And, unless you’ve been under a rock, you no doubt know that his new film, “Django Unchained,” is as controversial as it gets. Besides the depictions of America’s slave era, most of the controversy about the film is what some would call excessive use of the N-word.
Speaking of which, as we reported last week, the Drudge Report posted a photo of the director its front page with the N-word written below it seven times and was linked to The Hollywood Reporter‘s review of “Django” without any further context.
Naturally Drudge’s stunt caused a lot of controversy. So when Tarantino spoke with MTV, he was asked for his reaction.
“Well, it’s just ridiculous,” the director said, referring to the provocative headline. “I can’t really take it seriously. Again, consider the source, the Drudge Report. They’re going to say anything that’s going to offend me, bother me. They are who they are.”
When approaching the sensitive topic of slavery and invoking such a racially charged word as often as he does, Tarantino had one major factor on his side of the argument: history.
“I think it’s kind of ridiculous, because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can’t say that, what they’re basically [saying] is I should lie,” he argued. “I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don’t lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.”
“Django Unchained” – starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson – opens everywhere on Christmas Day.