If you traveled across the globe and asked everyone you saw if they have heard of Quentin Tarantino, the answer would most definitely be a resounding, WHO HASN'T? A legend of the cinema world, Quentin Tarantino has been making films for over twenty years. His films have sparked controversy, critical acclaim, and a hateful debate of the potential racism aroused by his many film's usage of the N-word. Tarantino has used the n-word throughout a multitude of scenes in his films dating back to his first solely written and directed film, "Reservoir Dogs" with Roger Avary accredited for his minuscule and irrelevant writing of the radio background dialogue in comparison to the cinematic scope of such a high caliber film that has since changed the rules of the cinematic storyline.
In the 1992 film, Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) uses the n-word twice in a scene where he's forced to break up a fight between Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen). Buscemi also went on to use it one more time in a car conversation scene where it was used three times in the scene for a total of five times.
Tarantino would go on to use the n-word ten times in his next film 'True Romance' with the bulk of the word being used in a conversation between two terrific actors, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken, about Sicilians being spawned from African-Americans. He used the n-word ten times in the film, double his previous film and half his next.
Although his ingenious creativity for telling a nonlinear story won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay the following year of it's release, people still took to the internet to argue his excessive and potential out of context use of the word in the film 'Pulp Fiction'. Tarantino used the n-word twenty times in the film. Twice as much as his previous one and four times more than his first. He seems to ride a rollercoaster with his potential obsession of such a vulgar and inhumane word which begs the question, does Quentin Tarantino use the word in the right context and that is perhaps why it is said less, if at all, in some film and more in others?
Tarantino went on to use the n-word zero times in 'From Dusk Til Dawn', thirty-eight times in 'Jackie Brown', an adapted film, zero in either 'Kill Bill' film, about seven in 'Death Proof' zero in 'Inglorious Basterds', one hundred and nine times in 'Django Unchained', and over forty times in his recently released film 'The Hateful Eight'. Although he seems to use it in particular time periods and in different quantities for each period and storyline some would say there's no need to use it as much as he does or at all for that matter.
Kat Williams, a famous black comedian and actor, hated the usage of the word, especially it's excess, in Tarantino's previous film Django Unchained. He even went as far as to threaten to punch Quentin Tarantino in the mouth the next time he saw him. Kat also did not like that such a vulgar and unnecessary film was put out on Jesus's birthday the same day his newest film, The Hateful Eight, was also released on. Kat argued his view point that Django wouldn't be able to spell his own name, let alone know it had a silent letter at the beginning. He even backed up his argument by saying that he has a 163 IQ and is tested every six months. However, little about Django's past is unknown. He could very well have been a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery or perhaps had a better plantation owner than most. But then how did he end up being sold from a plantation where he was previously beaten and separated from his wife? How was Django even able to marry another slave if not free? Only Mr. Tarantino could know every aspect of the film's characters. He also argued against people like Kat Williams saying that he did not use it as much as people did in the Antebellum South, a time in history just before the Civil War.
Is Quentin Tarantino right? Does he really use it in the right context or is he obsessed with the word and perhaps thinks he's black and Kat Williams has argued? Samuel L. Jackson, who served as an usher at M.L.K Jr's funeral, defended Tarantino saying he uses it in the way it was spoken during the specific time period of the story he is writing and if you don't like it then you should write your own story. And in case you are unaware of who Samuel L. Jackson is, "you ever see any movie ever? He's the black guy." - Ted 2