I get why people feel the way they do, but I always felt that 1) if it was any other director, that this wouldn’t be up for discussion.
2) In the video, for every point that was made, there were those eye-roll worthy points as well. The two that stuck out to me was the whole “Rise of The Planet of The Apes” thing… give me a break. As well as the Kill Bill sequence. Her character was not “a racist white woman”. She was a white woman who was pregnant and left for dead at the hands of the black woman she killed, who was a one-time friend of hers.
and 3) though at times Tarantino has what can become a VERY ANNOYING obsession with black people, this doesn’t make him a racist. The 70’s grind-house, blaxploitation, and camp films that he tries to shape his movies around unfortunately had the N-word thrown around from the mouths of EVERYONE (black, white, yellow, green, and blue) like nobodies business. On top of that, no one ever seems to notice that in the majority (not all) of these scenes of dialogue the scenes are really exposing the ignorance of the white people speaking these parts, which is VERY intentional on Tarantino’s part. This point is ever-so evident in “Django Unchained.”
There are 3 types of people who use the word in the film, the ignorant white people, the slaves, and Christopher Waltz character. Every time it’s spat by one of the “ignorant white people” it shows their buffoonery. It’s used for the sake of comedy, because at the end of the day that’s the purpose of buffoonery. It’s use by the slaves in the film, along with other motifs and happenings shows the “brain conditioning” (the technical term escapes me right now) that black people went through during the times of slavery and the effects. Outside of the film, we can see this today. How many times a day do you hear black people call other black people “niggers”? Term of endearment or whatever, how many times?
The third is whenever Christopher Waltz character uses it. **This might be considered a spoiler to those who want to see the film, so apologies in advance, but it’s more of my personal breakdown of what motivates the character** His character is a German who isn’t really familiar with the world of slavery, and sees it as barbaric. He only uses it as an act to infiltrate the seedy underworld of the slavery, in particular mandingo wrestling. It’s obvious, and covered time and time again that he is uncomfortable with both the nature of this world and the use of the word. Any and every time he utters it, outside of his act, he’s obviously uncomfortable.
I say this all to say that as a good artist you’re encouraged to push limits, go in to the scary territory, and make people talk. Any good artist, especially filmmakers, are always encouraged to use motifs that “guide the audiences emotions,” and I think in Django the use of the N-word did that with flying colors. It’s not used to make the viewer happy, it’s intentionally used to keep that uncomfortable tension in the air. Tarantino is a master at crafting tense moments, and keeping you on the edge of your seat. I cringed just about every time it was used. Other times I laughed, and other times I just shook my head. I felt uncomfortable when that person of another race “laughed a little to hard” at this or that “nigga”, but that’s what the movie going experience is about. That’s what being a consumer of GOOD art is about; experiencing the work as intended by its creator.
…end rant. lol