Quentin Tarantino Warns Not to Blame Acts of Violence on Movies

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When a tragedy happens, it's only natural to seek answers. In the wake of the unthinkable events in Newtown, CT on Friday, the question of whether or not violence in movies has a negative influence on greater society has once again been raised.

Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino answers with a resounding "no." Speaking at a junket in New York on Saturday, Tarantino that "there's violence in the world, tragedies happen," and that he is tired of having to defend his films.

Django Unchained Photo: Tarantino

The director has a reputation for excessive, stylized violence in his films. His most recent films, including Django, Inglorious Basterds, and Kill Bill, have all involved the playing-out of revenge fantasies in response to immense evil.

Defending his latest, Tarantino said, "It's a Western, give me a break," and that blame for violence should be put solely on the perpetrator. Do you think Tarantino is right? Or do depictions of violence in film and television effect our society negatively? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Django Unchained Quotes

[Cocks rifle] Who's that stumblin' around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged.

Dicky Speck

Calvin Candie: Your boss looks a little green around the gills.
Django: He just ain't used to seein' a man ripped apart by dogs is all.
Calvin Candie: But you are used to it?
Django: I'm just a little more used to Americans than he is.

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