By Jueseppi B.
From The Grio:
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“Django Unchained has received overwhelmingly strong praise from film critics, and at the same time ignited a highly publicized controversy over Quentin Tarantino’s use of the n-word in his script. However, the controversy surround the slave revenge epic seems to be translating into big profits. As the weekend approaches, Django Unchained is holding the top spot at the box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson took in $4,551,813 Wednesday, beating out the holiday heavyweight The Hobbit and the hit musical Les Miserables. In just 9 days, Django has brought in an impressive $83 million in domestic box office sales, which is impressive considering that 1997’s slave epic Amistad only made $44 million during its entire run.
Django is on pace to be Tarantino’s biggest film ever at the box office. According to the Toronto Sun “if the trend holds, the blood-soaked slave-revenge fable will rack up more at the box office than Pulp Fiction ($213.9 million worldwide), Kill Bill Vol. 1 ($180.9 million worldwide), Kill Bill Vol. 2 ($152.1 million worldwide) and previous record holder, Inglourious Basterds ($321.4 million worldwide).”
Although the n-word is reportedly used 110 times in Django, black audiences have been supportive of the film.”
Django Unchained – Official Trailer (HD)
Published on Jun 6, 2012
http://www.joblo.com - “Django Unchained” – Official Trailer
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio
In theatres: December 25, 2012.
Why do people give such power to the word nigger?
You can think it, but you can’t say it.
And you KNOW you think it.
I just walked in the house from viewing Django Unchained and it was very good entertainment. Thats all it was.
Django Unchained is NOT historical fact nor is it in any way a retelling of Black History. Django Unchained is a film that was made for profit and to entertain an audience.
Thats all it is.
The use of the word nigger in any entertainment venture, whether it be comedy, song, poem, story, or film, is just another tool to get you & me to pay money to see and hear that word used.
If you are offended by the use of the word nigger, might I suggest you stay away from any places where that word just might come to be used. Remember this simple fact, the word nigger gets it’s power from our misunderstanding of what the word means and whom it applies to when used. We give that word power, a power it does not deserve.
Black Americans have taken a negative word, in nigger, and turned it around to be a very positive word in some sections of the Black community. The spelling was changed from nigger to niggah, or nigga. It is considered acceptable, when applied to a close friend or buddy, just as “my dogg’ is used to signify friendship….so is “my niggah” or “my nigga”. It signifies a close relationship between users of the word.
As Biggie would say…”if you don’t know, now you know”
If you are concerned about racism and the use of the word nigger, stop using it around your caucasian friends, in the basement, after dark, in a whisper. Stop thinking it the second you get angry with someone of color.
I didn’t see one thing in the film Django Unchained that offended me as a Black man who uses the word nigger when I feel it applies.
I have watched old cowboy films depicting Native Americans in a light that offended my Pawnee Indian heritage, much more than this film, Django Unchained, or the use of the word nigger in this film.
I have met people of all races, nationalities, genders, religions, sexual orientations and cultures who are niggers.
Take a moment to digest that fact.
All this fake, made up, phony, pseudo, false & boring controversy over the use of the word nigger in Django Unchained is stupid. Developed by morons. Idiots with too much time on their hands. The same folks who think and feel the word nigger often, but just have no balls to say it out loud. Thinking it but not saying the word nigger….still makes you racist.
No matter what your skin tone is.
Hear me Mr. Spike Lee?
Nigger. It’s just a word. Much like Django Unchained is just a film.
Words don’t define me as a Black man nor does the word nigger define a nation of Black Americans.
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