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Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Django, Uses the Word “Nigger” Over 100 Times

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I’ve never been a huge Quentin Tarantino fan.  Sure, Reservoir Dogs was interesting with its “snappy” dialogue until the ear slicing scene at which point it became repetitive.  And Pulp Fiction retained some novelty if only for its unusual out-of-sequence editing and the “Bring out the Gimp” Deliverance scene.  But are Tarantino’s films really that good?

No, they aren’t.

Tarantino is like F. Scott Fitzgerald in that he peaked early.  Call Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction his Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise.

Watch a Tarantino film and see all the elements “borrowed” from other films.  It gets tedious after a while.  And sometimes Tarantino tries so hard to be “obscure” that he’s just showing off how much he “knows” about films.  Like… Sonny Chiba to be in one of my films!

So when Tarantino was doing his early films he didn’t shy away from having white characters use the word “nigger” in front of black characters as in Pulp Fiction:

I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead nigger in my garage.

Look, just because I don’t be givin’ no man a foot massage don’t make it right for Marsellus to throw Antwone into a glass motherfuckin’ house, fuckin’ up the way the nigger talks. Motherfucker do that shit to me, he better paralyze my ass, ’cause I’ll kill the motherfucker, know what I’m sayin’?

So Tarantino used the word “nigger” and isn’t he a little badass being white and all let’s stir up some controversy because white people saying “nigger” will get us some press.

Well, Tarantino is 49 now and he hasn’t really had another Pulp Fiction since, well, Pulp Fiction so in his new movie, starring Jamie Foxx – who is black – he uses the word “nigger” over 100 times and throws in some lines about killing white people.

With his usual subtly, Matt Drudge had this headline up on Wednesday:

Real subtle, Matt!

Real subtle, Matt!

Predictably, the baton has been picked up and Conservatives have been attacked:

Since Drudge et al. haven’t actually seen the movie, they just go with the numbers, cherrypicked from an admiring Hollywood Reporter review. “Nigger” is spoken 100-plus times in Django Unchained, just about as often as you might hear in an afternoon at Mel Gibson’s house.

What does Mel Gibson have to do with this?

Oh, right… he’s not a Liberal…

Drudge ignores context and Tarantino’s artistic aims, of course. (We’ll get to those below.) Instead, Drudge just puts the very fact out it there, apparently hoping that it illustrates two weary complaints of white conservatives: 1. That liberals are at best hypocritical and at worst the real racists; 2. That if white conservatives have to watch what they say, than everyone else does, too. The assumption is that Tarantino’s film is, by math, 100 or so times worse than, say, the Fox Nation commenter who just spews it once.

Right… Fox Nation… gotta throw that in there…

But Conservatives who get “outraged” over the use of the word “nigger” are really doing it because it is “a term whose usage is policed by white conservatives to demonstrate the racism of people who aren’t white conservatives.”

Amazing!!!

I’m not making the use of the word “nigger” more than 100 times a political matter… I’m saying it’s no different than the 54 year old Madonna dressing like she’s 25 and trying to act “controversial” just by taking what she used to do and multiplying it by 100.

It doesn’t work.

Not for Madonna and not for Tarantino.

 

 

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5 Comments on "Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Django, Uses the Word “Nigger” Over 100 Times"

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  1. MadMadder says:

    You forgot a few Tarantino films that simply kill it… Inglourious Basterds, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kill Bill.

    • Harrison says:

      Inglourious Basterds… filmed well and cast well but just a rehashing of the Dirty Dozen-era movies with more violence thrown in.

      Dusk Till Dawn… a poorly received movie with a dumb plot.

      Kill Bill… mentioned with “Sonny Chiba to be in one of my films!” in the story.

      Four Rooms… well not much needs to be said there.

      And the second half of Grindhouse… let’s use the same car (White Dodge Challenger R/T) as Vanishing Point and be derivative about it.

      If Tarantino wasn’t so shameless about paying homage to earlier films he’d be a better director.

  2. Steve Dennis says:

    I really liked Inglourious Basterds as well even though I usually like WWII movies to be more closely aligned to reality.
    I’ll probably see this movie as well and I think Drudge was played for publicity and it most likely worked, Tarantino was trying to be controversial and he probably welcomes the free pub he got this week.

  3. I thought Inglourious Basterds was OK for Tarantino, and this film does deal with serious subjects, and I have no idea how he stumbled on it. It’s said that he can’t figure out how to grow up. I have no intent of watching his latest creation
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