Quentin Tarantino 'couldn't care less' about racial criticism of 'Django Unchained'

2012 film has been criticised for its depiction of slavery and race

Director Quentin Tarantino has commented on criticism of the racial elements of his 2012 film Django Unchained in a new interview.

Since its release, Django Unchained has been criticised for its depiction of slavery and its excessive use of the n-word. Fellow filmmaker Spike Lee described the movie as "disrespectful to my ancestors".

Tarantino has long been reluctant to discuss the issue, refusing to engage with Channel 4 News reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy on the topic in a previous interview.

Now, speaking to The New York Times' T Magazine, Tarantino said he "couldn't have cared less" what some black critics said about the film.

"If you’ve made money being a critic in black culture in the last 20 years you have to deal with me," he said.

"You must have an opinion of me. You must deal with what I’m saying and deal with the consequences... if you sift through the criticism, 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."

He added: "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 colour 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."

Meanwhile, Tarantino's forthcoming western The Hateful Eight will open in cinemas from Christmas Day.

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