Kanye West accuses Quentin Tarantino of stealing his original idea for Gold Digger music video and using it as plot for Django Unchained
Kanye West is taking on the subject of whether there are limits to free speech, which comes in the wake of his anti-Semitic remarks over the past few weeks.
While appearing on Piers Morgan Uncensored, West insisted ‘there are no limits for free speech’, after the host prefaced the question by stating he felt there’s currently a ‘war’ on the first-amendment guarantee.
In making his case, West accused Quentin Tarantino of stealing an idea he pitched to the renowned writer/director, as well as Jamie Foxx, for his Gold Digger music video and using it as the plot for his 2012 film Django Unchained.
Major claim: Kanye West accused Quentin Tarantino is stealing the original idea he had for his Gold Digger music video and using it for his slavery-themed Western film Django Unchained
West’s alleged pitch to Tarantino and Foxx would have had to happened before June 2005, which is when the rapper released the Gold Digger video that featured Foxx, West and a handful of pinup models posing for fictitious magazine covers.
Django Unchained began shooting in November 2011, and centers about a freed slave Django Freeman (Jamie Foxx) who works with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a plantation.
‘There are no limits for free speech. It’s all context, right?’ the Praise God star, 45, asserted to Morgan when asked if he believes there are limits to free speech.
‘Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where actually him and Jamie [Foxx] they got the idea from me because the idea for Django I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for Gold Digger and then Tarantino turned it into a film,’ he claimed.
After stating he feels there’s a ‘war on free speech’, which he blamed on liberals, host Piers Morgan asked West if he felt there are limits to feee speech during an appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored
‘No limits’: There are no limits for free speech. It’s all context, right?’ the Praise God star, 45, asserted to host Piers Morgan
While West didn’t expand on his claims, or why he waited more than 10 years to suggest his idea was stolen, he did make a comparison, when speaking about how free speech exists with context, to the film’s slave master (Leonardo DiCaprio) using the n-word in the film and not being deemed a racist.
‘In that film he creates a context where Leonardo DiCaprio is allowed to use n***** multiple times within that context,’ the Blame Game rapper explained. ‘So Hollywood’s job is to frame things. And they allow what content is accepted and what’s not.’
West elaborated more on the idea of free speech: ‘Everyone has thoughts and ideas and then people try to manipulate your thoughts and ideas. In order for humanity to move forward we have to be free to think and then to actualize.’
The interview comes in light of West being accused of making anti-Semitic remarks over the past few weeks, which he has continually denied were racist.
His take: ‘Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where actually him and Jamie [Foxx} they got the idea from me because the idea for Django I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for Gold Digger and then Tarantino turned it into a film,’ the legendary rapper and entrepreneur said when elaborating about whether there are limits to free speech
More tan 10 year gap: While West claimed he pitched his idea for Gold Digger to Tarantino and Foxx, and that it was used in Django Unchained, he did’t expand on why he waited more than 10 years to make the accusation public
Earlier this month, West tweeted that he would go ‘death [sic] con 3’ on Jewish people. He also posted a screenshot of a text exchange with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in which he suggested Combs was being controlled by Jews. He was promptly restricted by Instagram and Twitter, but has since regained access to his Twitter account.
West also criticized what he called the ‘Jewish underground media mafia’ during an interview with Chris Cuomo on NewsNation earlier this month.
The hip hop star would also face major backlash after he wore a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt at his fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France.
In the end, the Gold Digger music video had nothing to do with slavery, but the song went on to set a record for the most digital downloads in a week, selling over 80,000 in 2005.
As for Django Unchained, it would become Tarantino’s most financially successful film, grossing $425.4 million at the worldwide box office on a $100 million budget.
So far, Tarantino and Foxx have not come forward to respond publicly to West’s accusations.
Backlash: The interview with Piers Morgan comes in light of West being accused of making what many people believe are anti-Semitic remarks over the past few weeks, which he has continually denied were racist; he is pictured wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France in October 2022
Bonafide hit: Django Unchained went on to become Tarantino’s most financially successful film, grossing $425.4 million at the worldwide box office on a $100 million budget
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