Quentin Tarantino is a dick.
I feel very comfortable making that statement, especially after his interview with Bret Easton Ellie in New York Times T magazine, He dismisses any criticism of race in his films and disses Ava DuVernay’s Selma as being worthy an Emmy. Ouch! (QT later backtracked by saying he hadn’t even seen Selma and that he had phrased the Emmy crack as a question.)
But that wasn’t the worst part, the worst part was this little nugget:
If you’ve made money being a critic in black culture in the last 20 years you have to deal with me,’’ he says. ‘‘You must have an opinion of me. You must deal with what I’m saying and deal with the consequences.’’ He pauses, considers. ‘‘If you sift through the criticism,’’ he says, ‘‘you’ll see it’s pretty evenly divided between pros and cons. But when the black critics came out with savage think pieces about ‘Django,’ I couldn’t have cared less. If people don’t like my movies, they don’t like my movies, and if they don’t get it, it doesn’t matter. The bad taste that was left in my mouth had to do with this: It’s been a long time since the subject of a writer’s skin was mentioned as often as mine. You wouldn’t think the color of a writer’s skin should have any effect on the words themselves. In a lot of the more ugly pieces my motives were really brought to bear in the most negative way. It’s like I’m some supervillain coming up with this stuff.’’
4 minute sigh.
Yes Quentin honey, skin color shouldn’t matter, BUT IT DOES. Ask any Black filmmaker how much it matters. And seriously, does anyone really think his skin color gets mentioned more than Spike Lee’s? No one calls QT “White Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino” but try finding a reference to Spike Lee or Ava DuVernay that DOESN’T mention they’re black. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
I’m not denying QT’s talent as filmmaker. His films look great, even if I find all the gore and all the N-words gratuitous. However he really needs to lose the victim mentality. Django Unchained would not have happened had a black film maker pitched it, full stop. He got to make it and he got a lot of money and critical praise for it. Had a black film maker made it, it would have been “Oh look someone whining about race again. It’s time to get over slavery.”
QT has been benefited a lot from white privilege even if he has taken criticism for being a white guy who makes movies about the black experience. But he still gets to make his movies the way he wants to and that’s a huge privilege. I just wish he and his little fan boys would recognize that.
And someone tell him to get his ass to see Selma before he mouths off again.