Quentin Tarantino is known for being outspoken, but the director’s now topped himself with an incredible statement about the state of American society. To Quentin, the Confederate flag is the equivalent of the ‘American Swastika,’ and he’s happy to see it removed.
During an interview with The Telegraph about his latest film The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino unleashed on the fact that there are still Confederate flags flying across the United States. The legendary director went so far as to call the Civil War symbol the “American Swastika.” Click through to find out why.
The Hateful Eight is a western set right after the end of the Civil War, and is ripe with depictions of racism and violence. But for Quentin, there’s a limit for what he wanted to show, and why. When Dylann Roof massacred black churchgoers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina on June 17, 2015, Quentin was moved to remove a line from his script that referenced South Carolina. It then made him start thinking about how after that incident, people were still flying the Confederate flag. He was happy that people were finally talking about taking it down across the country in the wake of the tragedy.
“All of a sudden, people started talking about the Confederacy in America in a way they haven’t before,” Quentin told The Telegraph. “I mean, I’ve always felt the Rebel flag was some American Swastika. And, well, now, all of a sudden, people are talking about it, and now they’re banning it, and now it’s not OK to have it on f______ licence plates, and coffee cups, and stuff.
“And people are starting to question about stuff like statues of Bedford Forrest [the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard] in parks. Well, it’s about damn time, if you ask me.”
It’s a bold statement, and one that’s likely to get massive attention. Many consider the Confederate flag, which flew for the South in the Civil War (the side opposed to the emancipation of slaves), a symbol of hate. It could be considered comparable to the Swastika, the symbol that represented Nazis during World War II. CLICK HERE to buy the ultimate Quentin Tarantino collection!
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