Thursday 19 April 2018

Samuel L Jackson defends director Quentin Tarantino's use of N-word in movies

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Samuel L Jackson has defended director Quentin Tarantino's use of the N-word in his movies.

Tarantino has come under fire from several peers for his use of the word in his movies, not least fellow filmmaker Spike Lee who publicly criticised the use of the N-word in Jackie Brown, which was released in 1997.

Jackson, who stars in Tarantino's upcoming The Hateful Eight, as well as five of his previous films, says he has no problem with Tarantino's approach to the word.

Speaking to Vulture he said of critics of Tarantino, "I tell them, 'He’s telling his story. If you’ve got a problem with that, then you need to write your story.'

Samuel L Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
Samuel L Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight

"We’re talking about people living in a specific time who speak a specific way, who still do speak a specific way in parts of the country. I grew up in the South in segregation. I heard it every day.

"And people who didn’t say nigger said niggra, which was like, 'Why don't you just go ahead and say it? It sounds the same to me.'"

Jackson also addressed the comparisons between the use of the word in Steve McQueen's Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave and Django, which Jackson said was referred to as an "entertainment popcorn movie" when 12 Years a Slave was released.

"Unfair comparisons were made between the two films, and it was more about Quentin using the word nigger 102 times in the movie," says Jackson, "and it’s like, well, there’s one song in 12 Years a Slave where they say nigger like 300 times! But it's a song, so it's art?"

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