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Samuel L. Jackson defends use of the 'N-word' in Quentin Tarantino films


Samuel L. Jackson ha defended director Quentin Tarantino around the debate of his use of the N-word in his films.

A discussion around Tarantino’s use of the word reached a high point around his films Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight and, according to a study, it was pointed out that the director has used over 200 racial slurs across all of his films.

Jackson, who appears in QT8: The First Eight, a new documentary about the filmmaker, was drawn into the conversation once more and defended Tarantino’s honesty: “You take 12 Years a Slave, which is supposedly made by an auteur,” Jackson said according to IndieWire. “Steve McQueen is very different than Quentin… 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.

He added: “There’s no dishonesty in anything that [Quentin] writes or how people talk, feel, or speak [in his movies].”

It is not the first time that Django Unchained has been defended for its use of racially offensive content and Jamie Foxx, who co-stars in the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, once explained that he and Jackson helped DiCaprio through filming:“Leonardo Dicaprio had a problem saying the word n****r,” Foxx once explained.

“He said, ‘It’s tough for me to say this.’ I remember Samuel L Jackson going, ‘Get over it motherfucker. It’s just another Tuesday motherfucker.’ I said, ‘Leo, we are not friends. This is your property, these aren’t humans. This is your property.’ 

“When Leo came in the next day, he didn’t speak [to me].”