Samuel L. Jackson Defends Quentin Tarantino’s Use Of The N-Word In His Scripts
While Quentin Tarantino has received backlash for the more than 100 uses of the n-word in his movie Django Unchained, Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in the film, has defended it, stating there’s a double standard.
In a Quentin Tarantino documentary called “QT8: The First Eight,” Samuel L. Jackson points out the use of the same word in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, hardly received any criticism compared to Django Unchained.
He points to a 12 Years a Slave scene where a Caucasian character uses the N-word several times while singing a song to slaves.
Sameul L. Jackson said,
“You take ’12 Years a Slave,’ which is supposedly made by an auteur. Steve McQueen is very different than Quentin. When you have a song that says n-gger in it 300 times nobody says s***. So it’s ok for Steve McQueen to use [the N-word] because he’s artistically attacking the system and the way people think and feel, but Quentin is just doing it to just strike the blackboard with his nails. That’s not true. There’s no dishonesty in anything that [Quentin] writes or how people talk, feel, or speak [in his movies].”
“It’s some bulls***…You can’t just tell a writer he can’t talk, write the words, put the words in the mouths of the people from their ethnicities, the way that they use their words. You cannot do that, because then it becomes an untruth; it’s not honest. It’s just not honest.”
“Leonardo Dicaprio had a problem saying the word n-gger. He said, ‘It’s tough for me to say this.’ I remember Samuel L. Jackson going, ‘Get over it motherf***er. It’s just another Tuesday motherf***er.’ I said, Leo we are not friends. This is your property, these aren’t humans. This is your proprety. When Leo came in the next day, he didn’t speak [to me].”
“I understood the text. The N-word was said 100 times, but I understood the text — that’s the way it was back in that time.”