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Actress/Filmmaker Rie Rasmussen Says If Tarantino's "Django" Doesn’t Change Face Of Films, Then Hollywood Is Truly 'Mothereffin' Racist

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by Vanessa Martinez
November 13, 2011 1:21 PM
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The Playlist had a very interesting interview with 'model-turned-actress-turned-filmmaker' Rie Rasmussen, who has closely followed the development of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained since its inception a year and a half ago.  Rasmussen first connected with Tarantino while her short film Thinning the Herd traveled the festival circuit. Ever since, the two have become business comrades; Tarantino has purchased the rights of her feature debut Human Zoo for a domestic run.

“I’ve been around him since day one when the script was being written and I’ve followed it through its development this last year and a half... I knew the man was a genius, but...Jamie Foxx is going to motherfucking knock this one out of the park. He’s gonna be a young Jim Brown. This movie is going to be a revolution. Honestly, when I look at it and what Quentin loves, he [Jack Hill, writer/director of Foxy Brown and Coffy] gave blaxploitation films a voice, he gave Pam Grier that voice. She was it and he’s just this white guy. He was giving the black revenge story a bloody voice and this is what Quentin is doing today with 'Django Unchained.'" Rasmussen tells The Playlist.

During the interview, Rasmussen disclosed that Tarantino worked on several re-writes of the script, which he has been "bouncing off the actress/director...," says The Playlist.

She states, "Just last night, he read me something. He’s like, ‘Oh, I just wrote this new dialogue, will you check this out?’. I can’t believe that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to say these words. I can’t believe it. People are going to stand up in their seats when this Tarantino rant is going on screen. I don’t know what. I’m so excited about it I’m about to lose my cool.”

Rassmussen admits she would like a role in the film, but says her Scandinavian looks do not fit the physical profile of any of the film's characters, adding, “Well, I am white in case you didn’t notice. I am blue-eyed and Scandinavian, so there isn’t a part that even slightly, remotely resembles my physique. But there is a part being written that I would say is very much based on me, but she’s a sister. So, I don’t think anybody would appreciate me trying to do a black face like Robert Downey Jr.

Lastly, Rasmussen hopes Django will have the same effect on audiences that Jackie Brown had on her.  She says, “I’m thinking this is going to revolutionize. If this doesn’t change the face of movies, then Hollywood is really, truly motherfucking racist. Because they didn’t pick up on it with 'Jackie Brown,' which is one my favorite movies of all time. I think it’s the most, like, adult movie we’re going to see out of Quentin Tarantino. It didn’t do it with 'Jackie Brown' because people just weren’t smart enough. That’s my deduction of it. But this is gonna change it, I just know it.”

OK, I really, really hate to be the devil's advocate, but is anyone else a tad disturbed by her remarks? Yes, we do not know what kind of changes to the script there's been, and hopefully, the final film will put some of us, who are outraged perplexed by the original script's (which I read and Tambay reviewed months back) sexually exploitative nature, at ease. Based on that original script alone, I need help understanding how the embracing of this film by audiences and critics will prove that Hollywood is truly not that racist. I'm also not sure how I feel about one of the black female characters being inspired by Rasmussen. I know inspiration can take different forms; we're all human, but there's just something not sitting well with me overall.

Thoughts?

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  • Donella | January 10, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    Due to Quentin Tarantino's limitations as a writer and gratuitous overuse of racial epithets against Black people, I will support Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" instead.

  • matt | January 4, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    The fact of the matter is that Quentin Tarantino is going to be legendary for as long as film is a popular medium. He will be looked back upon as a filmic genius. Everybody who insists that an artist should not be allowed to simultaneously entertain, offend, suggest and educate is off their rocker.
    The problem is that our culture is stuck in these archetypes of what is serious and what is schlock. If something smells low-brow to the general public, it gets dismissed as such, regardless of the fact that this guy's movies offer some of the greatest high-brow observations we've ever seen on film.
    People just aren't smart enough to accept that you can make smart stuff and wrap it in corny crap without either being cancelled out.
    In a few years, the history channel will teach viewers that QT was as good as he really was, that way non-plussers will be able to voice an appropriate opinion.
    People who don't get him are today's equivalent of those who would look at Andy Warhol's stuff and just see comic books amongst cans of tomato soup.

  • Donella | August 28, 2012 2:29 PM

    Tarantino does seem unnaturally preoccupied with rape moreso than any other filmmaker I can think of. Either Tarantino takes fiendish delight in portraying rapists himself in several films, or he writes gleeful rape scenes into his movies for other actors to portray. Something's really bent on the inside of him.

  • Greg | June 12, 2012 8:23 PM

    He is the equivalent of a 13 year old misogynist with a sadistic paraphilia in the form of torture, rape, murder...how is that genius? Nothing that comes out of his grossly misshapen head is worth anyone's time. Unless you are a 13 year old or have the mentality of a 13 year old.

  • D. Simon | December 2, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    Perhaps this maybe portrayed as a black american..., frankly, in my opinion the film shows no promise. Is QT a writer, did he not quit HS. at any rate, it appears he is full of himself and as much as he may disagree I must suggest to him to please be real, or at the least to workout, be nice and remember where he came from - the least I can say is good luck, I have to say the great thing is that it is providing a lot of folks a paycheck..money during such recession.. so much dishonesty within the business.. "the rich get richer" the poor get poorer by their own ignorance and lack of their own ambition.

  • T. Clo | November 17, 2011 12:52 AMReply

    I've read the latest script about 3 times and I see a former slave kicking ass in the name of justice, trying to save the love of his life. I'm trying to understand what is the problem with this. Oh, is it because we see African people as slaves and how we were treated by whites during that time? It's interesting how Jewish people have no problem presenting the holocaust to the world, yet Black folks don't want to deal with that part of America's ugly history. No, I say keep it alive, keep it in the raw and lets enjoy Django kicking ass and taking names.

  • Ok | November 16, 2011 5:48 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to seeing DJANGO!! Ms. Rie Rasmussen's comment's make me even more intrigued!!! Growing up in that Era or living in this one does not dicount a person's knowledge of what has happened or what is still happening. When people pick up a book, check the internet, or get involved in their community and realize what's going on in this society, then maybe we as people can start to support each other. I will continue to support people who realize that Whiteywood caters to the society that they believe built America!

  • HarveyDent | November 15, 2011 7:42 PMReply

    None so blind as those that refuse to see

  • urbanauteur | November 15, 2011 2:36 PMReply

    Exhume the body(politic) of movie,GOODBYE UNCLE TOM!!!!...or bust!

  • CareyCarey | November 14, 2011 1:52 PMReply

    The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights act did not solve many of the problems for black Americans, but one street-wise black man brought it all into focus. Check this -----> OOOOWEEEEE YOUR KILLING ME....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...HOT PANTS....I BREAK OUT IN A COLD SWEAT....I GOT THE FEELING....SAY IT LOUD (JAMES BROWN) I AM BLACK AND I AM PROUD. :-) ...Yep, it took a dynamic poor black man from Macon Georgia to say it loud and clear.......Get on up, get on up, stay on the scene like a loving machine...keep the feeling as sure as your born, get it together, right on, right on...shake your money maker, shake YO money maker, right on, right on. ..... Yep, those are very wise words, so I am here to agree with RONALD M & FRANKB. I mean, before James Brown said

    Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud,
    Say it louder, I'm black and I'm proud, now we demand a chance to do things for ourselves...We tired of beating our heads against the wall
    And working for someone else *stop*... we were called negroes and colored folks. And now we are crying about what a white woman said???!!! And please excuse me, but who said slavery is OUR story? That is a ridiculous assertion. I am suggesting (just as RONALD M & FRANKB did) that slavery stor(ies) should not and can not be linked to, nor owned by one’s skin color or place of birth. Seriously, it’s unthinkable to suggest that white people have very little understanding of the effects of slavery on our culture. If we were to believe in that ideology, none of us could tell the stories of slavery because none of us (white, black or red) lived in that time period. In short, I am riding with PROFESSOR FRANKB on this one. I look forward to seeing QT’s Django Unchained and Steve McQueen's 12 years as a slave! I will view them both as movies and entertainment, while I leave my politics at the door. I mean, come on people, James Brown said it 40 years ago...do YO THANG...shake YO MONEY MAKER...get off your hands and knees....get on up and stop bitchin and moanin about what another man is doing.....OOOOOWEEEE, YAWL KILLING ME :-O

  • Jack Frost | November 14, 2011 1:32 PMReply

    OK, so because audiences didn't like Jackie Brown they "weren't smart enough"?
    Sigh, this chick is way too young and immature for Hollywood. She'll get eaten alive.

    I have an IQ of 160. I hold two college degrees and I work in a highly competitive field.
    I love QT's movies. But I did not like Jackie Brown and that means I'm not smart?

    Come on now.

  • MovieDude1 | November 14, 2011 1:24 PMReply

    As a white man, I am not offended by Steve McQueen's new movie Shame, about a white man who is a bit of a pervert, and this movie shows graphic sexuality. In fact, I'll give my 10 bux to go see it. McQueen's blackness has nothing to do with how I feel about what will be portrayed on screen.

  • Harriet Tubman | November 14, 2011 1:46 PM

    MovieDude, you just made my week. LMAO

  • JMac | November 14, 2011 1:44 PM

    Wait about a hundred years or so when most movies repeat the same pattern and are products of non-whites. I'm sure future whites will be pissed.

  • Donella | November 14, 2011 1:01 PMReply

    I remain hopeful that Django Unchained will bankrupt everyone involved with its creation.

  • Destiny | November 9, 2012 3:21 AM

    Django/Shango/Jakuta is an orisha spirit. He didn't want his name slaughtered like this. He was once a living black man. He died a lover, a father, a husband, a shaman, and in hopes that his ancestors & other people in the world would learn-love, honor, fairness, and compassion for all. Don't believe the Hollywood-ized versions/descriptions of what Vodou spirits are. He never wanted his ancestors in slave chains. He is a ray of hope, courage, and luck in the world. And his name got shit on with this movie.

  • J | November 14, 2011 11:27 AMReply

    In all fairness, this chick wasn't in America when Pam Grier was dominating in the 70s so... I can understand that silly comment... and on the movie... Tarantino really does push the edge with me as far as the racist thing goes... but then I look at the institutionalized racism in Hollywood(black guy always dies, gets paid less), and I think to myself, 1: by comparison, I'd rather go for a white guy's perspective of racism than being bombarded with subliminal racism, and 2: With the pattern of institutionalized racism in Hollywood, I find Tarantino actually tries to put it on its ear by bringing the issues to the forefront, and yet at the same time black people I take it more as Tarantino respecting and appreciating black culture... especially more than other directors that tend to just kill off the black guy for no reason whatsoever(I'm looking at you Rocky 4). I appreciate his black characters in past movies had a bit of soul and swag, displaying the strength in being "black," in the sense of being passionate and strong in all that we do. Think about that next time you see a QT movie fellow black folks... and also.. he is white so he isn't going to get the black perspective perfect.

  • CareyCarey | November 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    Standing up and applauding FrankB because he is killing this post. He is not leaving much wiggle room, as the dissenting opinion's tuck their tails in shame and drift away.

  • Harriet Tubman | November 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    JMAC, I could be wrong but I believe he's responding to Nemesis's question, "why can't he make a film about a revenge-seeking ex-slave without all the gratuitous sexual exploitation of black women and the physical/mental degradation of black people in general that we all know took place back then?" ,which is totally ridiculous, btw.

  • JMac | November 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    Frank, you should check out previous blog posts about this movie. Nobody's talking about white-washing slavery.

  • Frankb | November 14, 2011 1:21 PM

    I agree, J. Who was the most morally ethical character in Pulp Fiction?? Samuel L. Jackson. Besides a few examples, slavery and blacks in general have been ignored in Westerns. Granted, they are westerns, and not southerns, but it is as if in the west nothing exists in the south (besides the "Civil War" westerns), so I am really looking forward to this new perspective on the western genre. Plus, my favorite genre is the western (spaghetti in particular) so I am really excited. People need to just watch the story and not worry about the skin color of the director. How about the beauty and humanity with which Eastwood handled Letters from Iwo Jima?? An old, white American male directing a Japanese language war movie about a battle which has only been depicted in American film as heroic Americans fighting inhumane Japanese soldiers? I am sure there were people out there at the time who were not happy about a white guy directing this, but it doesn't take away from the beauty and importance of that film. Speilberg's main character in Schindler's List was a German war profiteer! As a Jewish man, what gave him the right to use that perspective?

    Would everyone rather have a movie that depicts the evils of slavery, but avoids important topics such as sexual exploitation??? Shall we "Hollywoodize" (sugarcoat) slavery for everyone?
    If a black director wrote the exact same script and was then told to rewrite it to make it more "acceptable" I am pretty sure we would all be outraged, so as a human and a filmmaker lets give QT that same respect. I am pretty sure he would make a scene in which a slave is being sexually exploited, not to sensationalize it, but to show the inhumanity and evil with which people had been treated.

  • FrankB | November 14, 2011 7:53 AMReply

    So in a film about racism and slavery, sexual exploitation has no place? So you are all saying that slaves were not sexually exploited? Or would you just like this to be avoided because it makes you uncomfortable? As a male, I have had a difficult time getting into the feminist-film areas of my university as a professor, and I feel that QT is facing these issues, on a much larger scale, with racism and being a white man. One's views/beliefs and right to tell a story should not be linked to his own skin color. I am super excited about this movie, and I did not have a problem with Rasmussen's enthusiasm, because I share it. It does not mater where she is from or what her skin color is; this is a film, and she is a film maker. Even more, this is a QT film, and she is a QT fan.

  • FrankB | November 14, 2011 7:47 AMReply

    Love it!! I teach women in film courses at a university and run a feminist-film track for the graduate department, also dealing with a "minorities and media" curriculum, and I can not wait for this film. I am not sure what you are disturbed by. I only show films directed by women, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on Rasmussen!

  • southieBKgirl | November 14, 2011 6:52 AMReply

    Won't be watching QT's film, but will watch Steve McQueen's 12 years as a slave!

  • B | November 14, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    Many of these comments made me fall out laughing and nodding my head (i.e. Shebababy and Dorian Missick). I personally despise the white privilege stink of Quentin Tarantino, and I always have. I think he, as another commenter said, "revel[s] in this black/sex-ploitation thing" far too much. I'll never quite understand how he is constantly given a pass for the overtly effed up gender and race politics of his films. As bell hooks articulated brilliantly, Quentin Tarantino is "post-modernism all dressed up with nowhere to go." I won't spend a penny on this film. At best, I might netflix it, and that's a big might - from what I saw of the script and reviews, the whole thing reeks of racist/sexist exploitation and not in a constructive way. No, I don't think we need to try to boil slavery down into something nonoffensive - that's impossible: it was the most offensive, inhumane, disgusting institution there ever was. But I think that we can do slavery films in such a way that we aren't degraded by the films themselves - I mean, slavery was degrading enough. This can only be done, however, if WE tell our own stories. White folks will never get it. Ever. Homegirl Rasmussen and QT being great examples of just how far white folks are from getting it. (QT gave Pam Grier a voice? That heifer is hopelessly stupid.)

    We are well past the time where we need white folks to tell our stories - hell, even Spielberg said this years later after he did The Color Purple. Tarantino didn't get the memo, clearly.

  • B | November 14, 2011 2:06 AM

    Okay, I mean really, I just had to ask the question: How stupid is that girl to suggest that Pam Grier didn't have a voice until QT cast her in Jackie Brown? Pam was the freaking BOSS in the 70s. I mean, what person who knows anything about American film and blaxploitation says something so ridiculous? *Okay, end rant. I'm done. Sigh.*

  • Shebababy | November 14, 2011 1:10 AMReply

    This bi%$h is delusional. Point blank period.

  • Dorian Missick | November 14, 2011 1:07 AMReply

    She is not to be taken seriously. This woman is not American, she probably has very little understanding of the effects of slavery on our culture. She suffers from a condition commonly found in privileged society. It usually occurs as a result of listening to too much Little Wayne and watching too many episodes of The Wire at once. The results are most often a false sense of understanding of the Black struggle and a need to be the lone cool white person to speak out on behalf of us African Americans (besides, some of their best friends are...you get it). They are usually surprised when they are slapped silly as opposed to slapped a high five because they really think they are doing a good thing. Po baby...forgive her. But quite honestly, that script (I'm assuming it was the revision I read) was disturbing and entertaining...just what good art should be.

  • MacUffin | November 13, 2011 8:08 PMReply

    We should all be grateful to have QT as the savior of black film.

  • Nemesis | November 13, 2011 8:22 PM

    Amen!

    Black film is dead. Long live QT!!

    :|

  • James | November 13, 2011 7:59 PMReply

    I don't think it's possible to do an honest film about slavery and not deal with sexual exploitation.
    That's a HUGE part of the history of slavery from people being stripped & sold like livestock to being used as their owners' felt appropriate, with no say or recourse. If you're outraged, disturbed and perplexed, GOOD! You should be! Slavery was a hellish institution that nurtured every sort of depravity and inhumanity. There are a lot of people who still try to soft-pedal it & they mustn't be allowed to get away with it any longer.

  • Nemesis | November 13, 2011 8:21 PM

    If QT could make a film about Nazi hunters in WWII, without showing jews getting gassed, their corpses shoveled into ovens, getting shot at a moment's notice, gold teeth pulled from their heads, sick experiments being performed on them... and still make it a reasonably compelling film, then why can't he make a film about a revenge-seeking ex-slave without all the gratuitous sexual exploitation of black women and the physical/mental degradation of black people in general that we all know took place back then?

    He's seems to revel in this black/sex-ploitation thing a little too much, in my opinion.

  • ronald m | November 13, 2011 6:32 PMReply

    What's Django Unchained? Seriously. Why everytime a big budget / known film with black leads is released there is always some race type debate/comments. It's entertainment folks. Next thing you know they'll ask Tyler Perry, Spike Lee or Oprah their opinion about this film. There's enough money in black hollywood to get films off the ground. Obviously its not a problem because if it were wouldn't those black producers/actors/writers/directors work on projects together? Call me when Will Smith and Denzel are in a movie together.

  • ska-triumph | November 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    RONALD M - You do understand that this film is a revisionist slavery-revenge flick, on purpose right? That the history of entertainment in this country has continually reinforced Black pathology? That Denzel and Will S. having a couple of joint projects in development, isn't such a big deal - except that the project can both tell a message and make money? If QT knows what's best for the film, his outspoken persona will be asking those very Black personalities (minus Lee) to speak with about the film.

  • Cynthia | November 13, 2011 5:28 PMReply

    Me thinks some MAJOR rewrites have taken place with this script. Hmm...

  • Ethan hunt | November 13, 2011 4:59 PMReply

    QT IS THE GREATEST DIRECTOR OF THIS ERA

  • H Tubman | November 15, 2011 12:47 PM

    Ethan: your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to audit a filmmaking course.

  • Neziah | November 15, 2011 12:37 PM

    Sure, if you haven't seen films from any other director this era.

  • Artbizzy | November 13, 2011 7:17 PM

    AND SO WAS D.W. GRIFFITH OF HIS

  • tee | November 13, 2011 4:58 PMReply

    LMAO at all the comments of people sprouting off something negative. Let the Scandinavian have her opinion. At least she meant well. I would rather hang out with her than David Duke.

  • Word | November 13, 2011 3:47 PMReply

    WFT!?! Seriously? Just what is it about this movie that black people are suppose to get behind? I guess we're suppose to be happy just for the job or to see some black faces in a movie. No matter what the movie is actually about. Sounds like a slap in the face disguised as a compliment? It is nearly 2012 and black actors/actresses are still getting the message that if you want to work in this industry you better be willing to play slaves and maids. And be thankful! Nothing about this sits well with me, at all! The day Quentin Taratino speaks for me is the day I get my head examine!

  • Destiny | November 9, 2012 4:07 AM

    Well said. Some black folks do really feel like slaves to white folks. To this day. Racism is still a heavy issue in the world. A ginormous sadness. In the wake of a true revolution, movies perpetuating racism/racist behavior and prejudice will not be made. Lots of folks need to wake up. The universe wants us to diversify so hate and prejudice will dissipate in the world. Sure-a movie is a movie. It is also full of messages. So movies are NOT JUST movies. But something much deeper than that. Movies have incredible impact on the minds of people that watch them. Especially children, whose minds run more rampant than adult minds. Teaching the future of our world racism and prejudice, is despicable.

  • Paige | November 14, 2011 12:15 AM

    What do you have against the letter D? It's supposeD to And get my head examineD.

  • Eastwood | November 13, 2011 7:44 PM

    Anybody who thinks blacks mainly play slaves and maids are race-baiting morons LOOKING for that so they'll have whites to bash and blame. It is so sickeningly obvious. You're either extremely stupid or haven't seen many movies, because that's just wrong.

  • Mecca | November 13, 2011 5:38 PM

    It is nearly 2012 and black actors/actresses are still getting the message that if you want to work in this industry you better be willing to play slaves and maids.

    Ugh! The state of the entertainment industry for AA actors/actresses is beyond sad.

  • JMac | November 13, 2011 3:45 PMReply

    What everyone said so far except Harriet Tubman. If you've got an inside scoop on the final script share it all otherwise your words mean nothing esp. to people who do not have the means to attend select venues and where there has been no mention anywhere in the internet universe of black writers, directors, or producers being involved with this project.

  • Jmac | November 13, 2011 4:42 PM

    Oh, and I skipped over Neziah's post. But it's a free country.

  • JMac | November 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Sorry, I'm on the investing side of film not the grunt work. I ask because people here usually let others know out of common courtesy.

  • Harriet Tubman | November 13, 2011 4:32 PM

    Wait, you agree with Neziah? Great! We can agree to disagree on the rest. Why am I asked to share my marbles with the group of Mean Girls? No thanks, I don't do classmate's homework. However, I will tutor you in the Breaking Into the Film Industry 375 class for a nominal fee. It is substantially lower than USC's course, I promise. Guess you'll just have to wait for the press release.

  • Nia | November 13, 2011 3:37 PMReply

    Okay I REALLY wanted to understand. I did. I keep telling myself "Oh it'll be like and Inglorious Basterds/Sweet Sweetback/Coffy mash up." I expected tongue in cheek dark humor and bloody retribution and that's something I want to see. Being tired of the same contrived biopics about slavery I want to see someone take matters into their own hands.
    Her comments jarred me. Maybe I was turning a blind eye to what this movie is fundamentally about. Becuase most of the blaxploitation movies she claims nobody knows about were relative successes for their time. Pam Grier is an icon. ICON. I doubt Quetin Tarantino's movie can rival the amount of Raw emotion these past movies had injected into their projects, but I hoped at least it would be an homage to what blaxploitation signifies.
    This woman sounds ignorant. Is it because shes not from here or just because she's being insensitive under the pretext of "keepin' it real"? "Sister"? Are you kidding me!? Kerry Washington has more of an education than this woman can hope to have and she called her a damn sister!? I don't know how I feel about this now. Maybe she just misused her words and that's not what Tarentino was going for at all, but definitely makes me wonder.

  • Nia | November 13, 2011 3:40 PM

    Sorry I was typing fast. Excuse the typos.

  • Said | November 13, 2011 2:36 PMReply

    Rie Rasmussen says, "Honestly, when I look at it and what Quentin loves, he gave blaxploitation films a voice, he gave Pam Grier that voice. She was it and he’s just this white guy. He was giving the black revenge story a bloody voice and this is what Quentin is doing today with 'Django Unchained.'"...uhm, no. Pam Grier already had a voice. Blaxploitation had a voice. Black revenge has a voice. She's just trying to generate controversy for a film that she feels deep inside won't do well...

  • K | November 13, 2011 2:25 PMReply

    Her comments are soaked in white privilege and the nasty back-patting that comes from white people shutting black people out of telling our full and more accurate stories, in order to get the glory of "bringing it to light". She was doing the most with these comments; so much so that it's laughable. But it's also sobering to, as was previously stated, get a glimpse into the mindset Taratino and his camp are bringing to this film. (As though we didn't know this about QT anyways, but still..DAMN.)

  • Nemesis | November 13, 2011 2:24 PMReply

    LOL. Oh dear... I've read the script too, and it left me speechless - sadly, not for the same reasons that Rasmussen might think.

    I tried to read it with the tone of Inglorious Basterds at the forefront of my mind, but even then it didn't sit too well with me, and I'm one to often roll my eyes at overly sensitive (in my view), knee-jerk reactions to the offence some black people take to anything related to race. But this...

    Yes, it's a revenge movie but, as with most films with a black lead, it needs a white man to make it plausible because, it would seem, no black man would ever consider revenging white misdeeds without the help, and superior knowledge, of a white man. However, from slave rebellions all over the US South and the Caribbean, to the Mau-Mau in Kenya, this is obviously not true. But hey, this is Hollywood. It might be called Django, but this isn't really his film. Even the final denouement comes across like Django wreaking revenge for his white partner.

    And much is made in the script of the use and abuse of black women, but with a hint of latent (or even blatant, it sometimes read like) lasciviousness rather than outrage. Even when they're treated well, a point is made in the script about them being taken to a slave auction town for romantic weekends, so that they don't forget how good they have it and how easily they could lose that privilege. Fine, fair enough, but can we at least see some less passive, less accepting black women in the film! Not in the version of the script I read.

    I hope the script has changed substantially, as I read in the comments on another post a reader say that they were looking forward to the kick-ass black female character in Django. Um, they may have to contend with Colombiana for that.

    I've no doubt Rasmussen means well, but this just wreaks of liberal white folk treating black folk like a cause... a bit like trying to save wales or lions from poachers. And while I'm sure she knows her onions when it comes to filmmaking (that's an assumption I'm willing to make, anyway), why, oh why, couldn't Tarantino find any black people (men and women) to consult on this? It's not because he doesn't know any! His honorary black card is going to his head, I think. We know he's fond of using the "N" word, but does he even have to use it in the narrative part of his script (e.g. when he's describing events in the scene), not just when it's coming out of a character's mouth.

    After Inglorious Basterds, I was looking forward to Django, but neither the black male nor female at the center of this story has the legs that the jewish female lead in IB had. Seems even Tarantino is aware that angry black people is not something that mainstream America can take without some torture porn action taking place before hand that might... perhaps... justify his action.

    I can't see this moving changing attitudes to racism in Hollywood. At best, it'll justifying a slew of hideous "blaxpoitation-esque" efforts. Just what we need to expand the portrayal of images of black people.

  • Nemisis | November 13, 2011 5:05 PM

    So Tarantino did consult a black person and my conjecture that he didn't is unfounded. Like I said before, this doesn't make me feel any better about the script, just more disappointed, and my opinion will always be my opinion, regardless of how much name-dropping you do.

    Funny how you've summed up my film preferences, my views on all black people in Hollywood, and that I'm a black militant...

    Now THAT's what I call unfounded conjecture!

  • Harriet Tubman | November 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    Reginald Hudlin's involvement serves to highlight your unfounded conjecture as to Tarantino's consulting of "black people (men and women)"...I strongly doubt anything makes you warm and fuzzy, except maybe the possibility of zzzzzzzz The Inkwell-Part 2. Go ahead and think what you like: that few black people in Hollywood have a backbone, are immoral, and stupid...hmm, watch it now you're sounding like a legit agent. Funny how the Nazi and the militant black always have the same perspective.

  • Nemesis | November 13, 2011 4:00 PM

    Ah, so Reginald Hudlin's involvement is supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy about the script now? All that snippet of information has done is disappoint even further, although it's QT himself I find off-putting.

    I've never quite understood any black person being in thrall to QT. He seems like the kind of guy who feels that, just because he gives black people work, he can call them nigger to their face in supposed jest (regardless of whether or not they like using the word themselves... though, of course, it seems that in his mind, we ALL do).

    He strikes me as the kind of guy who, if slavery were still in place, would take other white people to the slave quarters to demonstrate how much "niggers" love him as he gets them to sing and dance for his guests while they all smile in patronizing delight.

    My take on the script is my take on the script. Who gives a damn what white folk might think if they read this?!

  • Harriet Tubman | November 13, 2011 3:32 PM

    That description is so grossly misleading that I'm glad you're making them on a site mainstream audiences won't see and ruin it for them. You asked, "couldn't Tarantino find any black people (men and women) to consult on this?" Well, while you were reading a script you have no business holding, maybe you should've attended the 20th Anniversary of the New Wave of Black Cinema in NYC. You would've been able to talk to Warrington Hudlin about his (black) brother's involvement in the film, unless your "perspective" found him off-putting.

  • Said | November 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    Great points!

  • Neziah | November 13, 2011 2:06 PMReply

    I like her already. :)

    "I need help understanding how the embracing of this film by audiences and critics will prove that Hollywood is truly not that racist."

    First off, strong black characters.

    Secondly, blacks portrayed with intelligence.

    Thirdly, blacks fighting back against the white man for their freedom and independence.

    I don't know how the final script is going to be either, I'm just making predictions based on her remarks; She obviously knows what's going down.

  • R. Freeman | November 14, 2011 3:14 PM

    If only...I don't care what was in a previous script, this thing is going down like this: White Man Hero, Black Man Sidekick. Sure, there will be scenes of heroic Black Slave Man vs. Old White Massa struggle, but once the Black Man frees himself, he will meet up with White Man Hero and together as "equals" they will proceed to find Hero's lost/threatened White girlfriend/wife/daughter. That will be the final plot of this film. You may see Black intelligence, strength and beauty. You may even see sexual Black love in this one. At the end of the day, though, its going to be a movie about a white man. Guaranteed.

  • Colored | November 13, 2011 2:02 PMReply

    This is a glimpse at what Tarantino and his camp think about what they are doing. He sees himself as a hero. Right there, we have a problem. I found this a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this man and frankly all these white men who are green lighting and participating in this garbage. Shame on Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington for being pawns in this mess.

  • Aaron | June 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    hes just another clueless shallow boring white asshole cashing in on black people's experiences. dont take him seriously (dusk til dawn anyone?) and dont pay to see his shit, and you'll be fine.

  • J | November 14, 2011 12:05 PM

    So... you say shame on Foxx and Washington for taking on a role with a director who believes in what he's doing? You called him a hero... and thats on you I understand haters always have different descriptions of events... and how this chick's comments were a fascinating glimpse on Tarantino I don't know. If there can be a movie about the holocaust and jewish persecution like inglorious basterds, then why not a movie about our ancestor's struggle? Yeah its from Tarantino's perspective and not a black director... but what do you expect? and it will reach a bigger audience that way.

  • sandra | November 13, 2011 1:58 PMReply

    Tarantino consulted with her....oooooook. Hopefully he consulted with other people who can actually provide him with insight on the material. It sounds like this movie is getting the typical hollyweird treatment. NEXT.

  • Dee | November 13, 2011 1:55 PMReply

    Someone tell this C*** that Blaxploitation had a voice before QT's appropriating ass was born let alone before he started making film.

    What she means is ignorant individuals such as herself didn't give Blaxploitation any credit before QT brought it to their attention.

    Well f..k her I'll never watch any of her output and if she's in Django Unchained, there's a film I won't be watching.

  • Harriet Tubman | November 13, 2011 2:14 PM

    Dial it back, Angela Davis. Vanessa put the shit in bold print so you couldn't miss it. Rie clearly stated that she's not in the film, but a character was written based on her personality, which sounds fiesty. Woo hoo, I see this film is going to turn the comments section into a cock fight when it hits next year.

  • Cortez | November 13, 2011 1:51 PMReply

    I don't understand how this film, based on what's been revealed, will prove that Hollywood is or isn't racist but whatever...I appreciate the love for "Jackie Brown" though. Her comments on Hollywood not picking up on that gem are true.

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