“Django Unchained is a movie about black love,” states producer Reginald Hudlin

Hudlin, who serves as a co-producer on the western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino weighs in on the controversy surrounding the movie’s release.

It’s been coined as one of the most controversial movies of 2012 due to its depiction of slavery and its repetitive and derogatory use of the N-word, but for Hudlin, who along with Tarantino set out to make an accurate movie about slavery, the movie signifies much more.

 “There are much bigger issues about black love and the legacy of slavery, black, white relations then and now and the twisting of science to justify white supremacy,” shares Hudlin, a pioneer of the modern black film movement, who created influential movies like House Party,  Boomerang and Bebe’s Kids. “We have to remember not only the best of who we are, but the worst of who we are, and we’re not going to appreciate the best of who we are until we see and celebrate the heroism of people who saw evil and faced it down.  These characters are fictional, but represent hundreds, if not more, of real men and women, Black, White, who stood up in the face of evil.’”

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who joins forces with a bounty hunter to find his wife and has already earned an estimated $30.7 million since its release on Christmas Day.

“A referee match is very entertaining to people,” continues Hudlin. “I have watched the movie with over a dozen audiences, and no one I have talked to who has actually seen the films brings up the use of it [N-word]. People want to talk about bolder, bigger things in the show. I get that this controversy is convenient, but it’s frustrating for me as I can name many things more interesting that talking about that. People will talk about what’s easy but not what’s interesting.”

“Django Unchained” also stars Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson and is currently playing in theaters.

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