Though “Django Unchained’s” premiere was canceled after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December, director Quentin Tarantino doesn’t think it’s right to blame what happened on violence in movies. In fact, he thinks it’s disrespectful to those who were affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
“I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, actually … to talk about movies. I think it’s totally disrespectful to their memory. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health,” Tarantino tells NPR after getting annoyed with the interviewer criticizing the violence in “Django.” “I’ve been asked this question for 20 years — about the effects of violence in movies related to violence in real life. My answer is the same 20 years ago. It hasn’t changed one iota. Obviously, I don’t think one has to do with the other.”
“Django Unchained” is undoubtedly a violent movie, and has drawn criticism both for its depiction of slavery and its use of the “N”-word. Tarantino has defended all aspects of the film by saying it’s just that: A film.
During the NPR interview, Tarantino was asked whether “movie violence” became less “fun” after the Sandy Hook shooting, and Tarantino replies, “Not for me.” He got truly irritated when the interviewer called his “Django” characters sadistic, and pushed back at the use of the term “after the tragedy.”
“When you say, ‘After the tragedy,’ what do you mean by that exactly? Do you mean, ‘On that day, would I watch ‘The Wild Bunch’?’ Maybe not on that day,” Tarantino says. “Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other.”