Pedro Freiresabout 1 year ago
Words mean almost nothing on their own. "Nigger" can sound different depending on who says it, when it's said or how it's said. Words exist do be used, not to be censored. A word can be repeated 100 times in a movie and still mean something different each time it's used.
I couldn't watch "Django Unchained" yet since I live in Brazil and who knows when the movie will open here, but I'm sure a Tarantino movie cannot be reduced to the number of times "nigger" is spoken. I've read reviews of the movie elsewhere on the web and they also raised this issue. I think it's a very narrow-minded way to watch a movie.
For example, when Stephen and Django engaged in a fight and the white guy screamed out "awesome", was he really cheering because two black guys would fight? Maybe the story was built in such way that the guy would cheer anyway, whatever was the color of the characters. The scene can't be pulled off its narrative context and simply analyzed that way. This is just an exemple of the narrow-mindedness I talked about that's been repeating itself on reviews of Django throughout the net. I know it's a spikey theme the movie treads on, but there's a bigger picture that's surely being missed in every review I've read so far. Let's try to find it.