Quentin Tarantino: It's 'Disrespectful' to Link Movie Violence to Newtown Tragedy

Director Quentin Tarantino isn't happy to be fielding questions about the societal impact movie violence may have during his publicity push for "Django Unchained."

The film, which features the director's signature hyper-violence, is drawing criticism in the wake of last month's horrific school shooting in Connecticut. Tarantino became irritable this week when an interviewer tried to get his views on the relation, if any, between movie violence and real-life atrocities such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

In an interview with National Public Radio, the “Django Unchained” director, who got annoyed answering the question, said the true issue is about gun control and mental health rather than violence in movies.

“I think it’s disrespectful to … the memory of the people who died to talk about movies,” Tarantino said. “I think it’s totally disrespectful to their memory.” Tarantino said his stance on movie violence “hasn’t changed one iota” over the past 20 years.


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