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Quentin Tarantino Says He 'Couldn't Care Less' What Black Critics Had To Say About 'Django Unchained'

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

Quentin Tarantino is apparently unbothered by certain critiques from black people surrounding his 2012 controversial slavery drama, "Django Unchained."

In a recent interview with The New York Times T Magazine, Tarantino said he "couldn't have cared less" about what some black critics had to say about his film. 

 "If you’ve made money being a critic in black culture in the last 20 years you have to deal with me," he told T Magazine. "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."

A number of Tarantino's films have sparked controversy and discussion surrounding race, exploitation and the excessive use of the n-word. Director Spike Lee and actor Jesse Williams are among the many black critics who have publicly expressed their concerns over Tarantino's films in the past. 

In his New York Times interview, Taratino did not elaborate on what he considers to be "savage think pieces" by black critics but he declared "it doesn't matter" whether people get his films or not. 

"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 said. 

He also added that he believes his race should not be the focus of his films. 

"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 color 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.’’

 Tarantino's new film "The Hateful 8" will release in select cities Dec. 25. 

Read the full interview here

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