Antonio 'L - L.a. Reid: 'Quentin Tarantino Should Be More Sensitive To American History'
Music mogul Antonio 'l.A.' Reid has waded into the controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's latest movie Django Unchained, insisting the director should have been more "sensitive" in his use of racially-charged language.
The Western, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858 and has sparked debate over repeated use of racial slurs.
The X Factor judge insists he enjoyed the film, but felt Tarantino should have been more been more careful when addressing such a "painful part of American history".
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Django Unchained is a powerful story and incredibly entertaining movie. The performances are all stellar, particularly Leo DiCaprio's and Samuel L. Jackson's. Jamie Foxx was also very strong.
"One criticism: Although the N-word was unfortunately used liberally during the time the film depicted, I felt Q.T. (Quentin Tarantino) should have approached the use of the word more sensitively and used it a lot less... It's a painful part of America's history and still an open wound."
Reid is not alone in his criticism - director Spike Lee recently vowed never to watch Tarantino's latest offering because of the controversial language and themes.