Quentin Tarantino set the Golden Globe Awards press room ablaze on Sunday night when the controversial Django Unchained writer/director used the word ‘N**ger’ during a discussion about the use of that very word.
The N-word is employed numerous times throughout Django Unchained’s 165 minute run time. The movie itself is about a liberated slave who turns into a bounty hunter in antebellum Mississippi. While the movie’s premise may have some redeeming attributes for freed slaves, the use of the controversial word has been a point of contention in the African American community for weeks.
When asked if using the N-word during the making of Django Unchained made him uncomfortable, Tarantino responded:
“If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word n—–, the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum south in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case. But no one’s actually making that case. They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”
Reporters who listened to Quentin use the word seemed uncomfortable with its use; however, comedian Don Cheadle had a different approach when he walked up on stage, telling reporters:
“Please no n—– questions. Black people questions are alright.”
Perhaps Quentin Tarantino is correct: Maybe Django Unchained did fall in line with the use of the controversial word. Then again, perhaps he just used the reporter’s question and his own response to watch members of the press squirm in their seats a little bit.