Samuel L. Jackson has stepped up to defend director Quentin Tarantino over the racially charged language in his acclaimed new movie "Django Unchained."
The movie, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858 and has drawn heavy criticism as well as praise. Many critics have accused Tarantino of overusing controversial language and racial slurs, and even fellow director Spike Lee branded the movie "disrespectful" and vowed to boycott it.
However, Jackson, who plays a head slave on a plantation in the film, is adamant Tarantino was staying true to history by using the N-word. "Did they have another name to call the (black) people they were talking about at the time?" Jackson said. "If you're going to deal with the language of the time, you deal with the language of the time. And that was the language of the time. I grew up in the South. I heard 'n--ger' all my life. I'm not disturbed by it."
Jackson has worked with Lee on several projects, recently completing filming with him on a remake of 2003 South Korean film "Oldboy," and he insists he hasn't talked to the director about the "Django Unchained" controversy. "I can't talk to him about something he hasn't seen," he said. "I probably won't have a conversation with him about it, unless he brings it up. I won't bring it up -- 'Hey, why didn't you see my movie?' I don't care if he sees it or not ... I haven't had a conversation with Quentin about whether he likes Spike or doesn't like Spike. And I never had a conversation with Spike about whether he likes Quentin or doesn't like Quentin ... I really don't know. I don't know if it's jealousy. Who would be jealous of whom?"
It's odd to me that a WORD is at the center of controversy in a film (which I enjoyed) that shows so much blood shed. Even a poor horse gets it's head half blown off.
A word..........I think that is silly, stupid and sad.
ive lived in the south most of my life and ive heard the n word used by both black and white for over 50 yrs.just think how it was used back in the mid to late 1800s. it wasnt disrespectful back then its just what the blackx were called.if you trace the beginnings of the word it comes from NIGER in africa.