Vince Vaughn Says Affirmative Action Is Racist

Actor Vince Vaughn in 2014
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Actor Vince Vaughn in 2014
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Vince Vaughn normally plays a jerk in his movies. But who knew that Vaughn was a jerk in real life? According to Vaughn in his new Playboy interview, affirmative action is racist.


So says the rich white man.

In the interview, Vaughn discusses his newest movie, which I don’t care about, but the Q&A session veered into politics when Playboy asked him about his allegiance to Ron Paul, and then whether he believed in affirmative action:

So you’re not a fan of affirmative action?

I’ll answer that with a question. Do you believe that using race as a factor in evaluating a person is a good way to operate?

The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.

But then you’re evaluating someone based on race, which is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.

I think history has proven without a doubt that the proper role of government is to protect individuals’ rights and liberties. That has always been the most prosperous, freest society for people to live in. And when government gets too involved, society turns into a place that gets very, very ugly. But I think we’ve walked more into Crossfire here than Playboy.

So says the rich white man who has never had to rely on affirmative action to get a job. Maybe someone should tell Vaughn that the people who have mostly benefited from affirmative action are white women, like his wife.

But lucky for him, Vaughn was born a tall white man who’ll never have to realize how hard it is when your skin is brown, and your education supersedes that of your white counterpart, but the job still goes to the white counterpart.

Now I wish I hadn’t watched any of his movies.