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Ed Driscoll

Django, Unplugged

January 4th, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

“Jamie Foxx on ‘SNL’ — ‘Great’ to Kill White People in New Movie.”

Big Hollywood, December 9th, 2012.

“Jamie Foxx Says Film Violence Inspires Real-life Violence.”

Big Hollywood, December 16th.

“Quentin Tarantino: It’s ‘Disrespectful’ to Link Movie Violence to Newtown Tragedy.”

Big Hollywood, today.

(“Disrespectful?” You use that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.)

It’s early; the stars and director of the new film Django, Unchained can still change their minds on the role of movies and violence, and will likely do so again.

Oh and speaking of which, this seems like a good place to link to a new low point in Hollywood-media-industrial complex relations:

“Django Unchained” star Samuel L. Jackson took an unexpected approach to discussing the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film when he tried to get a Houston film critic to say the “n” word during an interview.

Film critic Jake Hamilton was asking Jackson about the frequent use of the racist word in the movie when the actor cut Hamilton off (about 14 minutes into video above).

“No? Nobody? None? The word would be?” Jackson asked.

Hamilton told Jackson that he doesn’t feel comfortable to say the “n” word, but Jackson tried to force him to utter it anyway.

“Try it … try it,” Jackson pushed. “We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it.”

Local newspaper film critics are a dwindling profession, and no one with such a job wants to cut himself off from the Hollywood gravy train of supplicating yourself while interviewing Hollywood stars. Which is likely the reason that the critic didn’t simply ask Jackson one word in response:

Why?

But then, it’s just another day in what James Taranto has dubbed “Most-Racial America,” presided over by a man whom Jackson voted for explicitly because of his race, before noting that “[Obama's] message didn’t mean sh*t to me,” to add further emphasis, along with his interview this week, to Taranto’s post-election observation.

(On the other hand, presumably, unlike many other leftists, Jackson is as cool as Fonzie with Matt Drudge’s controversial recent headline focusing on his new movie, correctamundo?)

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