The director of “Training Day” is riding to Quentin Tarantino’s rescue. Antoine Fuqua admonished Spike Lee and other critics of the repeated use of the “N” word in Tarantino’s anti-slavery western, “Django Unchained,” during an appearance in Italy Sunday. “I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body,” Fuqua said at the 17th Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Besides, I’m good friends with [Django Unchained star] Jamie Foxx and he wouldn’t have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it.”
Fuqua, himself African Ameican, took Spike Lee to task for condemning a contemporary in such a public manner. “That’s just not the way you do things,” said Fuqua, who admitted to not seeing the film yet himself, at the Capri event. “If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly.”
And Tarantino’s handling of the subject matter from an ignoble period of American history has gotten rave reviews from other critics. The NAACP announced earlier this month that “Django Unchained” has been nominated for four Image Awards. “If you set a film in the 1850s, you’re going to hear the word ‘n—-r,’ because that’s the way they spoke then, and you’re going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality,” added Fuqua.
Last time we checked, people watched Quentin “Blood Bath” Tarantino movies to be thoroughly entertained with violence, great music, and a little bit of humor…but we digress.