“All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me… I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.”
Sensing the imminent backlash the acclaimed Brooklyn director went online to further clarify his views. “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”
In the film, Jamie Foxx helms the title role, and sets out on a journey alongside a bounty hunter, played by Christolph Waltz. The duo plots to rescue Foxx’s character’s wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. Django has been criticized for trivializing slavery by tacking on the silly– albeit unique– bounty hunter storyline. “We knew there was going to be controversy,” said Leonardo DiCaprio who plays a slave master, and Broomhilda’s owner. “The question is: What is not a realistic depiction? I would argue that it is. It is Quentin’s re-creation; this character doesn’t exist. There’s nobody that is documented to do what Jamie’s character has done at the time. But the documentaries I saw went even further.”
Django Unchained opens Christmas Day.