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.