Quentin Tarantino isn’t backing down from viewers offended by the use of the N-word in his films. While on HBO Max talk show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, the Once Upon A Time in Hollywood director spoke about those who disagree with the slur being said by his movie characters.
“You talk about being the conductor and the audience being the orchestra,” host Chris Wallace told Tarantino. “So when people say, ‘Well there’s too much violence in his movies. He uses the N-word too often.’ You say what?”
“You should see [something else],” Tarantino responded. “Then see something else. If you have a problem with my movies then they aren’t the movies to go see. Apparently I’m not making them for you.”
Tarantino has long received outcries about the N-word being in his screenplays including 2012 slavery epic Django Unchained, where the slur is used nearly 110 times.
Samuel L. Jackson, who appeared in Django amongst other Tarantino films, told Esquire that the N-word outrage was “some bitches.”
“You can’t just tell a writer he can’t talk, write the words, put the words in the mouths of the people from their ethnicities, the way that they use their words,” Jackson continued. “You cannot do that, because then it becomes an untruth; it’s not honest. It’s just not honest.”
Also catching shade from Tarantino on podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cave was Marvel Studios, specifically Captain American actor Chris Evans. To the Kill Bill director, Evans isn’t the franchise’s star, but rather, the fictional Captain America.
“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino said. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times…but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”
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