Monday 27 June 2022 12:15 AM Samuel L. Jackson takes aim at SCOTUS and calls Justice Thomas 'Uncle Clarence' trends now
Actor Samuel L Jackson has dubbed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas 'Uncle Clarence' after the conservative justice wrote an opinion defending the court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade - and suggested using the logic to overturn other landmark decisions.
'Uncle Clarence' is an apparent reference to the eponymous character of abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, who was widely seen as compliant and subservient to his white masters.
In his tweet on Saturday, the Marvel Cinematic Universe actor wrote: 'How’s Uncle Clarence feeling about overturning Loving v Virginia??!!'
The 1967 case declared that state bans on interracial marriages violated the Equal Process Clause and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
The decision apparently led to Thomas getting married to Virginia Lamp, a white woman, 20 years later.
But in his opinion defending the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade on Friday, and eliminate a woman's Constitutional right to an abortion, Thomas suggested the court should consider overturning other landmark decisions.
Renowned actor Samuel L Jackson, left, accused conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of being an 'Uncle Clarence' following his opinion supporting the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade
Thomas was married to Virginia Lamp, a white woman, in 1987 - 20 years after the landmark Loving v Virginia case which allowed for interracial marriage
The Marvel Cinematic Universe actor asked Thomas how he feels about overturning that decision after he called for the court to 'reconsider' other decisions using the same premise
The 74-year-old conservative judge - the only black man on the Supreme Court - called for his colleagues to 'reconsider' and potentially overturn other cases decided on the legal authority of 'substantive due process.'
Substantive due process refers to the idea that people have fundamental rights that are not specifically laid out in the Constitution - and was the basis for a number of landmark cases including Loving v Virginia.
'In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell,' Thomas wrote.
He was specifically referring to the 1965 Griswold v Connecticut decision, which allows married couples to access birth control; and the 2003 Lawrence v Texas decision, which forbids states from outlawing consensual gay sex.
That decision ultimately led up to the 2015 Obergefell v Hodges decision that established a Constitutional right to gay marriage.
The Obergefell case also rested on the precedent of the Loving decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled: 'There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.'
Still, Thomas notably did not mention the Loving case as one he thought the court should overturn.
The Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v Virginia decision that 'There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.' The decision allowed for the marriage of Richard Perry Loving, right, and his wife, Mildred, left
Thomas was one of five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the Roe v Wade decision on Friday, which granted women a constitutional right to an abortion
With his tweet on Saturday, Samuel L Jackson joined the ranks of celebrities speaking out against Friday's Supreme Court decision rolling back nearly five decades of a women's right to get an abortion.
It will now be up to each individual state to determine whether to legalize gay marriage, and at least 18 states have now banned abortions - and the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are 'certain or likely' to ban the procedure.
At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade, saying: 'This song goes out to the justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh.'
She then called British pop star Lily Allen to the stage, and the two performed her 2009 hit F**k You in response to
Rodrigo also said she was 'devastated and terrified' by the SCOTUS ruling.
‘Today is a very, very special day. This is actually my first Glastonbury, and I’m sharing the stage with Lily [Allen] which is the biggest dream come true ever. But I’m also equally as heartbroken,' she said.
'I'm devastated and terrified [by the ruling] and so many women and girls are going to die because of this.'
'I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who showed us at the end of the day they truly don't give a s*** about freedom.'
After her words prompted huge applause from the audience, the Good 4 U singer went on to address the SCOTUS justices individually, calling them each out by name before introducing her guest performer.
‘Someone that I absolutely adore is here today,' she said of Allen. 'I think she’s the