Oscar-winning director Antoine Fuqua has spoken out in defence of Quentin Tarantino, after fellow director Spike Lee claimed that Django Unchained had racist elements to it. Antoine says that he does not believe that Quentin is racist and says that Spike went the wrong way about expressing his issues.
Fuqua explained, "That’s just not the way you do things. If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publically. I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I’m good friends with [Django Unchained star] Jamie Foxx and he wouldn’t have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it.”
He added, “I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak about it specifically, but we’re supposed to find some truth in films and if you set a film in the 1850s, you’re going to hear the word 'nigger,' because that’s the way they spoke then, and you’re going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality. I want my kids to hear those kinds of words in the right context, so that they’ll know that language is not OK.”
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L Jackson and was released in the US on Christmas Day. It is also set to be released in the UK on January 18, 2013.