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Does a white guy have any business making a movie about slavery?

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I was just listening to an interview about Quentin Tarantinos new film Django Unchained. The interviewer mentioned that she was black then asked him why he, a white guy, was the right person to tell this story.

Seemed like kind of a weird question...its not like Peter Jackson is a Hobbit.
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by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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romalove
by Roma on Dec. 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I don't get to see many movies in theaters (I used to, but time and business things don't allow it as much).  Right now I am dying to see Les Miserables, This Is 40, and Silver Lining Playbook.  I just have no desire to see Django Unchained.  As I get older my desire to see violent filled movies lessens and lessens.

They do know this isn't a documentary, right?

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Not even close.

Quoting nan00:

 Why not?

There were slave masters, and slaves in every family down through history.


emmy526
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

by all means, let's make it a 'race' issue

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 7:58 AM


Quoting UpSheRises:

I was just listening to an interview about Quentin Tarantinos new film Django Unchained. The interviewer mentioned that she was black then asked him why he, a white guy, was the right person to tell this story.

Seemed like kind of a weird question...its not like Peter Jackson is a Hobbit.


Why you hating on this poor black woman?

ashellbell
by shellbark on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM
That movie kicked ass. So much ass.
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM


Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting UpSheRises:

Does a white guy have any business making a movie about slavery?


The interviewer mentioned that she was black then asked him why he, a white guy, was the right person to tell this story.

Your title and the quote don't match.

The title is one question.

But what the interviewer asked is something much more reasonable.   She asked a specific person in front of her why he was the right person to tell a particular story.  That's a good leading interview question.

Since i heard the interview and you did not i can, without a doubt, ensure you that she was asking specifically about race.

MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM
This is exactly what I was going to say.


Quoting Dzyre1115:

 Since there are no living slaves, any person, black or white, that has studied the history of slavery, is just as qualified as the next guy!


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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM


Quoting mommajen32:

I see no issue with it, Spike Lee is just pissed ...and there are a couple people they can put a mic in front of that will give a sideways opinion too. I heard that it isn't very good though. I will always think of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill or Desperato...not real historical movies ....when it comes to Tarentino

During the interview he referred to his films as "revisionist history".

Rhiannon92
by Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Tarantino is allowed to do what he wants. End of story.

Lol, but seriously Tarantino is a great film maker and none of the black people being a part of his film, including Jaime Foxx, had any problem with it..so what's hers? That dumb chick probably hasn't even seen the movie.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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Quoting UpSheRises:
Quoting Clairwil:
Quoting UpSheRises:

Does a white guy have any business making a movie about slavery?


The interviewer mentioned that she was black then asked him why he, a white guy, was the right person to tell this story.

Your title and the quote don't match.

The title is one question.

But what the interviewer asked is something much more reasonable.   She asked a specific person in front of her why he was the right person to tell a particular story.  That's a good leading interview question.

Since i heard the interview and you did not i can, without a doubt, ensure you that she was asking specifically about race.

Sure, but was she saying "You don't have a right to tell this story, because you are white" ?

Or was she saying "Persuade me.  Given your background X, Y & Z, what makes you the right person to tell this particular story" ?

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