Since plugging his latest project, actor Jimmie ‘J.J.’ Walker has found himself 2-more minutes of fame. After many years out of the game, the comedian has people talking about his memoir and now his unwarranted position on same-sex marriage.
Now, more than 30 years after the classic 70s sitcom Good Times went off the air, the eldest of the Evans is opening up about any and everything. In his new memoir, Dy-no-mite, the comedian reveals secrets from the Good Times set and relationship with leading actors John Amos and Esther Rolle. Because of this- and only because of this- CNN sat down with Walker to discuss his political views, gay marriage stance and adapting to playing J.J. on Good Times.
Check out some of the highlights from the interview:
CNN: How do you describe yourself politically?
Walker: I’m a realist independent. I’m against affirmative action because we’re at a point now where some things outlive their usefulness.
CNN: You’re also against gay marriage.
Walker: Yeah I am. There’s just certain traditions that need to be upheld. I’ll give you the other side of it, no it doesn’t affect me, no it doesn’t change my life. There’s just traditions that need to be dealt with. I’m a believer that gay marriage should be passed because the battle is not worth the war. The gay lobby is very loud. I’m totally against it.
In 100 years from now, people are going to go, ‘Who was against gay marriage?’ And I’ll be one of those idiots and say, ‘That’s me.’ I’m just against it on moral grounds, that’s it. I’m as much a heathen as anybody. I just don’t believe on moral grounds it should be done. I don’t like it, I don’t accept it.
CNN: Were you hurt by John Amos’ or Esther Rolle’s (negative) comments? (The pair were quoted as complaining about the direction of the show in making Walker’s character the lead and what they viewed as the series’ negative imagery.)
Walker: No not at all. The reality is I never spoke to them. I’ve been on the phone with you for three minutes. That’s more time than I ever spoke to them. Being a stand-up, I was mainly in the clubs. My time on the show was actually very relaxing because it got me away from my writers. I didn’t have to listen to the moans and groans of my writers. I had 31 writers. Everyone had a complaint about something.
CNN: You say that you’re a black sheep in the black community.
Walker: Some of the stuff that happened on our show, it made it look like we were, as they say, ‘not black enough.’ The black community kind of turned a little on us. It was kind of like Tiger Woods where they don’t embrace him because he plays golf ,and it’s not a black sport.