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Jan. 4, 2013by: Alex Maidy

I had the pleasure of viewing DJANGO UNCHAINED last night and absolutely loved it. It is Tarantino at his best and is a hell of a lot of fun, whether you like westerns or not. The great thing about it is that it works both as a movie for the general movie-goer and a pop culture reference filled homage to cult classic films for the film buff.

There are two main controversies with DJANGO UNCHAINED: the violence and the language. The violence is completely over the top most of the time, much like the old spaghetti westerns, which is an intentional move by Tarantino. The language, specifically the use of the N-word, is causing discomfort for many, including director Spike Lee who refuses to see the movie, calling it racist.

The use of the word is excessive, but does not seem to be gratuitous. Obviously the mid-1800s were a different place than today and that word was very commonplace. While that does not make it okay, could Tarantino had made a movie that takes place before the Civil War and not use that word?

In a recent interview with Houston film critic Jake Hamilton, Samuel L. Jackson was asked a question regarding the N-word specifically. Jackson refused to answer the question unless Hamilton, who is white, said the word out loud. What followed is both funny and uncomfortable, a clear example of how much power that word still holds in American society.

The video is about 15 minutes long and very good, but skip ahead to 13:50 to see the showdown with Samuel L. Jackson.

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Extra Tidbit: Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are going to have a showdown for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars this year.
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9:22AM on 01/28/2013

Awesome

By far this is one of the best interviews ever!, This kid knows how to do his job, and despite the fact of the "n---" word, that leads him to not being able to ask his question, it was awesome to see that every one was respectful and the kid didn't say the word because he didn't want to. He was not THAT intimidated and also Jackson didn't push THAT much. Respect always open doors, and is also wonderful to see an interview from the perspective of a movie fan, those are the guys that should
By far this is one of the best interviews ever!, This kid knows how to do his job, and despite the fact of the "n---" word, that leads him to not being able to ask his question, it was awesome to see that every one was respectful and the kid didn't say the word because he didn't want to. He was not THAT intimidated and also Jackson didn't push THAT much. Respect always open doors, and is also wonderful to see an interview from the perspective of a movie fan, those are the guys that should always make interview because as Tarantino said, they (in this case He) makes movie for people like this guy.
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9:32AM on 01/07/2013

Damn!

I watched the movie last night, and though I thought it could have been shorter, it was a damn good flick. I can't wait to watch it again.
I watched the movie last night, and though I thought it could have been shorter, it was a damn good flick. I can't wait to watch it again.
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2:41PM on 01/06/2013
I like Sam Jackson as much as the next guy, and I'll watch him in anything, but he's been acting like a real pr*ck lately, especially. This interview for one (I would have been extremely uncomfortable and irritated if someone was attempting to coerce me into saying a phrase I wasn't ok with), and his latest proclamation that he deserved the Oscar for "Pulp Fiction" and that hardly anyone remembers Martin Landau in "Ed Wood".
Sounds to me like someone thinks he's a bit more important than he is.
I like Sam Jackson as much as the next guy, and I'll watch him in anything, but he's been acting like a real pr*ck lately, especially. This interview for one (I would have been extremely uncomfortable and irritated if someone was attempting to coerce me into saying a phrase I wasn't ok with), and his latest proclamation that he deserved the Oscar for "Pulp Fiction" and that hardly anyone remembers Martin Landau in "Ed Wood".
Sounds to me like someone thinks he's a bit more important than he is.
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4:35AM on 01/05/2013
That is how you interview cast and crew from a film, do your homework on all their films, and ask real questions, non of this generic crap we always get from other interviewers! That kid should interview more, a lot more!

That is how you interview cast and crew from a film, do your homework on all their films, and ask real questions, non of this generic crap we always get from other interviewers! That kid should interview more, a lot more!

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4:00AM on 01/05/2013
I feel the same way if Sam Jackson would be doing that to me.
I feel the same way if Sam Jackson would be doing that to me.
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11:14PM on 01/04/2013

hmmm.

that was rather interesting Sam jackson your the fuckin man :) seriously hes the man I can't wait to see this damn movie already I've been waitin for someone to go with.
that was rather interesting Sam jackson your the fuckin man :) seriously hes the man I can't wait to see this damn movie already I've been waitin for someone to go with.
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8:55PM on 01/04/2013
The use of the word "nigger" is not why Spike Lee refuses to see the film, and why some like myself were not impressed. The gratuitous focus on slavery when the film is really only concerned with being a personal vendetta spaghetti western that's "just for fun" is the problem. I know not too many here share my view on this, but I just feel the need to clarify that saying 'nigger', particularly in this historical context, is not our issue.
The use of the word "nigger" is not why Spike Lee refuses to see the film, and why some like myself were not impressed. The gratuitous focus on slavery when the film is really only concerned with being a personal vendetta spaghetti western that's "just for fun" is the problem. I know not too many here share my view on this, but I just feel the need to clarify that saying 'nigger', particularly in this historical context, is not our issue.
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9:58PM on 01/04/2013
Fuck you, "our issue". Can I please not like a movie simply based on personal preference, without someone injecting their own retarded "I'm squeamish about slavery" agenda into my opinion, asshole? That's YOUR issue, NOT mine. I just thought the editing was terrible.
Fuck you, "our issue". Can I please not like a movie simply based on personal preference, without someone injecting their own retarded "I'm squeamish about slavery" agenda into my opinion, asshole? That's YOUR issue, NOT mine. I just thought the editing was terrible.
11:14PM on 01/04/2013
Hm. As implied I've met plenty opposition on this matter... I wrote an editorial about it for another site and the comments section went more or less bonkers... but your reaction is by far the most presumptuous and least respectful. So... good for you? "Our" issue because there are others who feel the same way I do. And if you read my comment, brief as it is, I am not saying being squeamish about the evils of slavery is the issue. I am saying that through repeatedly bombarding us with these
Hm. As implied I've met plenty opposition on this matter... I wrote an editorial about it for another site and the comments section went more or less bonkers... but your reaction is by far the most presumptuous and least respectful. So... good for you? "Our" issue because there are others who feel the same way I do. And if you read my comment, brief as it is, I am not saying being squeamish about the evils of slavery is the issue. I am saying that through repeatedly bombarding us with these evils, the film puts itself in a place where it becomes its responsibility to address this greater fight surrounding its characters, yet it decides to walk the opposite direction and focus on more selfish retribution instead.
To most who have opposed this stance and illustrated their own respective points of view, I have honestly said I respect where they are coming from and appreciate their input. You, on the other hand, clearly have some personal issues to work out and do not per your response deserve a lick of respect. I'm sure this tickles you.
3:36PM on 01/04/2013
Look I am with Jackson on this one & really seems like he was wanting him to say it. Everyone seems more curious as to how Jackson would have reacted if the guy had said the word nigger. Jackson ain't no hypocrite like Spike Lee is who puts it in his films also yet can't handle when someone outside the black race says it. My guess would be Jackson would have just shrugged it off like he wouldn't have given a shit,but however the media would have blown it out of proportion as to why he
Look I am with Jackson on this one & really seems like he was wanting him to say it. Everyone seems more curious as to how Jackson would have reacted if the guy had said the word nigger. Jackson ain't no hypocrite like Spike Lee is who puts it in his films also yet can't handle when someone outside the black race says it. My guess would be Jackson would have just shrugged it off like he wouldn't have given a shit,but however the media would have blown it out of proportion as to why he didn't react,so in a way it's a lose/lose situation. Quite smart on Jackson's part if you think about it. Bottom line is controversy is created for the purpose of making headlines. Enough already about people using the word nigger or faggot, because admit it we have all said it without any remorse or guilt.

EDIT - After watching it now seems more tongue in cheek than anything but leave it to other medias to blow it into something more. I guess that was Sam's way of sticking it to the white man, otherwise why would he have laughed about it at the end?
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6:38AM on 01/05/2013
I'm sure it wasn't his way of sticking it to the white man. I think Jackson just realizes that it's a word. That's all it is. It can't hurt anybody, and it only has power if we let if have power. And the word still has a lot of power in this culture and this may have been Jackson's way of trying to change one person's perspective. "It's a word, just say the word. Nobody will be hurt, nothing will change."
I'm sure it wasn't his way of sticking it to the white man. I think Jackson just realizes that it's a word. That's all it is. It can't hurt anybody, and it only has power if we let if have power. And the word still has a lot of power in this culture and this may have been Jackson's way of trying to change one person's perspective. "It's a word, just say the word. Nobody will be hurt, nothing will change."
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2:39PM on 01/04/2013
Great set of interviews. The Sam Jackson one was a little awkward afterwards. I imagine he's tired about being asked about the controversy surrounding the use of the word. Probably his way of making interviewers shut up about it. Good job holding up his own opposite Jackson though. Seems like kind of an intimidating guy to interview.
Great set of interviews. The Sam Jackson one was a little awkward afterwards. I imagine he's tired about being asked about the controversy surrounding the use of the word. Probably his way of making interviewers shut up about it. Good job holding up his own opposite Jackson though. Seems like kind of an intimidating guy to interview.
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2:34PM on 01/04/2013
The amusing part is white people could give a shit if a someone calls them a honky or a cracker. Even more amusing is if all black people knew why the word "cracker" was started they probably wouldn't use it as all it does is remind them of an ugly past. Its all bullshit anyway, blacks and hispanics call everyone nigger all the time and as soon as a white person says it its off limits. Seriously get the fuck out with your hypocracy. Whats even more amusing while this article brings up the
The amusing part is white people could give a shit if a someone calls them a honky or a cracker. Even more amusing is if all black people knew why the word "cracker" was started they probably wouldn't use it as all it does is remind them of an ugly past. Its all bullshit anyway, blacks and hispanics call everyone nigger all the time and as soon as a white person says it its off limits. Seriously get the fuck out with your hypocracy. Whats even more amusing while this article brings up the Civil War is that the 1st slave owner in America was a black person. Google Anthony Johson the 1st slave owner in America for a history lesson that should, but won't make a lot of people just shut the hell up.
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3:05PM on 01/04/2013
Citing the first slave owner's race, or the fact that slaves were enslaved in Africa by other Africans before they were sold to white slavers kind of overlooks the big picture. If the U.S. had a period over several decades where the agricultural engine was fueled by white slave labor, that argument might carry a little more weight. In the end, this is subjective. If you don't find it offensive to use in social situations, and not under the protective anonymity of the internet - go nuts. I just
Citing the first slave owner's race, or the fact that slaves were enslaved in Africa by other Africans before they were sold to white slavers kind of overlooks the big picture. If the U.S. had a period over several decades where the agricultural engine was fueled by white slave labor, that argument might carry a little more weight. In the end, this is subjective. If you don't find it offensive to use in social situations, and not under the protective anonymity of the internet - go nuts. I just wouldn't expect much sympathy if you wind up in trouble over it. I do find it pretty symptomatic of the social media age for people to bray about how it's their right to use it, and overlook the fact that it's also within their rights to be racial sensitive and culturally mature.
1:47PM on 01/04/2013

This kid is the best interviewer

If you don't know Jake Hamilton, you should. I've never seen an interviewer build rapport with an interviewee as quick as this guy does, and then he asks the best questions you've ever heard.

He's the only channel I subscribe to on YouTube and he definitely deserves getting his own movie talk show some day.
If you don't know Jake Hamilton, you should. I've never seen an interviewer build rapport with an interviewee as quick as this guy does, and then he asks the best questions you've ever heard.

He's the only channel I subscribe to on YouTube and he definitely deserves getting his own movie talk show some day.
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1:34PM on 01/04/2013

Apparently he's a difficult guy to get along with

But he's hired for his acting abilities, not his affability during interviews. It is kind of weird to discuss the controversy around the word "nigger" without saying the word aloud. Louis C.K.'s bit on the subject said it's best - when somebody says "the N-word," they're just making me say the word "nigger" in my head. This is a tempest in a teacup, anyway. They segued to another topic, and whatever. Anyone who thought Sam Jackson was being unfair, they haven't seen Billy Bob Thorton's
But he's hired for his acting abilities, not his affability during interviews. It is kind of weird to discuss the controversy around the word "nigger" without saying the word aloud. Louis C.K.'s bit on the subject said it's best - when somebody says "the N-word," they're just making me say the word "nigger" in my head. This is a tempest in a teacup, anyway. They segued to another topic, and whatever. Anyone who thought Sam Jackson was being unfair, they haven't seen Billy Bob Thorton's interview with Jian Ghomeshi... [link]
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12:52PM on 01/04/2013

While I do find this humorous,

that wasn't really fair of Jackson to do. I understand that the word becomes powerless is we quit referring to it as the n word, but how was that interviewer really supposed to say it? Most black people would become enraged if he said it. If I were Jake, I would have felt like it was a trap. I would have been just as nervous. Like, just imagine if he would have just said nigger in the first place. I bet Sam Jackson would not have liked that. Kind of a double edged sword.
that wasn't really fair of Jackson to do. I understand that the word becomes powerless is we quit referring to it as the n word, but how was that interviewer really supposed to say it? Most black people would become enraged if he said it. If I were Jake, I would have felt like it was a trap. I would have been just as nervous. Like, just imagine if he would have just said nigger in the first place. I bet Sam Jackson would not have liked that. Kind of a double edged sword.
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12:38PM on 01/04/2013

I feel like Jackson is exactly like Zeus in real life.

Based on some of his comments and general attitude I've witnessed over the years, it seems like there's quite a bit of Zeus in him. Not sure that's such a good thing, either. BTW, wish he was in Die Hard 5. In the sixth film they need to bring back Jackson, Long, and Reggie VelJohnson. Bonnie Bedalia too. That'd be pretty cool.
Based on some of his comments and general attitude I've witnessed over the years, it seems like there's quite a bit of Zeus in him. Not sure that's such a good thing, either. BTW, wish he was in Die Hard 5. In the sixth film they need to bring back Jackson, Long, and Reggie VelJohnson. Bonnie Bedalia too. That'd be pretty cool.
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12:21PM on 01/04/2013

If someone calls me white boy they get called nigger right after they finish their sentence

The whole white people afraid of black people dies with the baby boomers. Nigger nigger nigger nigger. I can shoot 37/40 up to 50 feet so eat a dick knee grows.
Django was great. That's all I care about.
The whole white people afraid of black people dies with the baby boomers. Nigger nigger nigger nigger. I can shoot 37/40 up to 50 feet so eat a dick knee grows.
Django was great. That's all I care about.
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12:10PM on 01/04/2013
I respect Jake for not wanting to say it. The guy's a gentleman and didn't want to use the word.. and for good reasons. If a white person told me not to say cracker, I would be like "Okay, fine." Hell, I don't use it now because I don't want to sound like a racist. And there's this huge misconception that all black people use the word "nigga." So not true! When I was growing up my parents would beat the living mess out of me, if they ever caught me using it. And folks in my neighborhood
I respect Jake for not wanting to say it. The guy's a gentleman and didn't want to use the word.. and for good reasons. If a white person told me not to say cracker, I would be like "Okay, fine." Hell, I don't use it now because I don't want to sound like a racist. And there's this huge misconception that all black people use the word "nigga." So not true! When I was growing up my parents would beat the living mess out of me, if they ever caught me using it. And folks in my neighborhood wouldn't use it either. I think it boils down to people watching too much tv, thinking all black people act like what's displayed in rap videos.
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12:51PM on 01/05/2013
Total agreement, couldn't have said it better myself.
Total agreement, couldn't have said it better myself.
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12:04PM on 01/04/2013

so I dont get the quote...

in this article it says.... "While that does not make it okay, could Tarantino had made a movie that takes place before the Civil War and not use that word?". But yes that does make it ok! Its ok bc it accurately reflects the language of the time. If he would have made the movies showing happy slaves who were talked and treated nicely, that would be worse and would be a real disservice to those people of that time. It was what it was, no going back, accept it and move on.
in this article it says.... "While that does not make it okay, could Tarantino had made a movie that takes place before the Civil War and not use that word?". But yes that does make it ok! Its ok bc it accurately reflects the language of the time. If he would have made the movies showing happy slaves who were talked and treated nicely, that would be worse and would be a real disservice to those people of that time. It was what it was, no going back, accept it and move on.
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2:42PM on 01/04/2013
I think what he was saying was that it would not have been plausible to make a pre-civil war film like this and NOT use the word. I think you might be confused.
I think what he was saying was that it would not have been plausible to make a pre-civil war film like this and NOT use the word. I think you might be confused.
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11:45AM on 01/04/2013

...you double dare me?

''Nigger''
... there, I said the word... ''N'' is not even a word, its a letter.
''Nigger''
... there, I said the word... ''N'' is not even a word, its a letter.
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11:20AM on 01/04/2013

Gotta love Political Correctness...

Not just this word, but I love how so many things have become "taboo" for people to say. Double standards and all that. Like when Michael Richards (aka Kramer) flipped out on a heckler while doing standup comedy and was basically shunned for daring to say the N word. If you watch "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, one episode showed just how genuinely remorseful Richards still is. Then you have other vulgar 'comedians' who go out of their way to not only say the N word, but
Not just this word, but I love how so many things have become "taboo" for people to say. Double standards and all that. Like when Michael Richards (aka Kramer) flipped out on a heckler while doing standup comedy and was basically shunned for daring to say the N word. If you watch "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, one episode showed just how genuinely remorseful Richards still is. Then you have other vulgar 'comedians' who go out of their way to not only say the N word, but be legit racist towards people of any color too. Only when they do it, it's funny. I dont know, this is a pet peeve of mine. Just my 2 cents worth.
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11:18AM on 01/04/2013
Much as I adore Sammy, I wouldn't have said it. The poor guy's a film critic just doing his job. He's gotta exercise some level of good taste.
Much as I adore Sammy, I wouldn't have said it. The poor guy's a film critic just doing his job. He's gotta exercise some level of good taste.
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10:56AM on 01/04/2013
He should of said it, but asked Sam Jackson to say Honky
He should of said it, but asked Sam Jackson to say Honky
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9:56AM on 01/04/2013

Dayyuummm, nigga!

I was hoping the interviewer would say it, but he chickened his way out. Btw, I'm a brown guy (no, not Arabian. no, not Mexican) so I can say the "n-word" all I want. Doesn't mean diddlysquat when I say it. :p Was still funny to see the interviewer squirm his way out of saying it though.
I was hoping the interviewer would say it, but he chickened his way out. Btw, I'm a brown guy (no, not Arabian. no, not Mexican) so I can say the "n-word" all I want. Doesn't mean diddlysquat when I say it. :p Was still funny to see the interviewer squirm his way out of saying it though.
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9:32AM on 01/04/2013
Interview: "Will you say it?"

Jackson: "No fuck no!"

If there was to be a Supreme Commander of Earth, I'd vote for Jackson.
Interview: "Will you say it?"

Jackson: "No fuck no!"

If there was to be a Supreme Commander of Earth, I'd vote for Jackson.
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9:25AM on 01/04/2013

That wasn't so bad.

Good on Jackson. All's he wanted was for the guy to say the word and didn't push it or become a ass hole. He even ends up answering the qeustion anyways. Stand up guy. I used to like to think Morgan Freeman fell into the category as well but seeing an interview with him about Black History Month a while back he got a little to righteous for my liking. I understand stuff like this can be touchy for ppl but that doesn't mean they have to become ass holes over it. Good on ya Jackson, good on ya.
Good on Jackson. All's he wanted was for the guy to say the word and didn't push it or become a ass hole. He even ends up answering the qeustion anyways. Stand up guy. I used to like to think Morgan Freeman fell into the category as well but seeing an interview with him about Black History Month a while back he got a little to righteous for my liking. I understand stuff like this can be touchy for ppl but that doesn't mean they have to become ass holes over it. Good on ya Jackson, good on ya.
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