Don’t ask controversial director Quentin Tarantino if he thinks there is a link between violence in film and real life.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and the success of his ultra-violent slave revenge film “Django Unchained,” a reporter with UK’s Channel 4 News asked the director how he could be certain that a love of violent films doesn’t lead to actual violence.
Tarantino did not like that question. “I’m not answering your question,” he said during a sit-down interview on the day of the London premiere of the film. “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune, I’m not your monkey…It’s none of your damn business what I think about that.”
The director said that he has already answered the same question for decades.
“The reason I don’t want to talk about it is because I’ve already talked about it — I’m already on the record,” Tarantino said. “I have explained this many times in the last 20 years.”
When the reporter pressed him on the issue he said, “I’m shooting your butt down.”
Earlier in the interview, Tarantino referred to the slave trade in America as a “holocaust” and that he is happy that “Django Unchained” created a dialogue about slavery that hasn’t been discussed in 30 years.