Django Unchained Controversy: Antoine Fuqua Calls Out Spike Lee For Calling Out Quentin Tarantino
The movie director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has weighed into the Spike Lee vs Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained debate. Spike Lee called out Tarantino for using the word “n*gger” in the movie. Tarantino’s defence was that he was merely replicating the language that would have been used in the 1950s. Oh and Spike Lee hasn’t even watched the movie, but still felt the need to accuse Tarantino of being disrespectful.
Speaking at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival, Fuqua told the indiewire blog that Tarantino doesn’t have “a racist bone in his body” and called out Spike for dissing Quentin 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.” He also added that he felt the language used in the film was probably appropriate, in terms of historical accuracy: “[We're] supposed to find some truth in films, and if you set a film in the 1850s, you're going to hear the word 'n*gger,' because that's the way they spoke then, and you're going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality. I want my kids to hear those kinds of words in the right context, so that they'll know that language is not OK."
So, to summarise Fuqua has publicly called out Spike Lee for publicly calling out Quentin Tarantino and neither one of them has actually watched Django Unchained.