by Kevin Jagernauth
January 2, 2013 1:16 PM 56 Comments
There has been no shortage of opinion over Quentin Tarantino's hit slavery/western vengeance pic "Django Unchained." Even though neither of them have actually seen it, Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua have both weighed in on the matter, but the debate still rages, particularly over the use of the word "nigger" in the film. And now two more people are letting their voices be heard on the matter.
First up, troubled comedian Katt Williams, who these days seems to have a permanent police detail on him, has threatened to punch Quentin Tarantino in the face over the movie. The ever present TMZ cornered the funnyman and asked him about the movie. "Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of Ni**adom and nobody knows where he got his pass from. I hope he didn’t get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx cause they aren’t going to help you when I see you,” he warned.
When asked about the difference between Steven Spielberg, who directed "Amistad," and Tarantino, Williams continued: "Quentin Tarantino is no Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg doesn’t wanna be black, Quentin Tarantino thinks he is. So when he meets a real ni**a, we’ll see if he is or not.”
Meanwhile, when critic and reporter Jack Hamilton recently tried to bring up the n-word controversy with Jackson, the actor turned the table on the journo, baiting him to say it. "Have you ever said it? Try it!" the actor exclaimed, while Hamilton pivoted around it uncomfortably, but admirably. He chose not to say it and the interview moved on, but the entire moment pretty much illustrates the two sides of the larger discussion about the use (or non-use) of the word. Watch both videos of Williams and Jackson below. [FilmDrunk/Vulture]