Tarantino: Criticism Over N-Word 'Ridiculous' 'Django' is set in 1858 Mississippi, he says By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 29, 2012 1:28 PM CST 70 comments Comments In this Dec. 16 photo, director Quentin Tarantino poses in New York for a portrait in promotion of "Django Unchained." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) (Newser) – Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained makes liberal use of the n-word, which has brought plenty of criticism the director's way. Salon picks up on an interview he did with Harvard's Henry Louis Gates in which he defends its use in the slavery drama: "Personally, I find [the criticism] ridiculous. Because it would be one thing if people are out there saying, 'You use it much more excessively in this movie than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi.' Well, nobody’s saying that. And if you’re not saying that, you’re simply saying I should be lying. I should be watering it down. I should be making it more easy to digest. No, I don’t want it to be easy to digest." Click for the full post, in which Tarantino talks about how he helped star Jamie Foxx get in the right frame of mind. Or click here to read how Spike Lee is boycotting the film because he says slavery should not be reduced to a "spaghetti western."