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Tarantino's Use of Word 'Ghetto' Doesn't Go Over Well

Twitter wasn't happy
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2016 10:16 PM CST

(Newser) – Ennio Morricone wasn't on hand to accept his best score award for Hateful Eight during Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, so director Quentin Tarantino hopped onto the stage to accept it for him. And while his gushing about the 87-year-old Morricone's esteemed career was more or less appropriate, what he said next rubbed many the wrong way. "And when I say favorite composer, I don't mean movie composer—that ghetto," he said, per the Independent. "I'm talking about Mozart. I'm talking about Beethoven. I'm talking about Schubert."

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Presenter Jamie Foxx, who starred in Tarantino's Django Unchained, returned to the mic when Tarantino was done and simply repeated, "Ghetto?" Folks on social media didn't seem thrilled by the director's choice of words, either, posting screenshots of apparently displeased audience members like Regina King and Rihanna. One commenter, though, tried to add some perspective: "Quentin tarantino says ghetto and everyone gets offended. Where were you guys at when he put the n-word in his movie over 100 times." (Read more Golden Globes stories.)

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