Quentin Tarantino Denies Stealing the Idea For ‘Django Unchained’ From Kanye West

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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While on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Ye made claimed that Quentin Tarantino “got the idea” for 2012 film Django Unchained from the Donda 2 rapper.

Kanye West recently claimed that Quentin Tarantino “got the idea” for the 2012 slave epic Django Unchained from him. However, the movie’s director, Quentin Tarantino, now disputes this claim.

While visiting Piers Morgan Uncensored last week for a heated debate, the Donda 2 artist claimed that he originally pitched a film idea similar to Django Unchained to Tarantino.

Ye says that while brainstorming the idea for his 2005 music video “Gold Digger” – which featured Jamie Foxx — he came up with the original proposal for the visual which featured a similar premise to Django Unchained. Ultimately, the music video was directed by Ye’s frequent collaborator Hype Williams and featured the rapper-producer dancing with various pin-up models.

“Tarantino can write a movie about slavery, where actually — him and Jamie — they got the idea from me, because the idea for ‘Django’ I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for “Gold Digger.” And then Tarantino turned it into a film,” the artist formerly known as Kanye West said in the interview.

The response was given after Morgan asked, “Do you believe there are limits to free speech, and if there are, what are they?” The Yeezy founder elaborated by saying that Django has an absence of limits to free speech, as racial slurs are used abundantly throughout the film.

Taratino denied Ye’s accusations on a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday evening, saying that there is “no truth” to the rapper’s claims.

“I’d had the idea for a while before I ever met Kanye,” explained Tarantino about Django Unchained, adding that Ye wanted to do a movie version of his debut album The College Dropout, with different directors filming visuals for the album’s tracks.

“He did have an idea for a video, and I do think it was for the “Gold Digger” video, that he would be a slave,” added Tarantino. “And the whole thing was the slave narrative, where he’s the slave, and he’s singing “Gold Digger.” And it was very funny. It was a really, really funny idea.”

He continued, “It was meant to be ironic. It’s like a huge musical. I mean, like, no expenses spared, all right? With him in this, like, slave rag outfit doing everything. Then that was also part of the pushback on it. But, I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”

This story was updated on Friday, October 28.

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