Tarantino loses temper in interview: ‘I am not your slave’

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, January 11, 2013 10:41 EDT
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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Photo: Screenshot via London's Channel 4 News.
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In a heated interview aired Thursday night, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino completely shut down a journalist who wanted him to speak about his views on violence in media, telling him: “I am not your slave and you are not my master.”

“Why are you so sure there is no link between people enjoying movie violence and people enjoying real violence?” interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked.

“I’m going to tell you why I’m so sure?” Tarantino responded. “You’re not asking me a question like that. I’m not biting. I refuse your question. I refuse your question. I’m not your slave and you are not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey. I am saying I refuse.”

He added: “I’m here to sell my movie. This is a commercial for my movie, make no mistake. I don’t want to talk about what you want to talk about. I don’t want to talk about the implications of violence. The reason I don’t want to talk about is because I’ve said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it, they can Google me and see 20 years of what I have to say about it.”

To be fair to Guru-Murthy, he’s not the only journalist who’s run afoul of Tarantino on this subject in recent days. NPR’s Terry Gross asked him whether movie violence became “less fun” after the Sandy Hook massacre. Tarantino snapped back that it was “disrespectful to the memory of the people who died” to talk about movies in such a context.

He added that the whole line of questioning gets him “really annoyed,” which is plainly apparent in his talk with London’s Channel 4 News.

“Django Unchained,” Tarantino’s latest film, is nominated for five Academy Awards, including “Best Picture” and “Best Original Screenplay.”

This video is from London’s Channel 4 News, published Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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