Samuel L. Jackson Defends Use of Epithet in 'Hateful Eight'

1/6/2016 - History Professor Greg Downs in The New York Times.

One of the parlor games this winter movie season has been counting the number of times a certain racial epithet is uttered in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “The Hateful Eight.” The answer, according to Gawker, is about 65 times, which is less than in his last film, “Django Unchained,” where he recorded his all-time high, of sorts, for the word’s usage onscreen.

Greg Downs, a history professor at the University of California, Davis, and also an expert on Reconstruction, said the gist of what Mr. Jackson said sounded right.

“To the degree that the film tries to help us see how violent and conflicted the postwar period was, that is accurate, even of course if the details are invented,” Mr. Downs wrote via email. “In the big picture, I find it hard to believe that the film could exaggerate the violence of the postwar country.”

Read the full story in The New York Times.