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Antoine Fuqua backs Quentin Tarantino over 'Django Unchained' criticism


Director Antoine Fuqua has defended Quentin Tarantino over Spike Lee's allegations that his new film, "Django Unchained," is "disrespectful" to African-American history.

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In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, Lee took aim at Tarantino's new movie, which focuses on a freed slave, played by Jamie Foxx, who seeks revenge on an evil plantation owner. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," Lee said. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

Fuqua says the director should have privately approached Tarantino if he had an issue with the project. "That's just not the way you do things," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don't do it publicly. I don't think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I'm good friends with Jamie Foxx and he wouldn't have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it."

Fuqua says the film's content is an accurate portrayal of attitudes in 19th-century America. "I haven't seen the film, so I can't speak about it specifically," Fuqua said. "But we're supposed to find some truth in films, and if you set a film in the 1850s, you're going to hear the word 'n-----,' because that's the way they spoke then, and you're going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality. I want my kids to hear those kinds of words in the right context, so that they'll know that language is not OK."

Dec 31, 2012 3:48PM

hmmmm. But the Wayans brothers can make White Chicks and totally make white women look like ****es and its ok... gotta love the double standards there.


Dec 31, 2012 12:15PM
It's funny how someone who is a racists and has given a wrong number of a person base on the color of their skin can comment on anything? Must guess is when your a half pint and couldn,t fight your way out of a paper bag you compensated with a big mouth!
Jan 2, 2013 6:38PM
you folks are using White Chicks as THE example of a double standard?  What sad days these are.

White Chicks was a terrible a was insulting not cuz it was trying to lampoon white was insulting cuz it was just terrible....terrible cinema.  IT offended my ancestors.

Jan 1, 2013 4:24PM

Yeah, it’s not right anyway you cut it... hardly comparable to almost 100 years (and counting) of overt and subliminal movie racism from whites... but yeah, White Chicks was pretty racist.

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