Django Unchained

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Django Unchained” and 5 Reasons Why You Should Skip “Django Unchained”


It has been a long time since movie goers will be as conflicted over a movie, but that’s the sort of film “Django Unchained” is. The movie, the latest, by Quentin Tarantino, tells the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a Black man that finds freedom in a most unlikely manner. He eventually becomes a bounty hunter with a most unusual ability to kill. And, kill he does. He’s motivated to ruthlessly murder any and everything that stands between him and his lovely wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and those are mostly White plantation owners and workers that seek to hold him back. The movie offers compelling acting from Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and a lot of co-stars.

With that, Django will continue to generate dialogue between those that that love it or hate it. The opposed notions are representative of the characters in the movie since most of them have no grey matter. With that, AllHipHop presents an effort to offer both sides of “Django Unchained,” the good and the ugly, as told by this writer and the creators of this controversial movie.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Django”

1) In Some Demented Way, Django Is A Heroic Figure.

Quentin Tarantino [director] says: “There are a zillion dramatic exciting heartbreaking triumphant [slavery] stories that can be told. Everyone always says there are no new stories, but there’s a whole bunch of them, American stories. And I wanted to be first one out the gate with it.”

2) Ultimately, “Django Unchained” Is A Triumphant Love Story Between A Strong Black Man And An Unbreakable Black Woman.

Django Unchained Jamie Foxx Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington [Django’s wife Broomhilda] says: “I was very moved by love story because [enslaved] Blacks were not allowed to fall in love and get married. This is a story about a husband and wife when blacks weren’t allowed to be husband and wife. We get to see romantic stories all the time…those crossed loved stories. They’re not from different Italian families like romeo juliet, but Jamie [as Django] had to take down slavery and Candyland for his woman. I feel like this is a movie I had to do for my father. He had no superheroes. Django is a hero.”

3) Django Is An Enslaved Black Man That Immediately Seizes Power Like No Other Enslaved Black Man.

Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

Kerry Washington says: A lot of times people in past may have felt nervous about playing a slave because there are so many narratives about powerlessness. This is a film about a black man that finds freedom, rescues wife, who’s an agent of his own power. A liberator. A hero. Nothing shameful about the film. It’s exciting, hopeful and inspiring.

Jamie Foxx [Django] says: First off, everything in this film…we never get a chance to see a slave fight back, actually do for himself. there are lots of firsts in this movie…you make comments based on things you see you see for the first time…I knew coming into this that there would be a lot of things said…it was a fantastic ride

4) The Movie Is Funny And Well-acted.

Somehow, despite the subject matter. Quentin Tarantino – the sick genius he is – manages to create humor in “Django Unchained.” The funniest part was a gut-busting Klan gathering gone wrong, but there was many others in the movie. Quentin Tarantino: “In editing, I needed a cheer in end and had to figure out how to balance emotions. I didn’t want to traumatize audience so bad that they cant enjoy the movie.” So, don’t feel badly if the movie is enjoyable. The talent in the movie are without peer.

5) For All Of The Violence And Excess, We Get To See Slavery In Its Most Brutal, Racist And Horrific Form.

Django Unchained Killshot

Leonardo DiCaprio (The villainous Calvin Candy) says: “[Being the villain in “Django Unchained”] sucks, man. Being the biggest villain of the piece. My character represented everything wrong with the South. He’s like a young Prince trying to hold onto all his privileges at all costs. He’s a walking contradiction: raised by Blacks and lived with Blacks but had to see them as non-human. Calvin Candy is a narcissistic, self indulgent racist. He’s one of the most horrible characters I read in my life, but I had to do it. He’s too good of character…I hated him…could not identify with him.”

(Editor’s note: These quotes are from an exclusive press conference in New York City that featured the major characters of “Django Unchained.”)

5 Reasons Why You Should Skip “Django”

1) The “N-Word” Is Used 114 Times (Or More)!

The biggest mistake I made while watching “Django Unchained” was trying to count the number of times the word n***er was used. I stopped at 64. Sure, some argue it is powerfully contextualized in the movie, but I found it exclusively offensive. Spike Lee agrees. The “Do The Right Thing” genus tweeted, “”American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.” To me, Tarantino made the word into another character in “Django Unchanged,” a faceless antagonist. In “Django Unchained,” n***er is almost exclusively in a Virulent manner. My friend and activist Tarik Ross said, “QT got his rocks off having his characters saying the N word. He likes to say it to RZA and who knows how many other silly negroes who also get their rocks off saying it back to him.” At the end of the day, it was unnecessary, but true to Quentin Tarantino’s previous use.

2) Tarantino Spin Or Not, Do We Really Need Another Movie About Slavery?

Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio

There are so many slave flicks. Clearly, none that are of the Tarantino fare, but better from a historical and educational point of view. If we want a super hero for the current era, I recommend Quentin Tarantino or John Singleton or Spike Lee get The Nat Turner rebellion or the Black Panther comic book green lit into a big budget movie. Now, those are real super heroes – straight outta Africa!

3) Mass Killing Is Way Out Of Style!

A friend of mine, MSNBC analyst Ari Meliber argued – in an excellent piece for the Atlantic – that “Django Unchained” is actually amoral and void of critical thought of similar movies like “Inglorious Bastards,” a holocaust period flick also by Tarantino. He says, “While ‘Django Unchained’ presents a morally stark universe, where people do and say evil things with no remorse, it also luxuriates in the license that such evil provides. We are invited to cheer on the slavish killing of men and women, black and white, because they are implicated in an evil institution.” No spoilers here, but if we are going to argue realism – in the instance of the overuse of n***er – then we have to agree that the “black and white” portrayal of the characters reduces them to overly simplistic characters that really cater to people most base emotions. African Americans cheered at the end of “Django Unchained” at the screening I attended. No bueno.

4) It Gets Boring!

Frankly, “Django Unchained” clocks in at 165 minutes. As we sat in the movie, I began to wonder when it would all end. Parts of the movie dragged on endlessly and perhaps worse – pointlessly. Even amid the periods of action, the gun violence gets routine and generic.

5) Opening date on Christmas. Really? This is not the movie to enhance your holly, jolly holiday.

Django Unchained Samuel L. Jackson



Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur is the co-founder of AllHipHop.com and can be found on Twitter at @ChuckCreekmur.

  • “Now, that’s a real super hero – straight outta Africa!” . . . repeat that again, the Black Panther created by Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby is “straight outta Africa?” Let’s be real and honest.

    • Its a comic book…its not straight out of Africa but the character is. Lets lighten up. Let me know when you get “Brother Man” green lit.

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  • AHH ‘Chet…now I wanna see it again!

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      “there are no new stories”? – so wrong – Most of the Stories of Negro History Havn’t been told – and they are the Greatest Stories of Mankind.- whoever don’t belive that, dig into Negro History and reply back to me.

      • well after this im sure there will be more … QT knows hes on the pulse of something major wich is why he said “I wanted to be first one out the gate with it”

  • wow, Kerry Washington, “Broomhilda” ? That was a witch n a comic strip.

  • brotha_man

    these are the same reasons we should’nt listen to rap music

    • But are they the same reasons that we should?

      * I meant Hip Hop….I agree, rap is “premium turn cutter dingleberries”

  • TALK_BOSS

    N*gger $hit

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  • thuglifefukdapolice

    now there re plenty ov slave revolts black ppl just don’t want to find out light nat turner responsible for killing 75 slave masters or like how the blacks in haiti over threw they government and got free from slavery like a 100 years b4 blacks in the usa

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    or like shaka zulu who got enslaved and killed eveybody on the boat except a white women who took them back to africa and they killed the people who grabbed them up or like amistad slaves killed everybody on the boat except the captain

    • So_Subby

      That never happen Shaka Zulu never did that, you was probably ill informed by a white man trying to diminish his legacy.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        i’m assuming you never seen the movie shaka zulu the last great warrior bases on a true story how he fought to keep our people from being traded

      • So_Subby

        I know who he is and what he did for his people but he did not do what you said he did in your statement above

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        ye it did he got captured b4 and the slaves ended up killing everyboy on the boat except a white women it happend in his last 4 years of his life the moivie is called shaka zulu the last great warrior and then you got the other movie shaka zulu

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    the saddest part about slaver is africans were sold to the europeans by other africans it was rarely whites came and just grabbed people and if they did they had blacks helping them to catch slaves and they could get paid off them

    • $28825362

      Same thing happening today.

      • So_Subby

        How is the same thing happening today? Wtf?

      • ThatBostonMan

        If you don’t have nukes how are you going to negotiate with a gun to your head?

      • So_Subby

        Wtf are u talking about?

      • $28825362

        Slavery is more than physically being in chains. It is a state of mind. White people buy other blacks with money (rappers) just to have those black sell the idea of drug use, black on black violence, disrespect of women, and so on.

      • So_Subby

        Your a disgrace to say slavery still exist, when it doesn’t. Your looking to deep of the situation my dude. People choose to life their life as they see fit, back then u had no control over your life. The fact that you can say white people do this to black people, as if they don’t do it to white people or any other race. And those are black people who sell the idea of drugs and violence. Btw that’s not slavery dummy. You blame the white man but not the person who is actually doing those things wow just wow

      • $28825362

        You have a lot to learn, and a lot of living to do. You have a weak mind. You can’t disagree with respect. You can’t state your point without name calling. You hurt your own position.

      • So_Subby

        I have a weak mind but this is you who rather attack my personality than rather make a valid point against what I said. Look at the irony

      • ThatBostonMan

        What do you think the prison industrial complex is? You think there are for profit prisons by accident?

      • So_Subby

        What is your point? People are not force to be in prison, and would you not have prison? You would like rapist, murderers, kidnappers and etc to roam the streets? It’s 2012, slavery does not exist anymore. People who say other wise will always be mad at the system and fighting against a far more changed society, and fighting ghost.

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        there are actually more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history, approximately 27 million. Don’t tke my word for it though…

      • older black men schooling younger black men to the street life that eventaully getts these young black men enslaved by the system …. #moderndayslavery 😉

      • So_Subby

        Wtf shut up, you sound so ignorant that’s not slavery at all, that’s called brainwashing if anything. You clearly don’t know the meaning of slavery.

      • HEISDJ7

        It’s best that you seek knowledge & overstanding young brotha b/c obviously you lack in those departments. No hate, just an observation!

      • ThatBostonMan

        Yeah, it’s called surrender. According to tradition when a nation surrenders it’s people are enslaved and made into a colony. The whole myth that Africans sold slaves to Europeans? The truth is that was a form of surrender and part of the tradition of surrender is to give your conqueror whatever they want. That is still happening today as if you look at every nation in the world that loses a war to the USA what ultimately happens?

        The United States can take whatever it wants. China does the same thing, and Russia.

        Think of it like this, if faced with genocide and complete and utter extermination or give up all your property what do you think will happen? So in Africa after Europeans conquered that continent they took the biggest, strongest, smartest, best Africans from Africa to make as slaves. After a while Africans knew Europeans would keep coming and taking their best so they decided to just hand over the people of their own choosing instead but the fact is whether Africans gave their people up or Europeans took them the result would have been the same. The Native Americans had a similar result and thanksgiving makes it look like Native Americans sold their land, same myth.

        But you can’t really sell anything when you don’t have any rights and when a gun is pointed to your head. And if you do sell under those circumstances the person you are selling to is going to get a hell of a deal.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        bruh u sound like a fool the europeans couldn’t even defeat the native americans because they were too quick they will hit you and run and they knew the land europeans never ran africa maybe robbed it of its resources but could never run africa slaves were traded for guns and plenty of other things we were slaves for our own people servants not like cotton picking. at one point of time everybody was slaves even europeans from spain to irleland to italy to rome but when they abolished in europe they already was sending slaves to south america from africa but then they started taking them to the wet indies and usa we were just the last ones slaved

      • applesandapes

        @twitter-146766033:disqus You are misinformed. This is crazy. I am currently a grad student majoring in history with a focus on African American studies and I can tell you factually, AFRICANS SOLD AFRICANS. This is the part about slavery that White Americans and Africans are well aware of but African Americans aren’t. When you tell an African American the truth they try to pass it off as a conspiracy or “white man lies.” I went to Ghana as an undergrad and saw the slave forts and the point of no return. The Ghanian guide made it clear as day that Africans sold other Africans. I think it would even be safe to say that 95 % of all the slaves sold during the trans Atlantic slave trade were sold by Africans. How about you guys do some research for once in your lives. You can even ask some Africans if you meet them, a lot are quite proud of the fact they sold other Africans. Research the Dahomey Empire, the Ashante Empire and the Oyo Empire. Those three empires built their kingdoms on the slave trade. If you take racism out the equation then you will be able to accept what happened. Africans don’t and didn’t view themselves as one monolithic entity, they were broken down along ethnic/tribal and religious lines. Just like the English, French, German and Spanish fought one another so did African kingdoms. The P.O.W.s as well as the women and children of the villages they conquered were sold to the Europeans as slaves. PLEASE!!! DO YOUR RESEARCH BROTHERS!!! ITS 2012 ALMOST 2013. ITS ABOUT TIME YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!

      • Dejazmatch Kwasi

        It is true that Africans sold other Africans, however, It was the product of an internal African arms race. It was not a partner relationship. The African kingdoms sold prisioners of war in inexchange for firearms so they could maintain advantage over their rivals. If they refused to trade with the Europeans the other Kings would get the guns (mostly the old weapons) and they would become the prisioners of war. So, the Europeans exploited tribal war to their advantage. However, the Africans were not familiar with the type of Chattel slavery being practiced by the Europeans and some fought back when they became aware. We must be careful when we discuss our history because there are people who try to rewrite history to make the trans-atlantic slave trade the fault of Africans or make it seem that the Africans were partners in the trade. Slavery is not new to the world and the Arabs were enslaving Africans long before the Europeans, however, the Europeans introduced the philosophy of white supremacy and all the brutality that came along with it.

    • ThatBostonMan

      Consider that Europeans had guns. How are you going to negotiate with a gun to your head? Of course 100 years in the future a robbery could turn into a thanksgiving.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        fool they stood no chance in africa we had spears by the time they would have reloaded they would have got stabbed our own people sold us they wasnt kidnapped thats the truth i’m black and dont want to believe it i mean europeans have been defeated b4 in africa with the zulu tribe they defeated whites with just spears if you dont believe me watch the movie shaka zulu or read the book 33 strategies of war theis is recorded as the biggest defeat of old weaons against modern weapons and iff you didnt know 1804 slaves in haiti got their freedom they over threw slavery learn your history world history

      • ThatBostonMan

        That is one battle. Native Americans won in certain battles too. Japanese won the battle at Pearl Harbor but ultimately got nuked.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        u are talking ww2 not from 1500s to late 1800s and come to find out japanese and ethiopia went to war with europeans and pushed them back now in ww2 they started something but the japenses were so tuff that general patton let black people even go out and fight and what i’m saying is real history holmes no fabricated bull patton own words i dont care if your blk white green blue go out there and get those japs united states history goes to mid 1600s the world history goes on for a long time

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        you need study africa b4 you speak they was never scared of europeans. whites are weak for 1 yeah they had guns but only 1 shot the time it took to reload they could of stabbed plenty of men go study any country from the atlantic slave trade

      • ThatBostonMan

        It doesn’t matter if you’re scared. If someone can shoot you or use a cannon on you, all your bravest fighters get killed first because they weren’t scared. Japan wasn’t afraid of Europeans and got nuked.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        I don’t know too much about the japan and european war but i know atlantic slave trade and the native americans they never really could defeat the native americans. native problems were the small pox fact and europeans has the biggest defeat of old weapons against modern weapons africans were too powerfull for the europeans look at amistad slaves killed everybody on the boat whites had to shoot and reload it took some time cannon balls had be lit and fired by that time warriors would get close now i’m about to go look up japan and ethiopia wars its called wikipa like i said haiti overthrew slavery in 1804 it was over

  • SDS_Overfiend

    So let me Guess…… this is the inverse Story to Nat Turner.. Or better yet.. another way to dampen the reality of slavery by saying… “Atleast a white man Helped him” Ijs though… I peeped the same game in Roots when it was George’s son Tom saga.. He was betrayed by a white man only to get whipped then Bring in said white man and his pregnant wife into his home making him the token white character that help closes out the series… Typical studio bullshit.

  • H. U. S.

    Does this movie not remind people of a cartoon series? Seems like Tarantino stole the idea from the Boondocks, the story of catcher freeman!

    • So_Subby

      Seriously stop watching cartoons, if you feel it relates it have nothing to do with the boondocks clearly. It’s inspiration is from slavery not a cartoon.

      • do you know catcher freeman ??

      • So_Subby

        Dude they got inspiration from slavery itself, the same as the movie. You watch to many cartoons bruh

      • H. U. S.

        You have no idea what you’re talking about. It was a parody of ”Roots”, and how storytelling can be fabricated through time. If you stop being close-minded and look at the truth, then you’ll see that what we’re saying is true.

      • So_Subby

        Dude this isn’t to be related to a damn cartoon, you ignorant human being .

      • bunzallday

        “A person who values make believe more than reality is a slave.” -Charles P. Mitchell

      • So_Subby

        what was the reason to quote someone? as if what he said was a fact? all he said was how he viewed what being a slave is. i dont even know who that person is lol…

        and im not sure whether or not you said that quote to go against me but it actually is showing what @h.u.s is doing…

  • These pros and cons dont really say anything about the quality of the movie. Bad reasons, bad article.

  • Ryan Anderson

    It should be named, “10 reasons why to go see Django.” #LOVE Q.T.

  • they never gonna make a real hollywood flick on slavery cuz Black folks would get inspired. They do a movie bout Toussant L’Ouverture or Harriet Tubman (A REAL MOVIE) then we might start dreaming of our freedom in USA, where Blacks get mowed down by police, prison industrial complex, etc.

  • Wait, are there really that many “slave” flicks? I think people dislike Quentin Tarantino more than the film itself.

    Look, a few of these cons have fair reasoning to not see the movie, but as a non-Black moviegoer, I have to say that I never really thought of this film as being potentially racist until Black people started pointing it out. You guys have every right to be defensive, but damn, can’t the movie just come out first before everyone fires on all cylinders?

    • i dont think its quentin … its just the tone … and you know most folks dont “investigate” for themselves … they just go off here say … and the here say, kind of started by kat williams …. is that the movie is just some racist ish … to here it from them its a nigga fest of a movie and all the black people die in the first 5 minutes … now that would be a disaster of a movie for the black community … but it to be a triumph story thats a good thing … and you cant honestly do a slave story without the over use of the word nigga …. if we want to analyze anything lets analyze quentin for always incorporating racism in his movies … is there any true feeling behind this ?? or is it just his gimmick ?? but people just see it for what its worth on the surface instead of going to go investigate for themselves before making a sound decision just like folks who vote for a president based on bs like skin color and last names or cool nick names ………

      • imo you cant say anything about this movie then jump in the whip and bump some 2chainz rick ross gucci etc……. DJango is just a reminder ……. Rap is current and is shaping the minds of our youth …….. kids dont scream YOLO cause they read it in a book …….. lol 😉

      • Pretty much cosign on everything you said, thanks for the explanation. I do think it’ll be more gimmicky than anything else, which is risky for Tarantino to do. Well, we’ll see.

      • So_Subby

        Are you serious? You can not compare slavery to modern day hiphop, you people are mentally sick

      • No, people in Hip-Hop are mentally sick. Illuminati? Stop snitching, and then snitch again with twitter and social media? Blowing all your cash on jewelry and cars? Rappers lying about their own past? Do I really need to go further?

      • So_Subby

        How is that slavery? Wtf? We have freedom you stuck in the past nut case

      • Jon

        It’s not a gimmick. That’s how all those characters he portrait would talk in real life. It’s always funny to me whenever a rapper takes the moniker of shape his image based on an Italian mafioso. They are too ignorant to understand that those are some of the most racist people in America.

  • jbeamazing

    this is history and that’s how it happened back then pretend what you want but anyone that can read words,or have a shred of sense or can form there own opinion can see this is just a movie the blond guy from titanic is a actor and he is not racist

  • how is it “unnecessary” when you doing an movie that took place during slavery ?????

  • some people sell ignorance some people sex … i think we all should know by now that Quentin Tarintino sell RACISM lol 😉 every one of his movies has a SERIOUS racial undertone or its the ACTUAL STORY LINE lol

    • J.R Smith & Wesson

      lool… Subconsciously, maybe he is.

    • ThatBostonMan

      What was racist about Jackie Brown?

  • btw Tarantino calls RZA nigga ????? lol #notgonnajudge just gonna LOL 😉

  • Jon

    This sounds like “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”. I’ll definitely go see it.

  • Big Crimes

    5 reasons why you should see this movie:

    1. Slave’s revenge.
    2. Christopher Waltz was great in Tarantino’s last film.
    3. DiCaprio as a villain.
    4. Tarantino style action and dialogue.
    5. Guaranteed great soundtrack.

    5 reasons not to see the movie:

    1. Hearing the N word over 100 times (ever listened to almost any hip hop album?)
    2. Ignoring the real horror of American history (Inglorious Basterds was great though wasn’t it?)
    3. Gore is out (since when?)
    4. Comes out on Christmas (see it another day)

    5. Jamie Fox (i feel your pain)

  • scullyson

    I agree with spike to a certain degree why stop here…tell the truth and make a movie with Denmark and nat ?….BS aint nothin…Im not feeling quite a bit of this trailer already…Thats just me and i do know alot about my ancestry dated back to 1860 and a little further Places location and the good and the bad…History buff and like to talk with the older folks straight up…Energy is niether created nor destroyed pimp its transformed…Knowledge of self is key…

    • ThatBostonMan

      Why doesn’t Spike Lee make those kinds of movies? Why be critical of other people? I think Spike is being jealous.

      • scullyson

        Why dont John Singleton make this kind of movie ? who knows ? Maybe Spike is feelin some kinda way maybe he’s not….Maybe he’s that serious about his ancestry. You ever think about that ? Have you seen that episode with Spike lee on NBC called “Who do you think you Are”….Check it out if you get a chance..

  • So I guess Schindler’s List never should of been made, or even American History X? Education… in movie form.

    If thing’s actually happened in this world, they should be written about, they should be on screens.. Remember, it’s a movie, it’s a portrayal.. it’s not modern day.

    The Soprano’s a had a lot of racism in it, as does a show like Board Walk Empire, where they have even gone as far as KKK members hanging a black man, it’s a portrayal of how thing’s once were and how far people have come.

  • jayson Teeman

    When used in context,there is absolutely nothing wrong with the “n” word.

  • Vic Sage

    Tarantino is a master with it and I’m well aware and cognizant that its a Tarantino movie sorry but I don’t agree about the 5 reasons not to grab the popcorn and the fruit punch at the flicks. True Talk. Brooklyn Lives. Born and Raised. Early.

  • We all talk about real hiphop im doing something about it, go to soundcloud search chiefgotbeats 2instrumentals w/choruses the first track is called DAY OLD it has two choruses one i wrote for JCOLE and I switched the second chorus up so any MC could rock too it just to show my range as i writer. the second TRACK is THE ONLY BOY…#influencedbythe90′s chiefgotbeats instagram

  • Jehiel

    I have mixed feeling on the film but really enjoyed watching it. I don’t understand the “Do we really need another slave film” comment. Heck, for every slave film you name I will name 5 holocaust films that won Oscars!!! (LOL)

    Sidebar: After seeing the film my first thought was this is QTs cinematic representation of Frantz Fanon’s “Wretched of the Earth” Concerning Violence Chapter. My history buffs will feel me…