Quentin Tarantino managed to spark controversy at the Golden Globe awards Sunday night by using the word n*gger. According to Entertainment Weekly, when asked if he was ever moved by the use of the n-word while making “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino responded:
“If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word ni**er, the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum south in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case. But no one’s actually making that case. They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”
Wait, there’s more. Don Cheadle, who won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy TV series for Showtime’s “House of Lies,” took the opportunity to use the n-word in jest, saying, “Please no n*gger questions. Black people questions are alright.” If you are going to call out Quentin Tarantino and Don Cheadle, we must also call out all those people who use the word constantly as part of their everyday conversations. I have also been pretty vocal about my disgust for the word, no matter who says, whether they are black, white, Asian or Latino.