History’s on Tarantino’s side
Tarantino says the brutal abuse of black slaves shown in his latest movie, Django Unchained, pales in comparison to the violence that was commonplace during the slavery era. The director says ‘‘the truth, or the reality, was a thousand times worse than what I showed’’. Tarantino says he wouldn’t have been able to show the full extent of violence perpetrated by American slave owners. The movie stars Jamie Foxx as a slave going on a killing spree of white slave owners and overseers just before the Civil War. The cast also includes Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson. Tarantino rejects criticism of the racially-charged language used in the film, insisting the script reflects the reality of the time period. While it’s set in slaveryera Mississippi in 1858, the repeated use of the N-word has caused controversy. But Tarantino says history is on his side. ‘‘I think it’s kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi,’’ he says. ‘‘So since they can’t say that, what they’re basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie – and I don’t lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.’’
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