Quentin Tarantino’s latest release “Django Unchained” is getting both rave reviews and immense criticism all at the same time. The film, which hit theaters on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, is getting great reviews due to an awesome story and fantastic performances from the big-name cast. As far as the criticism, the use of the dreaded “n-word” in “Django Unchained” is drawing both cheers and jeers from numerous people.
Reports state that the n-word is spoken roughly 110 times throughout the duration of “Django Unchained.” Roger Ebert points out though, that amount is still about 100 times less than in Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.”
Different celebrities and critics are touching upon this controversial topic in multiple ways. Some believe that Tarantino had to do it to bring about realism to the film’s time period while others believe it is just disrespectful and unnecessary.
“I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it. All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me…I’m not speaking on behalf on anybody else.”
He then Tweeted: “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”
“Doesn’t it take place like during slavery? Wouldn’t it be odd if they didn’t have that horrific word in it?” said Silverman to TMZ. “[Spike’s] got a lot of mishegas with a lot of art. I think you can’t really tell art what to do.”
Star of “Django Unchained” – Jamie Foxx:
“We wanted it to be like that on the set because at that time that’s just how they labeled us. There wasn’t any other way around it. If you don’t feel affected by the word n****r and being called that – feel bad and all types of things like that then you’re not human. Even when Leo (DiCaprio) had to say it a whole lot he had to back up and Samuel L. Jackson had to say, “Get over it man,” because this is what it was.”
Quentin Tarantino – Director of “Django Unchained”:
“Well, you know if you’re going to make a movie about slavery and are taking a 21st-century viewer and putting them in that time period, you’re going to hear some things that are going to be ugly, and you’re going see some things that are going be ugly. That’s just part and parcel of dealing truthfully with this story, with this environment, with this land.
“Personally, I find [Spike Lee’s criticism] ridiculous. Because it would be one thing if people are out there saying, “You use it much more excessively in this movie than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi.” Well, nobody’s saying that. And if you’re not saying that, you’re simply saying I should be lying. I should be watering it down. I should be making it more easy to digest.
Peter Travers of “Rolling Stone”:
“There’s something here to offend everyone. Revenge fantasies don’t leave much room for moral lessons. Django is out for blood. So is Tarantino, but he doesn’t sacrifice his humanity or conscience to do it.”
Roger Ebert of the “Chicago Sun Times”:
“I think Tarantino’s script deliberately overuses the word to remind us of how it was originally used in this country. It wasn’t an affectionate term used by one black man to describe a friend; it wasn’t part of a rhyming scheme in a hip-hop song. It was a word the white man spat out to describe human beings he kept in shackles because he owned them, just like he owned his land and his horses. The constant use of the term here is a jolting reminder of why it’s such an obscenity.”
“Django Unchained” is now playing in theaters everywhere and stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Jonah Hill, Don Johnson, and many more.
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