How on earth could Quentin Tarantino follow up the oh-so-glorious Inglourious Basterds, in which World War II was Tarantino-ized and the Nazis were made to pay? By taking on the Deep South and America’s days of slavery, of course.
Because Django Unchained deals with our sordid past, morons on Youtube are already saying things like:
“I actually have zero interest in this film. HOWEVER, I am anticipating this film purely to see Republicans’, conservatives, Fox News’ and Southern Folks’ heads explode when this film comes out!” (ktchong)
I wonder if ‘ktchong’ is familiar with Locke, who wrote, “Slavery is so vile and miserable an Estate of Man, and so directly opposite to the generous Temper and Courage of our Nation; that ’tis hardly to be conceived, that an Englishman, much less Gentleman, should plead for’t” (Locke, First Treatise of Government).
I wonder if “ktchong” knows that Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of the Independence ripped into the King for promoting slavery, but that it was removed because of objections made by South Carolina and Georgia. And I wonder if “ktchong” knows that the founding fathers ingeniously worked around such problems by enshrining within the Declaration a set of principles that would ultimately make the Union’s existence dependent upon slavery’s demise (i.e., that whole “unalienable rights” thing).
I say this because according to certain segments of the left, conservatives are all a bunch of knuckle-dragging dolts who watch ESPN and Fox News. The truth is, anyone who is remotely familiar with our nation’s inception or the philosophers who inspired our Founding Fathers is not the least bit insecure talking about slavery. Forms of slavery have existed throughout all cultures at all times of human history. Until Western Civilization got its legs under it, that sort of servitude was the norm.
It was Western Civilization that helped to END slavery within the civilized world (since, as we know, it still essentially exists in certain parts of the world today).
Tarantino is a talented filmmaker. Period. His style isn’t for everyone, but it’s hard to deny that he makes movies that audiences can sit and talk about and dissect for hours after the credits roll. The idea that I as a conservative would be so upset that I couldn’t watch the film or that my head would “explode” watching it is absurd. If anyone is terrified of having an honest discussion on the subject of slavery, it’s liberals — the same political correctness police who tried to scrub Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer of any “offensive” language only a few years ago.
Let’s talk about Washington. Let’s talk about The Federalist Papers. Let’s talking about Hamilton, Madison and John Jay. Let’s talk about Adam Smith or de Tocqueville or Locke. Or let’s not — because it’s hard for keep up the lie that conservatives are all uneducated boobs when we do so.
Django Unchained will in all likelihood be a solid movie, but it will still be a movie. My suggestion for liberals who want to play politics with it would be to stay away, because this isn’t 2008. Conservatives are more than happy to take off the intellectual gloves. If the best you can do is to make dumb jokes about Fox News, you’re going to get bloody.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll watch the trailer for Django Unchained another five times.