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Quentin Tarantino brushes off N-word controversy

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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 Vibe.com, "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."

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Dec 24, 2012 5:03PM
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The word was used many times in the biggest mini series "ROOTS' and represents historic accuracies. The word meant ignorant prior to 1990's when it was re-interpreted as an insult to people of color. History is what it is and can not be changed because someone today wants to allow themselves to be offended.
Dec 24, 2012 5:02PM
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The thing I like about a Taratino movie is he doesn't pull any punches. If it's a period movie as this is he will use the language of the time. No sugar coating what went down then. This is what great directors do. Spike Lee needs to go away as he is one of the biggest RACIST in the world and he makes crappy movies. What a douche bag.
Dec 24, 2012 4:57PM
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Roots, the biggest mini series ever produced regarding the history of  slavery days used the word many times as it was historically accurate. The n word actually means :ignorant" and does not make any reference to a persons origions or skin color and was reinvented after the 1990's as an insult to people of color, by people of color.
Dec 24, 2012 4:54PM
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"You can't expect repect, if you don't respect yourself first"  Enough said Mr. Lee!

Dec 24, 2012 4:54PM
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"Hay Spike" Wa Wa Wa Wa When was the last time you turned out a quality movie?
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