The Root: Reginald Hudlin Talks ‘Django’ and N-Word, ‘House Party’ and the Oscars

This The Roots (RT) interview with Reginald Hurling (RH), producer of Django Unchained, should lay to rest the debate about the film and use of "nigger" in the dialogue.

TR: Some people feel Django Unchained was able to be made because a white man, Tarantino, told the story. Do you think a black man could have done a movie like this where the victimhood is taken out of slavery?

RH: Sure they could have. Look at the movie The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972) with Fred Williamson. That’s a movie I saw when I was kid, and Fred "The Hammer" Williamson is not a victim. He whooped ass all through that film. It’s not a film on the same scale of Django Unchained, but he wanted to get it made, and he got it made. And it was successful enough to be made into a sequel –The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973) — which they even had a quasi-sequel to that, Boss Nigger (1975). I have to note, if you may have noticed all three of those films have the word "nigger" in the title, yet somehow black people — who are really the only people who went to see those films — supported them enough for there to be three of them.

I guess some people would say we are more sensitive [today]; some people would say we’re soft. I don’t know. I think the point is that we are at a different place as a culture than where we were back then.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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1 Response to The Root: Reginald Hudlin Talks ‘Django’ and N-Word, ‘House Party’ and the Oscars

  1. DJ says:

    When I was a kid, radio stations aired my generations’ political songs. They don’t do that anymore for fear of advertiser boycotts. They were anti-war songs and anti-racism songs. “Wake Up Everybody” by Marvin Gay( or was it Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes?) was fave. But another favorite anti-racism song was by Sly and The Family Stone: “Don’t call me whitey, nigger.” That message would not be allowed on air today.


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