TARANTINO RACIST? IM­POS­SI­BLE, SAYS JACK­SON

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Actor Sa­muel L. Jack­son (right) has de­fended Quentin Tarantino (above), say­ing it is im­pos­si­ble that the ac­claimed direc­tor “is racist with his movies”.

Tarantino’s last two movies, Django Un­chained and The Hate­ful Eight, re­ceived crit­i­cism upon their re­lease for the fre­quent use of the N-word, with some movie fans ac­cus­ing him of racism.

Jack­son gave one of the most stun­ning per­for­mances of his ca­reer in Tarantino’s land­mark film Pulp Fic­tion (1994). He also had a lead­ing role in The Hate­ful Eight (2015) and played a char­ac­ter named Un­cle Tom in Django Un­chained (2012).

An in­ter­view, given dur­ing the re­lease of The Hate­ful Eight, has just been un­earthed. In it, Jack­son says, “[Quentin] has enough prob­lem be­ing vil­i­fied him­self as a racist be­cause he uses n ***** in his scripts that much, or puts those kinds of words in a char­ac­ter’s mouth.” The actor con­tin­ues, “I al­ways tell peo­ple... I can’t un­der­stand why they can’t look at his work and re­alise that ev­ery char­ac­ter he has given me has pretty much been the smartest char­ac­ter in the film. [They] have the most dig­nity and re­spect and kinda run things... Not a fool of any sort and un­der­stands a whole lot of what’s go­ing on in life and in the world.”

Jack­son em­pha­sises that such black char­ac­ters couldn’t have been writ­ten by a racist.

In the in­ter­view, the actor also asks, “Did they have an­other name to call the [black] peo­ple they were talk­ing about at the time?” He adds, “I grew up in the South. I heard ‘n ***** ’ all my life. I’m not dis­turbed by it.”

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