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Quentin Tarantino, Don Cheadle Use N-Word Backstage at Golden Globes

By Olsen Ebright
|  Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:49 AM PDT
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Director Quentin Tarantino and actor Don Cheadle each used the N-word while addressing reporters backstage at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013.

Director Quentin Tarantino and actor Don Cheadle each used the N-word while addressing reporters backstage at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013.

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Following director Quentin Tarantino's backstage interview at the Golden Globes on Sunday in which he used the N-word in defense of "Django Unchained," actor Don Cheadle also used the slur.

"Hi, please no (N-word) questions," said Cheadle, prompting laughter from the crowd of reporters. "Black-people questions are alright though."

Cheadle spoke after Tarantino, whose film "Django Unchained" has drawn criticism for its use of the slur.

Tarantino addressed the film's dialogue backstage (embedded, above):

"If somebody is out there actually saying it when it comes to the word (N-word) that the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was used back in the Antebellum South in Mississippi in 1858, well … then feel free to make that case," Tarantino said. "But no one's actually making that case."

Tarantino said his critics want him to "soften" or "massage" the era's prevalent use of the slur.

"I never do that when it comes to my characters," Tarantino said.

Tarantino won the Globe for motion picture screenplay for "Django Unchained." Cheadle won the Globe for leading actor in a television series, comedy for his role on "House of Lies."

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