Quentin Tarantino reportedly brought silence and a few gasps backstage at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards after dropping the N-Word during an exchange with reporters. The filmmaker was addressing the ongoing conversation about the 100-plus times the racially-charged word is used in his slave revenge drama “Django Unchained.”
According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Tarantino told reporters anything less would compromise the artistic integrity of the characters in his movie, which is set in the South in the 1860′s. He said he would never cave to critics, telling reporters he believes in what he’s doing wholeheartedly and passionately. Tarantino also used his backstage platform to point out that slavery is still happening around the world and in the United States. He said the U.S. legal system is biased against African-Americans, citing drug laws he says are putting many black males in jails.
Tarantino’s heated exchange with a British reporter made the rounds online last week after he refused to answer a question about the violence in his movies. The filmmaker told the reporter he was not his “slave” or “a monkey” and therefore did not have to answer his question. Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, who won a Best Supporting actor award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. Tarantino was also awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Screenplay.