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Another UK journalist gets 'AJed'- "I'm Not Your Slave" says Quentin Tarantino-video

AJed = Americanized. BTW. I saw Django Unchained last night and guess what. It's a love story! And there wasn't any gratuitous violence I can recall. Imagine that. You go, Quentin!

http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/quentin-tarantino-has-heated...

Promoting Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, which had its premiere in London last night, Quentin Tarantino refused to repeat his position on violence in movies during an interview with Channel 4 Evening News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Asked about the link between movie violence and real violence, Tarantino responds in the video below: “Don’t ask me a question like that – I’m not biting.” When asked why, he says, “Because I refuse your question. I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey.” Saying he was doing the interview as “a commercial for the movie,” Tarantino elaborates, “I don’t want to talk about the implications of violence… The reason I don’t want to talk about it: cause I’ve said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it, they can Google me and they can look for 20 years what I have to say. But I haven’t changed my opinion one iota.” Guru-Murthy later presses, “But you haven’t said why you think there’s no relationship”, to which Tarantino exclaims, “It’s none of your damn business what I think about that!… And I’m shutting you down.” The exchange in question begins at about the 4:30 mark:




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Contrast...

the number of people Govts have killed and are currently killing versus the number of people movies have killed and are currently killing. :)

Movies don't kill people.. Govts do.

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~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

n-word said over 110 times, but in an over the top way

that made it silly and even funny.

The gore and several other things were also over the top, which made it silly and funny.

It didn't try to be serious about slavery.... but it was about making a action hero movie...complete with revenge and romantic interest. Frankly, it was quite a formula action movie. ..just in an environment that pushed some people's buttons.

I actually think its good that most blacks aren't reacting so knee-jerk to the n-word. It shows that they have gained enough confidence that they can have a sense of humor about it. Perhaps they always did, but the media stereotyped them as being knee-jerkishly violent, like children.

BTW: I saw Django in a theater where all were black except me (I was smack-dab in the middle). They seemed to treat it as any other awesome gory action movie. I didn't feel any weird vibe at any time.

Of course, I don't condone saying the n-word. It's very low brow with strong associations to horrible things, and like all low brow stuff, it's not appropriate.

A whole new term added to the language vernacular

"AJed", is that cool or what?

Even if the philosophy and psychology of people are affected...

by what they watch and read, it is up to the free market to respond accordingly.

Tarantino cannot be blamed or looked upon poorly for satisfying a demand which he has the specific talent to fulfill. If mal-intent existed (such as those pushing malicious political agendas in the MPM), I would have a different opinion. But the work Tarantino provides is intended for entertainment.

Before I begin,

I should first say, I am not under psychiatric care, I'm not depressed, nor am I on psychotropic drugs and I have no access to guns...so I'm good to go watching Tarantino violence, over and over again.

That being said, I agree. Tarantino has a depth of understanding about human nature (good vs evil) that most in Hollywood don't even consider entertainment value. I do. (How someone can consider themselves an artist without knowledge of human nature is beyond me)

It's in all his films-live by the sword, die by the sword. The 'entertainment' value of a Tarantino film (for me) is that good (such as it is...Kill Bill) always wins over evil (or the most evil-ha). His victims always pick themselves up and carry on, always to the victimizer's regret. Sure, it's always after the fact-revenge-but better late than never when it comes to entertainment!

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He creates the demand by expanding the genre

and offering things that weren't offered before.

There was no demand for McDonald's hamburgers before they were made.

Now there is a great demand, and if one person eats a lot of hamburgers, their risk for heart disease might go up, which raises the insurance premiums for everyone in their insurance program. And if someone watches too many violent movies, their violent tendencies are being stoked, which sometimes results in them becoming killers.

Nothing happens in a vaccuum.

exactly

why would anyone who finds violence appauling continue to watch it take place in movies and shows? because the truth is, and this is the real question the man was asking, "Why do I love and relate violence in movies to real life violence and fantasize about it?" :P

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I just which Jaime Fox

wasn't the star.....There are far better African American actors who aren't hypocrites

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I hear ya

That is why I was hesitant also. It is worth seeing though. Samuel L Jackson plays what I consider to be one of his best roles ever, and the cinematography is amazing (go figure... its Quentin).

In a world where pandas rule, one man has made it his mission to stop all the pandamonium dead in its tracks.

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Great Movie

Except there are some brutal scenes that made me squint. Tarantino is constantly harassed for this crap, good thing he is smarter than the people that harass him.

In a world where pandas rule, one man has made it his mission to stop all the pandamonium dead in its tracks.

Is he?

It's hard to tell when he has such a bad speech impediment. So he can throw up a roadblock in an interview...anyone can do that. To confront the interviewer's agenda and expose its flaws with sound rhetoric would have demonstrated more intelligence. AJ, though spastic, actually did that...Tarantino did not.

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Call it what you will

I have watched Tarantino dodge these ridiculous questions for years. So I guess at least he is smart enough to not take that bait. I do not think AJ looked intelligent at all, but I also was not the least bit surprised by his performance.

In a world where pandas rule, one man has made it his mission to stop all the pandamonium dead in its tracks.

Government Has A Monopoly On Violence

Why Do You Make Such Violent Movies? Because people willingly pay money to see them. If a slave owner is violently murdered by his captors who he's abused for years, is that simply violence or is it justice?

I've taken a stab at writing screenplays, and for the most part, good writers use violence as a way to bring a satisfying battle between good and evil to a physical conclusion that mirrors what we WISH to either see or be apart of in life.

What do they think is behind their gun ban threats? The threat of violence! Movies just more vividly express this true reality, typically involving individuals and not government. Unfortunately.

you're right-

when the govt and it's thugs commit murder, it's legal term is Justifiable Homicide. The rest of us are expected to settle for a fantasy action hero movie/TV show and wish it were true.

Quentin has figured it out. The action hero and this fantasy is long over due. The Rangels, Bidens, Jacksons, al Sharpton, NOT to forget the hypocrite, Jamie Fox, et al, have to be wondering about their futures as so called 'leaders' who can't seem to lead blacks out of jail, poverty, drugs, apathy, only tells them who to point their fingers at....

There's a lot to answer for. Like Quentin, I'm looking forward to the dialog now that everyone has a hero of their own they can identify with.

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Must be easy picking on a guy

Must be easy picking on a guy who creates make believe movies. Try calling Bush and Obama to an interview. Ask them about their genocidal war crimes which happened and is currently happening in real life; with real bloodshed and real tears.

I'm Boycotting the Movie

Because Jamie Foxx is one of the "Demand a Plan" clan.

skippy

Understandable.

I don't know what the time-line is here - what Quentin knew, when, or if he even cared about Jamie Foxx's reputation when picking him for the lead character role...but I do know he wanted to provide a vehicle for discussion about human nature-good vs evil- good wins -a fantasy dream by all -except evil. This is a subject, a dialog between both blacks and whites in this country inwhich Quentin intuits has been choked out of us and even prohibited. He was right. People have a lot to say and boy, are they saying it.

Due to the dialog, I've found out Mr. Foxx has been the topic of discussion in the black community for some time. But for somewhat different reasons than yours. Suffice it to say, he's not well liked. (That I do not wish to get into.) But i do wish the blacklisters would reconsider blacklisting this film because of only one actor - compromising all the film's other assets.

In other words, blacklist all his other movies - the ones of gratuitous (senseless) violence this confused pup is prone to make-past and future.

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Me too

I love Tarantino flix, but Jamie Foxx and his demand a plan, and Obama is our "Lord & Savior", kill all the white people SNL monologue put a damper on it for me.

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Lmao I love Quentin! He's so

Lmao I love Quentin! He's so right! If he bit, they would somehow spin it, just like they always do!

juan maldonado

Yep.. You can tell he was trying his best

to tie in the current gun issues to movies. Even bringing up Obama and his henchmen.

The movie looks good btw! Can't wait to see it.

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LOL

If this 'journalist' would have/could have been honest and just said, "Hell yeah it's for ratings...that's the only reason for this charade-I mean, interview-to use the great Tarantino to push Her Majesty's anti-gun wish on the masses...." he would have come out smelling a bit better. LOL

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