TMZ posted December 26 one of their paparazzi confronting Sarah (and an unknown African American woman) on the street about Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Django Unchained (about which Spike Lee has said, “I’m not gonna see it … It’s disrespectful to my ancestors.”). Here’s the full text of their comments, which have gone viral, often skewed as endorsement of using the n-word in film.
TMZ: [Django Unchained] is catching flack from Spike Lee and a lot of other people for using the n-word 110 times they counted. What do you guys think about– how do you feel about that?
SARAH: Doesn’t it take place during slavery?
TMZ: Yes, it does.
SARAH: Wouldn’t it be odd if they didn’t have that horrific word in it?
WOMAN: I saw the movie a couple weeks ago…They did use the n-word a lot, but it was– like– they needed to. They were dead smack in the middle of slavery with lots of bloody, gory violence, and comedy– I mean, this is Quentin Tarantino we’re talking about. Why would he take that out and play something safe?
SARAH: I think slave owners said it a lot. That’s why it has a stigma still today. Isn’t that–
WOMAN: It hurts, though, it’s true.
SARAH: But I haven’t seen it. But, you know, I love Spike Lee. We were just talking about School Daze. But he’s got a lot of mishegoss with a lot of art. I think you can’t really tell art what to do. It doesn’t really make sense, but I think you know what I’m talking about.
WOMAN: …It makes sense, it makes sense. You can’t tell art what to do. You heard it here first, from Sarah Silverman!