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Quentin Tarantino uses the N-word to answer question, people are shocked for some reason

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January

Some members of the entertainment press are trying to make hay over the fact that Quentin Tarantino actually used the dreaded N-word when discussing the dreaded N-word in the press room after the Golden Globes on Sunday night. That's right, dial up the righteous indignation machine to 11, because we're about to quote Tarantino. Prepare yourself.

When asked if he thought about not using the term when making Django Unchained -- which is about a slave killing slaveowners in the pre-Civil War South, if you haven't heard -- Tarantino didn't hedge at all. "No, not really because ... if somebody's out there actually saying it when it comes to the word n-----, that the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was used back in the Antebellum South in Mississippi in 1858, well, then they might have a, you know, then feel free to make that case. But no one is actually making that case. So in other words, what they’re actually saying is I should soften it, they're saying I should lie, they're saying I I should white wash, they're saying I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters." (Watch video of the Q&A above.)

A lot of accounts of this interview say all the reporters got really quiet and you can actually hear someone whistle low, as if Quentin had committed some egregious sin that can never be forgiven. Never mind that he only said the word that was being discussed, and not calling anyone that. Even Don Cheadle got up afterward and joked, "Please no n----- questions. Black people questions are all right."

This is the kind of out-of-context, overblown faux outrage that make people hate the media. Sure Spike Lee has been on Tarantino's case, but expressing shock the man himself said the word he uses so often in his movies, especially in context of a revenge fantasy about a black man murdering evil white people, is a bit disingenuous. Really, have you never seen any of the man's movies?

[Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 4:20pm]

    

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