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Samuel L Jackson quote on overpaid rappers and underpaid teachers is fake

“Maybe if we under-paid these modern mumble rappers and over-paid teachers, we'd have smarter kids and less shi**y music,” reads a screenshot of what seems to be US actor and film producer Samuel L Jackson’s Twitter bio.

The image has been widely shared on Facebook in Kenya and South Africa.

But it’s fake.



Many different versions of quote


There are number of screenshots showing similar messages from Jackson out there. Interestingly, all differ.

One concludes with “smarter kids and less shi**y music” while another uses “smarter people in the future and less shitty music”.

The screenshots feature different portraits of Jackson in the profile pic. One posted on Imgur even shows him in the company of fellow actors John Travolta and Phil LaMarron on the set of the movie Pulp Fiction in 1994.

Quote not in Jackson’s Twitter account


Then there’s the format of screenshots. In some versions, the text appears in bold and in a different font to the one used by Twitter.

If Jackson did write the quote on his Twitter bio, why are screenshots of it all so different?

Jackson’s verified Twitter account @SamuelLJackson has been online since September 2009.

Africa Check searched all 3,415 tweets on the account and could not find the quote.

US fact-checking site Snopes also investigated the quote and concluded it was a hoax. – Dancan Bwire (23/04/19)

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