Monday, February 11, 2013
The Offensiveness of Historical Accuracy
Kill Bill was the last Tarantino film I saw. The reviews said the violence was akin to that found in Anime cartoons. Okay, I thought, is that like what you might see in Speed Racer or Pokemon? As I watched limbs being severed and blood spewing forth, I soon discovered that I didn't really know what Anime was.
I will put aside my aversion to killing and bad language to see Tarantino's latest. Django Unchained takes place during a horrific era in American history. Slavery days are a painful scab in our nation's past, but from what I've read, Tarantino has used historical accuracy to show the nasty underside of a time too many of us would rather keep swept under the rug.
I read an article yesterday that outlined the "Ten Most Offensive Moments in Django Unchained." Well, those moments might offend today, but unfortunately, events like those characterized really did happen. As mentioned earlier, I haven't seen the film, but I am very interested in the time period. During research on my novel, Escape: Book One of the Unchained Trilogy, I read many heart-wrenching and appalling slave narratives. So I applaud Mr. Tarantino for not holding back, and telling it like it was.
Have you seen Django Unchained?
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