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Wherever Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino goes, questions about violence and the use of the n-word in his new film will follow. When he won the Golden Globe for best screenplay, he addressed the n-word issue, using the word itself and shocking the press backstage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino used the slur backstage and over 100 times in Django, which takes place just before the Civil War in the South.
“They think I should soften it, that I should lie, that I should massage,” Tarantino said, referring to people like Spike Lee and others who criticized the film. The director has defended his film, saying that it would be impossible to make an honest film in that setting without using the word.
“I would never do that when it comes to my characters,” Tarantino said.
Tarantino noted last night that slavery is still a problem in the world. “Drug laws put so many black males in jails,” he added. “The way private and public prisons trade prisoners back and forth. It's like they are not even hiding it anymore.”
Shortly after Tarantino shocked the press, House of Lies star Don Cheadle, who picked up his Golden Globe just after Tarantino, joked about the situation, reports, E! News.
“Please no [N-word] questions,” Cheadle, who said he hadn’t seen Django, said. “Black people questions are all right.”
Tarantino’s Globe win came just days after he made headlines for his interview with a British journalist in which he refused to answer questions about the violence in the film.