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January 4, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Director Quentin Tarantino has denied that violent films like his current Django Unchained contribute to real-life violence. Interviewed on Terry Gross’s NPR program Fresh Air, Tarantino maintained that complaints that violent behavior in the U.S. can be attributed to movies and video games are absurd and that other countries produce films with even more violent content without seeing anything near the number of killings that occur in this country. “Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Would I watch a kung fu movie? Maybe, ’cause they have nothing to do with each other,” he told Gross. When she remarked that he sounded annoyed, he replied, “I’m really annoyed. I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, the memory of the people who died, to talk about movies … Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.” He did remark that there is one type of film violence that he regards as out of bounds. “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. … Movies are about make-believe. … I don’t think there’s any place in a movie for real death.” Posted on the British Guardian website, Tarantino’s comments drew much approval, many of them noting that they see the same films in the U.K. that Americans see, without ever experiencing mass killings. One said that he had just returned from the U.S. “To us Brits, such an occurrence in the U.K. seems unthinkable. To the Yanks I spoke to, it seemed almost inevitable (and, of course, it WILL happen again somewhere.)”