[Movies] Quentin Tarantino Says Movie Violence Shouldn't Be Blamed For Shootings
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.04.2013
In an interview with NPR, Quentin Tarantino says it's disrespectful to blame movie violence for the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here are highlights:
On movie violence being blamed for shootings: ""I think it's disrespectful to their memory, actually ... to talk about movies. I think it's totally disrespectful to their memory. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health. I've been asked this question for 20 years -- about the effects of violence in movies related to violence in real life. My answer is the same 20 years ago. It hasn't changed one iota. Obviously, I don't think one has to do with the other."
On Django Unchained's "sadistic" characters shown after the tragedy: "When you say, 'After the tragedy,' what do you mean by that exactly? Do you mean, 'On that day, would I watch 'The Wild Bunch'?' Maybe not on that day. Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other."
On what isn't acceptable in a movie: "The only thing that I've ever watched in a movie that I wished I'd never seen is real-life animal death or real-life insect death in a movie. That's absolutely, positively where I draw the line. And a lot of European and Asian movies do that, and we even did that in America for a little bit of time. ... I don't like seeing animals murdered on screen. Movies are about make-believe. ... I don't think there's any place in a movie for real death."