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Jamie Foxx's 'Django Unchained' Commentary on 'SNL' Under Fire

Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Jamie Foxx as Django in ‘Django Unchained’/Image © The Weinstein Co.
Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Jamie Foxx as Django in ‘Django Unchained’/Image © The Weinstein Co.

Racial panic has hardly abated since the recent presidential election. Apparently there is some right-wing fright over Jamie Foxx's comments about his new film "Django Unchained," in which -- as he gleefully commented during his recent "SNL" appearance (below) -- he kills "all the white people in the movie." Foxx was already on their radar for having jokingly referred to Barack Obama as "Our Lord and Savior" at BET's Soul Train Awards. I'm looking forward to the minor implosion that this movie will cause in popular discourse. It's got to be Quentin Tarantino's most controversial film since ... well, "Inglourious Basterds."

Taking a page from the Harlan Ellison playbook, sci-fi author John Scalzi has written a nice fat blog post explaining (rather harshly) why you should never ask a writer to work for free. He urges writers to hold up their end, too -- those who do agree to work for free only end up contributing to the perception that it's acceptable. Good advice for all would-be writers, even if most of us don't exactly have the leverage of a New York Times bestselling author.

Artist Julia Callon's exquisite dioramas have brought nineteenth-century fiction to life, in miniature. From Wuthering Heights to The Yellow Wallpaper, you can see what it might be like to inhabit these worlds (as if that was a safe or sane thing to wish for). You can see more of Callon's great, tiny works on her website.

As if in response to Alicia Keys' recent performance of the "Gummi Bear Adventures" theme song, this week Bruno Mars sang "A Whole New World" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at BBC's Live Lounge. Is this the new normal? Are Disney covers the new gold standard for pop stars eager to prove a little personality? I guess I've got no problem with it, but I'd have been far more impressed if he chose "Poor Unfortunate Souls" instead.

  • Thomas R. Householder

    Mr. Foxx's comments have convinced me not to waste money seeing the movie. How would those comments have been received if he were white and talking about killing all the blacks in the movie. "How great is that..."

  • Trish

    I am a Democrat. Voted for Obama twice. Come from a multiracial and multiethnic family. I found Jamie Foxx's gleeful 'I kill all the White people' comment offensive.

  • Samj

    You can watch the movie about but you can't talk about. How white is that? The history of this country makes for that statement. How white is that? I always say people don't really want to here the truth especially not someone else's. Some white people have been extremely disrespectful to this President and we all know why. How white is that? Complain Complain the truth is that President Obama being elected president has brought racism to the forefront and we all know that some whites alive and dead hated the day I mean both day this man was elected. Republican party represents one factor of this nation and I have friends of many races and married to a white man the world is changing and racism should be talked about. Now how black is that?

  • Julie

    It has nothing to do with right wing or left wing. It was an extremely racial comment and one that could not be said by a white person about blacks. This isn't the first time either that he has made racist comments. I will definitely NOT see this film nor any other film that Foxx is in. I would feel the same way if a white person had said this. But, according to the liberal media, it's okay to say things like that but they jumped all over the "binder full of women" comment made by Romney when it wasn't said in the context of sexist.

  • samjack87

    I have no desire in this day and age to go see a movie that utters the "N" word more times than F. Lee Bailey at an O.J. Simpson trail. Nor do I need to put a penny in the pocket of a man who thinks Obama is "The Lord and Savior". Unbelieveable, this is what we have come to. And now I hear he is suppose to be in the new Spider-Man movie. Oh, well I'm a big Spider-Man fan, but won't be seeing this next one if Mr. Foxx is in it. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Yolanda

    Its crazy, you guys are making comments about him stating the obvious, he does kill all the white people in the MOVIE. It is just a movie. White presidents have been idolized for centuries.What is wrong with blacks being proud of the fact that finally we can see some small glimmer of change because racism is alive and well in this world. And someone commented that if it had been a white person making the comment things would mhave been different. White people are still making racist comments on the daily. How wack is that