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Quentin Tarantino Defends His Use Of The N-Word And Violence In Django Unchained

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Whatever happened to artistic license?!

Quentin Tarantino has been under fire for his use of the N-word and depiction of slavery in Django Unchained, but he doesn't think there is anything wrong with it.

The famed director explains:

"Well, you know if you're going to make a movie about slavery and are taking a 21st-century viewer and putting them in that time period, you're going to hear some things that are going to be ugly, and you're going see some things that are going be ugly. That's just part and parcel of dealing truthfully with this story, with this environment, with this land."

Quentin went on to say that his goal was not to make viewers comfortable, but for the film's words to feel like " a big, gigantic boulder, a jagged pill" with no glass of water to help wash it down.

You know what? If the use of derogatory words lends itself to the story-telling, and is intended to enhance the authenticity of the art, then what is the big problem?! It's a period piece. That is the REALITY of that time in our history.

If we heard Quentin using the N-word on the daily, then THAT would be cause for concern.

Obviously, not many of his fans seem to have a problem with it!! LOLz

Pick your battles, Spike Lee!

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13 comments to “Quentin Tarantino Defends His Use Of The N-Word And Violence In Django Unchained

  1. MB says – reply to this


    Hey, for the sake of art, he should really be allowed to say or do whatever the fuck he wants to, no matter what, and then let ratings deal with it. If he's cool with whatever rating his art gets, then….

  2. 2

    He is right. History must be portrayed as accurately as possible. Can you imagine a WWII movie where the Nazis are nice to the Jews, or a period piece where the women are treated as equals?

  3. Hump-ty Dumptie says – reply to this


    Tarantino, Lynch, Coen. All overrated garbage.

  4. Natasha says – reply to this


    Re: rosebud99 – OH MY GOODNESS YES!! I do not even see how this is an issue even one little bit that is so dumb to me!

  5. 5

    Last week BET ran the mini series ROOTS, and the N word was used multiple times, yet Spike Lee did not condemn them or Alex Haley for writing the book and the use of the word. People are getting uncomfortable about the minutia, if you feel so compelled as to not want to see this movie for the use of a particular word then so be it, but there are other topics that people seem to be rather comfortable with that are also considered unacceptable and uncomfortable for others such as promiscuity, foul language, rape, murder, violence….so be consistent about it is all I have to say. If you find a few topics uncomfortable but take a stance on only one to be PC then you are a hypocrit……like Spike Lee

  6. eurekagold says – reply to this


    Re: HateMachine – very well said! Great points!

    I went and saw this movie the day after Christmas, and yes the N word is said a lot, but so what! It takes place BEFORE the civil war even began, when slavery was still legal and that word was tossed around freely. Spike Lees' a freaking cry baby; can't stand that troll! People need to get over it.

  7. 7

    Based on the year that the film takes place, it would be extremely awkward NOT to have the word used.

  8. ok says – reply to this


    Why is Spike Lee so mad? My black friends found it hilarious and highly recommend this movie to be watched. Spike Lee need to stfu and face history reality.

  9. 9

    what about pulp fiction? The N word was used a lot in there as well. Just saying

  10. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Have no problem with him using the N word, but 110 times seems excessive. But then QTs movies are all very excessive with violence and language. Last film of his I saw was Pulp Fiction, which was OK. A bit too violent for my taste but to each their own.
    Spike Lee needs to get a life though.

  11. hugh jorgen says – reply to this


    frankenstein's son is a shock jock. Talentless

  12. 12

    So..A movie that takes place in the south, during the slavery period and people are shocked by the use of the N word? This is like the chick-fil-a crap. People asked a known Christian conservative man who has his business closed on sundays his opinion on gay marriage and they were shocked..Are people will this stupid?

  13. jmg says – reply to this


    It was a big mistake for Spike Lee to speak out against the movie Django. That is becoming even more clear now that Django is gaining widespread acceptance across the country among even the black people. For him to carry on with all of these complaints about the movie Django only makes him look extremely hypocritical and jealous.

    Ask yourself this question: If a black person created the movie Django, do you think that Spike Lee would have complained so much about it? This issue is so similar to the double standard that so many black people have where they get angry if a non-black person uses the "N word" while they find it acceptable for a black person to say it.