Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley criticises Tarantino’s use of the n-word
The Oscar winner, who led the call to remove Gone With The Wind from a streaming service, criticized Quentin Tarantino for his "painful and annoying" use of the n-word.
John Ridley, who wrote the period drama 12 Years A Slave in 2013, successfully asked WarnerMedia to temporarily remove the classic 1939 classic Gone With The Wind from its HBO Max platform.
He argued that the representation of slavery in the American South before the Civil War reinforced the harmful stereotypes of the colored.
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Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley criticized Quentin Tarantino for using the n-word in his films (Ian West / PA).
Amid the renewed debate about race and culture, Tarantino's work was cited on social media. The acclaimed filmmaker, who is white, has been criticized in the past for the liberal use of racist epithets in his films.
Novelist and screenwriter Ridley told PA news agency Tarantino, "In a way, the word wallows," adding, "It is not used in a specific context, it is only used."
Ridley said, "It's painful and it makes you angry. But at the same time, I wouldn't sit and say," OK, you can never use that word. "
Ridley said that while there must be an "ongoing conversation," it does not mean "a reassessment of every thing in every room."
Tarantino representatives did not reply to a comment, but he had previously dealt with the criticism.
In 2015, prior to the release of his film The Hateful Eight, he posted "Critics in Black Culture" and said, "You wouldn't believe that a writer's skin color should have an impact on the words themselves."
Gone with the Wind was popular when it was published in 1939, but was criticized for its portrayal of slavery (AP Photo).
Ridley's article in the Los Angeles Times made headlines when Gone With The Wind was temporarily removed from HBO Max.
The filmmaker said his intent was not censorship, stressing that he did not want to "lock the film in a safe in Burbank" and would prefer it to be placed in the appropriate context.
In response to claims that he tried to "erase the story," Ridley said, "This is not a story, this is historical fiction. It is no truer than science fiction. Just because Spider-Man is in New York is not real. "
Ridley added, "And yes, there was a civil war in Gone with the Wind and there are plantations, and then there is a big decline in what has been portrayed in real history.
"So if this is a movie that can't survive a small context, if it doesn't survive conversations about what it was and what it portrayed and how it really helped to support segregation and Jim Crow The film really can't get up here in America. "
Ridley, who won the most adapted script Oscar for 12 years as a slave, was also the director of the documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982–1992.
He said the recent protests triggered by George Floyd's death were more significant than those triggered by the acquittal of the police officers involved in the Rodney King beatings in the 1990s.
He said, "These movements that we've seen in recent years and that have come from very, very painful experiences are seeing more and more different types of people who understand that when we're not there for each other, nothing really gets better will. "
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