough breath of the fresh air of TRUTH to recognize its political, moral and spiritual insanity! This country is TOAST, and anyone who doesn’t recognize that is hopelessly beyond the reach of sanity! One word describes Obama’s presidency and this nation at this point in time – deception, and deception never ends good for the deceived!

  • SODDI

    EVERYTHING makes you christians angry. You’re as angry and as ugly as those rioting Arabs in the Middle East..

    Pretty soon people will stop paying attention to your constant temper tantrums and petulant whining.

  • SODDI

    You saw that because you believed it first.

  • thrushjz

    Uh, the crowd isn’t laughing…they’re cheering as if acknowledging the truth of what Foxx is saying…to those with any discernment, this should be a revealing wake up call….the response of the crowd is revealing of what they truly believe, and it’s not a belief in Jesus,the real Jesus…

  • Michael_in_Orlando

    I think SODDI needs a hug and a cookie…

  • SBG_Soldier

    You’re right, Soddi, very good! They “will stop paying attention”, and the reason they will stop paying attention is because they are deceived! And there’s only one state of being left for those who readily and finally accept spiritual deception … damnation! The reason we keep screaming is the hope that we can awaken some from the stupor of deception gripping our world, because we don’t want anyone to be either destroyed, harmed or damned. If you think that’s “ugly”, that’s your prerogative, but the sentiment only works to increase your deception!

  • thrushjz

    Tell me…these people are laughing, not Cheering…ya right.

  • Pastor Abbott

    Sucker Jamie Foxx is a pathetic, voodoo-brained apostle on crutches. He’s not even fit to host the church basement fish fry. I wouldn’t rent one of his movies if he paid for the pizza delivery and a case of beer.

  • Pastor Abbott

    I’m an atheist Republican…and how could I be angry over a clapped out minstrel on a brown sugar high? ;>

  • thrushjz

    Perhaps you should read a few lines of what the Bible says about those who are decieved…the jokes on Obama voters, not true believers in Jesus. We are not fooled unlike you…The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 thessalonians 2

  • AgentFoxMulder

    Looks like the Hollywood left is ready to grant Obama ultimate power (like Egypt’s Morsi).

    They are so clueless.

  • Catken1

    Well, SBG_Soldier, when most of your fellow human beings- many of them good and decent people who would never have done you an ill turn – are burning in agony and screaming in eternal pain, you can look smugly down and clap and cheer for the work of your loving and merciful daddy. Then you can kiss his rear again – better not stop fawning on him or flattering him, or he might burn you as he burns your brothers and sisters…

  • SBG_Soldier

    … and the deception grows. Need I say more? I guarantee you, no one in heaven will be smugly grinning, clapping, cheering or rejoicing over the torment of anyone choosing to follow “the father of lies” instead of the King of Kings who paid a price you can’t possibly begin to comprehend for your spiritual enlightenment! No one will be thrown into Hell by my loving and merciful Father, as your father, the devil, deceives the ignorant into believing. Only those who choose Hell will be found there, but the power of choice includes willful deception, and so many choose foolishly!

  • jjlc125

    Jamie Foxx’s comments were blasphemous. He sure didn’t sound like he was joking when I watched the video, and he definitely won’t be joking when he faces his Maker, who isn’t Barack Obama.

  • btvs23

    This is hilarious!!! People are all freaking out saying we are worshiping at the feet of Obama! This is coming from people who go to church and LITERALLY fall on their faces and cry out to the feet of a pastor. Yes a pastor, not God. That is a man standing in front of you. A human man. I think what Jamie Foxx said is funny, not true, but funny. And all that will happen from that is laughter. Lets not forget when you people fall in line with what a MAN SAYS, you give all your money and all your time to fight for that mans opinion. Dont say you follow God anymore than Jamie Foxx or the ones laughing at his JOKE. Get over yourselves. Your are not the divine judge and jury

  • resonablethoughts

    ok ok enough already….some say comedy others blasphemy….only God knows Jamie Foxx’s heart and true meaning. The bible also says ” judge not, lest you be judged.” None of us are perfect. Lets stop giving so much time to politicians and Hollywood. If you really want to Do something …teach your children about the truth of The Living God and His son Jesus.

  • wade-in-the-water

    laughter is a form of flattery, and acceptance. When is the last time you laughed at a racially biased, or even prejudice joke? Whether cheering or laughing, they were, ignorantly, accepting what was said. I may not know what’s in Foxx’s (or, your) heart, but I can make an accurate judgement call based on the fruit that he (or, you) bear(s).

  • justamaz

    Idiots come in all colors, but why do we give them a forum to spread their nonsense?

  • justamaz

    Sometimes, Soddi, if you can’t manage anything intelligent, just don’t say anything.

  • moormanator

    Dear Jamie Foxx,

    Far from being funny, your comments are tasteless and offensive to anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ. I doubt that the President found what you had to say even the slightest bit amusing. Just because the Constitution affords you freedom of speech, that in itself is not a license to utter every stupid, lewd and insensitive thought that crosses your mind.

  • Keith69

    Yes, I think Mr. Foxx’s comments were offensive, even blasphemous. And yes, Christians should take it very personally when such comments are made. On the other hand, I don’t think it is constructive or productive when Christians react as strongly as they do when non-believers say and do things that are to be expected from those who do not have a personal relationship with God. Is anything less than pagan behavior expected from pagans? Are we surprised that the self-indulgent, hedonistic entertainment industry convinces itself that the world revolves around their lives, and that any God that might exist is cowering in a corner waiting his turn to speak? Perhaps Christians should put more energy into being the kind of people God asks them to be, and less on expecting the lost world to behave in any other way but lost and deluded.

  • OneCommandment.org

    Jamie Foxx was simply reflecting the feeling among his audience in the room that BHO is their “savior” because of his support for government policies that are intended to “deliver” people with African heritage from the residual effects of human slavery in the United States. We can disagree whether those policies have acheived their intent or perpetuated a dependent culture, of course. However strongly many people would like all of that to go away, the fact that BHO received 97% support among whatever statistical definition of “black” was used for the election shows the resilience of the notion that skin color still matters – enough that there is a strong agreement among “blacks” that they benefit from extreme left policies. So Mr. Foxx was was not trying to be controversial – in fact, he was not taking any risk at all that his comment would be warmly received. His comment was not anti-religious, but irreligious – it had nothing at all to do with Judaic or Christian messiah theology.

  • moormanator

    Agree. As a Christian, I am actually far more reviled by essentially ever utterance that comes out of Pat Robertson’s mouth.

  • moormanator

    It is unkind and unwise to allow stupidity and flagrant insensitivity to go unchecked. That goes double for Pat Robertson.

  • moormanator

    It’s one thing to be irreverent and disrespectful in your own stand-up act, where people are actually paying to listen to your drivel. It is quite a different thing to spew forth your stupidity on a nationally televised event with a 1.4 rating (over 3.7 million viewers). I wonder if BET approved of that little ‘joke’ before it was aired?

  • Secular1

    SinVA, & MM please stop starching your knickers. Thats why you guys get all cranky. We are not living in dar-ul-Islams. Here in the land of th free and brave blasphemy is OK and sometimes very, very, very funny too. Especially seeing you guys with starched knickers getting all worked up, cuz the knickers are scratching some very sensitive parts of your anatomy.

  • persiflage

    All Foxx was doing here was dredging up and re-playing the highly pejorative ‘Obama as messiah’ epithet first presented by the white right during the 2008 campaign.

    In the mean time, the GOP has had every quasi-religious idiot under the sun running for the presidential nomination in the last two elections. If Jamie Foxx were really a mean-spirited guy, the republicans have provided an almost infinite supply of raw material – none of which he chose to use.

    In the mean time, Scott in VA should be reminded that Virginia handed their electoral votes to Obama. You’ve got at least 4 more years of whining ahead of you Scottie, and much longer if we’re very fortunate.

  • persiflage

    ‘I think what Jamie Foxx said is funny, not true, but funny. And all that will happen from that is laughter.’

    True indeed. This was nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek remark – a play on words first generated by republicans in the 2008 campaign run.

    It was originally intended as anything but a humourous comment. Talk about mockery – that was a pristine example.

  • mbeck1

    One side is saying, “He’s the Messiah,” the other that “he’s the Antichrist!”

    He’s neither. He’s just a man.

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