According to a report from BET.com, for years, Quentin Tarantino has been criticized continuously for the use of the N-word in his films, perhaps most recently, in Django Unchained, as well as in 2015’s The Hateful Eight.
A new documentary came out on just this topic, QT8: The First Eight, which purportedly shines a light on the controversy, with Samuel L. Jackson, one of Quentin’s most frequent collaborators, coming to the director’s defense.
Reported first by IndieWire, Jackson came to Quentin’s defense when he criticized all of those who are pointing their fingers at the director. The actor suggested there was a clear double standard at play, and Tarantino was falling prey to it.
In the clip, Samuel pointed out the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years Of Slave, which was “supposedly made by an auteur,” Steve McQueen. Jackson stated there was a song in the film which includes the N-word 300 times, and nobody said anything about it.
According to Jackson, people are unfairly insinuating it’s ok to use the N-word in a film such as 12 Years A Slave, which purports to attack systemic racism, whereas, in Quentin’s movies, the use of the word is different.
The actor stated the purpose of Quentin using the N-word in his films was to showcase how people talk, feel, and speak, and it wasn’t an attack on anybody. “There’s no dishonesty in anything that Quentin writes,” the actor explained.
You can check out the clip in the tweet below:
— QT8: The First Eight (@QT8Movie) October 24, 2019
The scene Jackson alluded to from 12 Years A Slave was where Paul Dano’s character, Tibeats, says the N-word repeatedly while singing a song to a group of slaves. Moreover, getting back to Quentin’s other movies, some publications have pointed out that Django Unchained saw the use of the N-word 110 times in total.
This wouldn’t be the first time Quentin used the term in one of his films. Fans of the iconic director will remember the classic scene from Pulp Fiction, in which Quentin Tarantino’s character says to Samuel L. Jackson’s, “where does it say ‘dead n*gger storage,'” after Samuel and John Travolta bring a dead man onto his property.