Quentin Tarantino on N-Word, Violence Backlash: Look at something else

Quentin Tarantino on N-Word, Violence Backlash: Look at something else

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Quentin Tarantino has this message for anyone angry with the graphic violence and frequent use of the N-word in his films: “See something else.” The director had no apologies or regrets when recently asked by Chris Wallace about the backlash he often receives from viewers. Tarantino made a guest appearance on Wallace’s HBO Max talk series “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” and said that people who don’t like the content of his movies just shouldn’t see them, period.

“You’re talking about being the conductor and the audience being the orchestra,” Wallace told Tarantino. “So when people say, ‘Well, there’s too much violence in his movies. He uses the N-word too much.’ What do you say?”

“You should see [something else]’ replied Tarantino. ‘Then you must see something else. If you have a problem with my movies, those aren’t the movies to go to. Apparently I don’t make them for you.”

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Tarantino’s use of the N-word in his screenplays has long been championed by his frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson, who has appeared in nearly every Tarantino feature film to date. Tarantino’s critics often cite “Django Unchained” as a problem, as it contains racial slurs nearly 110 times.

“It’s bullshit,” Jackson once said Esquire magazine about the recoil. “You can’t just tell a writer that he can’t talk, can’t write the words, can’t put the words in people’s mouths because of their ethnicity, the way they use their words. You can’t do that, because then it becomes a falsehood; it’s not fair. It’s just not fair.”

Jamie Foxx, the protagonist of “Django Unchained”, also had no problem with Tarantino’s script. Yahoo Entertainment, “I understood the text. The N word was said 100 times, but I understood the lyrics – that’s how it was at the time.

In the Tarantino documentary ‘QT8: The First Eight’, Jackson doubled even harder on his defense of Tarantino’s language.

“You take ’12 Years a Slave,’ which was supposedly made by an author,” Jackson said. “Steve McQueen is very different from Quentin. If you have a song that says [the N-word] in it 300 times no one says shit. So it’s ok for Steve McQueen to use [the N-word] because he artistically attacks the system and the way people think and feel, but Quentin just does it to hit his nails on the board. That is not true. There is no dishonesty in anything [Quentin] writes or how people talk, feel or speak [in his movies].”

Tarantino appeared on Wallace’s HBO show during the press tour for his new book “Cinema Speculation.” The novel is now for sale.

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