Starring Tarantino as Insecure Racist Boy (pulls out his race card as if it means anything)
““As a writer, I demand the right to write any character in the world that I want to write. I demand the right to be them, I demand the right to think them and I demand the right to tell the truth as I see they are, all right? And to say that I can’t do that because I’m white, but the Hughes brothers can do that because they’re black, that is racist. That is the heart of racism, all right. And I do not accept that … That is how a segment of the black community that lives in Compton, lives in Inglewood, where Jackie Brown takes place, that lives in Carson, that is how they talk. I’m telling the truth. It would not be questioned if I was black, and I resent the question because I’m white. I have the right to tell the truth. I do not have the right to lie.””
Quentin Tarantino pulling the reverse racism card responding to Spike Lee’s criticism of Lee’s excessive usage of the n-word.
Tarantino messing up right here…bolded some phrases that sounded alarming to me…
Yes, you can write whatever character you want—but you will never ever BE ‘them ’ or know the truth of any identity you are not because it is a lived experience. If you haven’t lived it, you can’t reap the “benefits” without the “disadvantages” or hurt or pain of living it. And to speak on the behalf of a certain community as if you could preach anything? Is impossible. As a famous person, to make a piece about slavery and think it can exist in a vacuum…you must be…simply ignorant and living in a dream world where other people’s histories exist as an exciting screenplay solely for your bored mind.
“That is the heart of racism.” WOW…white people being called out for claiming something they’re not is the heart of racism? Because, I think famous people like Tarantino being held accountable for their cultural colonialism is the beginning of justice and awareness.
He’s hiding behind his whiteness for people questioning his creative intent. If he could back up his art then he wouldn’t be falling into this false sense of “reverse racism” (which doesn’t exist, by the way.)
And yes, I am still mad at those other white directors for getting away with Cloud Atlas.