Yes, Quentin Tarantino is a racist asshole.
OK, so recently, a lot of the really cool Black tumblrs that I follow have been really upset by Django Unchained. Most of the complaints are generally based on the fact that it seems to be a slavery movie…about white people. Not about the actual slaves. And that some of it seems really…well…white washed. And not at all…well, indicative of slave narratives.
I bring this up because I was flipping through Newsweek the other day and I came across this interview with Quentin Tarantino. I have yet to see the movie, so I was thinking, “hrm, let me read this, see what his thought process was.” I mean, obviously, it’s a problematic movie. But also I wanted to see what the basis of those problems were.
And at first I’m like, “Oh cool, Quentin Tarantino is bringing up the fact that there have been no blockbusters about American Slavery.” BUT THEN I hit this quote:
“My idea of a great slave movie was Spartacus. Until African-American slavery was treated in that same manner, I had no interest in hearing what Hollywood had to say about the issue.”
And I was like “What the fuck does this even mean.” Because like…seriously. What the fuck does that even mean? Then again, it’s been a really long time since I’ve watched Spartacus, and like, I don’t even like the comparison (gladiators: they were not treated the same way as American slaves. Just saying: American Slaves were not celebrities). So I kept reading.
And then I was lulled into a false sense of safety with this quote:
“I liked the black characters in Glory,” says Hudlin, whose great-grandfather was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. “Didn’t see the point of the white ones. The true story was the slaves in the film. They should have been the main focal point of the entire plot. But somehow no one figured that out.”
Because I was thinking, “Yes, this makes sense.” Because I am very sick and tired of these films in Hollywood about oppressed POC, about slaves, and like the story is all about how white people save them, or free them, or do shit to change something. Like, yes, this is a HUGE problem.
But then I was thinking, “But what about Roots?”
And ooooh boy. That’s when I hit this bullshit:
not much compares to the anger both men harbor toward the landmark television miniseries Roots. Written by Alex Haley and hailed in 1977 for telling the “complete” story of slavery, Roots remains the third most-watched miniseries of all time. It is also still considered the definitive mainstream portrait of slavery in the U.S.
“When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” says Tarantino. “I didn’t see it when it first came on, but when I did I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”
While many white directors might shy away from criticizing such an iconic symbol of African-American culture, Tarantino doesn’t hold back. He’s confident in his knowledge of a time and subject most people know little about and would rather forget. He was also savvy enough to bring Hudlin on board. “There were times when I’d be filming a scene and really getting into it and Reg would just say, ‘Hey is this the story you wanted to tell?’ He’d bring the focus back if I got too carried away.”
Now here’s what bothered me:
a) It says “both men” meaning Reginald Hudlin, a Black man, but the entire interview just cites Quentin Tarantino’s disdain for Roots.
b) And then it’s like WHAT THE FUCK, this white-assed privileged motherfucker is criticizing ROOTS. You know, that iconic AMAZING thing by Alex Haley, something that took TEN YEARS TO CREATE, because Haley was so focussed on getting EVERY LITTLE BIT OF HIS OWN FAMILY HISTORY CORRECT AND ACCOUNTED FOR. And TARANTINO, who just directed this FICTIONAL MOVIE on this bullshit, he’s saying ROOTS WAS OVERSIMPLIFIED AND INACCURATE? Seriously, what the fuck. What more does he want? I think he wants more white people working with slaves or some shit but like I don’t understand how a story that features generations of slaves and their time in america is “oversimplified.” Just…what. And honestly, as a white man? you can shut the fuck up now.
c) and then the third part. Tarantino is confident enough in his knowledge. What the fuck. Oh yes, we knew that, ok, he’s an asshole. And then the writer was like PLUS IT’S TOTALLY A MOVE OF GENIUS TO BRING A BLACK PRODUCER ON BOARD. Seriously? What is this? This is the Hollywood equivalent of “PRAISE ME FOR MY BLACK FRIENDS.” And then Tarantino being like “NO IT’S COOL HE CHECKED ME WHEN I GOT CARRIED AWAY.” Like…What the fuck, this is literally “MY BLACK FRIEND SAID IT WAS COOL SO LIKE OK I’M AWESOME AND ALL THOSE OTHER BLACK PEOPLE ARE WRONG.”
Moral of the story:
Quentin Tarantino is one racist motherfucker and the white media needs to stop motherfucking praising the fuck out of him for being some type of visionary when the complaints he has about other movies about slavery are exactly the ones that I’m hearing leveled against him. Also: fucking really? Shitting on a Black man’s historical, in-depth research on slavery in favor of your own goddamn action movie? Just…;saldfa;sldfj.
Please don’t support this movie.
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Then I rest my case. Sigh.
Omg shoot me in the face. AATS
I just hear Bobby Brown singing “It’s god’s prerogative”.
i dressed up for a while.