Golden Globes 2013: Quentin Tarantino, Don Cheadle drop 'N-word' backstage
The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit tweeted: "Quentin Tarantino drops the n-word in the backstage press room. Some journalists squirm uncomfortably." Which immediately launched a million angry retweets.
But context is everything, or at least something, and Tarantino was discussing objections to his use of the word in his film, which he insists is necessary in depicting the time period of slavery. "If they argued that I used [the n-word] more than they did in the Antebellum South, that's one thing. But, they're not," Tarantino said.
Tarantino has caught flack over the years for using the word in his screenplays and films, and filmmaker Spike Lee was among the voices to criticize "Django Unchained."
After Tarantino left the press room, Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series winner Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") followed and immediately cracked: "Please no [n-word] questions. Black people questions are all right."