'Django Unchained' Controversy: Antoine Fuqua Defends Tarantino, Katt Williams Is Furious
The racial controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" still continues. After Spike Lee openly criticized the movie over the repeated use of the N-word, which was deemed offensive by some African-American filmmakers, director Antoine Fuqua weighed in on the issue. He defended Tarantino and claimed that the "Pulp Fiction" helmer didn't mean to offend anyone.
"I don't think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body," said Fuqua at recent 17th Capri, Hollywood Film Festival. "Besides, I'm good friends with ['Django' star] Jamie Foxx and he wouldn't have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it."
Though admitting he has yet to see the movie, Fuqua praised Tarantino for highlighting the subject matter from an ignoble period in the history of the U.S. in his film. "If you set a film in the 1850s, you're going to hear the word 'n****r,' because that's the way they spoke then, and you're going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality," he commented.
The "Training Day" helmer went on criticizing the way Spike Lee slammed the movie in public. "That's just not the way you do things," he said. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don't do it publicly."
While Fuqua didn't really mind the use of the N-word in the film, Katt Williams was literally made upset by it. Speaking to TMZ, the troubled star even threatened to beat Tarantino once he had a chance.
He ranted, "Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of Ni**adom and nobody knows where he got his pass from. I hope he didn't get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx cause they aren't going to help you when I see you."
"Quentin Tarantino is no Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg doesn't wanna be black, Quentin Tarantino thinks he is. So when he meets a real ni**a, we'll see if he is or not."
As previously reported, the racial controversy sparked after Spike Lee dissed the movie and claimed he wouldn't watch the movie that insulted his ancestors. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he said. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors, to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say. I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me, I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself."
Tarantino later weighed in on the subject, defending himself, "Personally, I find [the criticism] ridiculous. Because it would be one thing if people are out there saying, 'You use it much more excessively in this movie than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi'."
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