Quentin Tarantino has landed himself in a bit of controversy.
Tarantino shocked reporters at the Golden Globes last night when he used the N-word while addressing use of the slur throughout his new film Django Unchained, for which he picked up the award for Best Screenplay.
“They think I should soften it, that I should lie, that I should massage,” Tarantino said, referring to widespread criticism from critics and filmmakers like Spike Lee that has been leveled against him for using the word in his film.
But the director said that setting the film in the pre-Civil War era South, as well as his own artistic integrity, kept him from doctoring his script. “I could never do that when it comes to my characters,” he said.
E! News says that the room went completely silent and then later Don Cheadle broke the awkwardness by saying, “Please no ‘nigger questions’. Black people questions are all right.”
Tarantino’s “Django” walked away from the Golden Globes with a victory in the writing and acting categories.