Friday, May 7, 2021

Quentin Tarantino: Screw What Black Critics Say About ‘Django Unchained’


*Quentin Tarantino is bringing a lot of hate on himself with speaking his mind lately.

And his latest comments regarding Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” and black critics of his film “Django Unchained” aren’t doing him any favors as he voices exactly what he feels  DuVernay’s historical drama should’ve gotten..

“She did a really good job on ‘Selma,’ but ‘Selma’ deserved an Emmy,” Tarantino told acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis during an interview for the New York Times Style Magazine.

The 52-year-old filmmaker’s comments came after confessing that he’s OK with losing out on Oscars for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Director to “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. At the time, Tarantino’s film, “Inglorious Bastards,” was nominated for honors in those categories.

Regarding the comment on “Selma,” Ellis didn’t go into why Tarantino said what he said, but did mention that the director’s 2012 film “’Django Unchained,’ with its depictions of antebellum-era institutionalized racism and Mandingo fights and black self-hatred, is a much more shocking and forward-thinking movie than Selma, and audiences turned it into the biggest hit of Tarantino’s career.”

Tarantino touched on all the hate that rained down on “Django” from black critics, saying the criticism didn’t bother him, according to Complex, which noted that the filmmaker has been taken to task over the years for his use of the N-word in movies he’s helmed that include “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown” as well as “Django.”

“But when the black critics came out with savage think pieces about Django, I couldn’t have cared less,” Tarantino shared with Ellis. “If people don’t like my movies, they don’t like my movies, and if they don’t get it, it doesn’t matter.”

Despite him not caring about the hate for “Django,” the criticism does look to have gotten to Tarantino.

“The bad taste that was left in my mouth had to do with this: It’s been a long time since the subject of a writer’s skin was mentioned as often as mine,” Tarantino told Ellis. “You wouldn’t think the color of a writer’s skin should have any effect on the words themselves. In a lot of the more ugly pieces my motives were really brought to bear in the most negative way. It’s like I’m some super-villain coming up with this stuff.’’

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