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Quentin Tarantino won the Best Screenplay award at the Golden Globes Sunday (Jan. 13), but the big news is that the  acclaimed director spewed the “n-word” while speaking to reports.

When asked of his controversial slave film Django Unchained, and the excessive use of the racial epithet, he decided to drop the n-bomb to get his point across.

“If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word ‘ni**er,’  the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum South in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case,” he said, potentially making the media incredibly uncomfortable. “They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”

According to reports, the room went silent after Tarantino used the word.

Tarantino’s film has been plagued by controversy since the start. Aside from the subject matter, and the word-use, a collection of Django action figures did little to calm the opposition. Yet all of the attention has helped propel the film past the $100 million mark, as it has remained on the Top 10 box office list since its release on Christmas Day.

Django has also been nominated for five Academy Awards.


Photo: Rolling Stone