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Quentin Tarantino brushes off N-word controversy


Quentin Tarantino has brushed off criticism of the racially-charged language used in his latest movie "Django Unchained," insisting the script reflects the reality of the time period. The western, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858 but the repeated use of the N-word has caused some controversy.

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Stars including fellow director Spike Lee have taken aim at Tarantino for his choice of words, with the moviemaker telling, "I am not going to see it (the film). All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

He added in a post on Twitter, "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honor them."

However, Tarantino argues that history is on his side when it comes to the sensitive topic of slavery. He tells MTV News, "I think it's kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."

Dec 24, 2012 1:22PM
Spike Lee needs to sit down and just make his own movies rather than constantly talking about other directors. I'm African American and I do not see how it's "disrespectful to my ancestors." for using the word in a slavery time movie. I remember him using it quite often in his movies "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever". I bet his argument will be, well I'm black it's ok for me to do it. People really need to think before they speak and look at themselves before criticizing others.
Dec 24, 2012 12:06PM
Speaking of a Holocaust...Tarantino has a brave and even rather admirable German prisoner calling his captors "Jew dogs," in Tarantino's WWII hit movie "Inglorious Bastards." No one complained about the character using that term, because it was exactly what that man would have said at that time.
Dec 24, 2012 4:05PM
Spike Lee is a hypocrite and no longer relevant. He simply wants to draw attention to his crappy movies. Also, Spike... The Knicks SUCK!
Dec 24, 2012 4:03PM
If you censor history regardless of if its racist, there will be nothing to stop it from happening again.It happened deal with it, everyother race has been enslaved and what not, the only ones who still bitch aboutit are american blacks. Not mention the fact the didnt even get it that bad compared to alot of other races and religions, and the end result of it is they are now handed everything on a silver plater.
Dec 24, 2012 4:15PM
Spike Lee is one of the biggest racists in the world. He hates everyone who isn't black. SMH.
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