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Samuel L. Jackson defends Quentin Tarantino over 'Django Unchained'


Samuel L. Jackson has stepped up to defend director Quentin Tarantino over the racially charged language in his acclaimed new movie "Django Unchained."

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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?"

Jan 16, 2013 10:35AM
Spike lee is a racist himself. He soar because he didnt do something like this first!!!
Jan 16, 2013 10:46AM
If you don't like the word, don't watch the movie.  Simple
Jan 16, 2013 10:47AM
I greatly appreciated the film.  Coming from the perspective of a pampered white boy living the kush life I was more disturbed by the audience' reactiions.  They thought the whole film was a joke.  Yes, there were humorous moments but at its core this was a very revealing emotional film (even in the thematic sense).  Its like white people can acknowledge the 'sins of our fathers' with the slavery and discrimination, but when someone shows us the grimy details of the horrendous acts committed some puff out there chest and call it obscenity.  Ive never rooted more for the white man to get whats coming to him, and Im usually a lovey dovey hippie dippie.
Jan 16, 2013 10:57AM

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.

Jan 16, 2013 7:14AM

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.

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