Kanye West addresses the question of whether there are limits to free speech, which follows his anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks.
During his appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored, West insisted that “there are no limits to free speech”, after the host prefaced the issue by saying he felt that there was currently a “war” on the First Amendment guarantee.
In pleading his case, West accused Quentin Tarantino of stealing an idea he pitched to famed writer/director, as well as Jamie Foxx, for his Gold Digger music video and using it as the plot for his movie. from 2012 Django Unchained.
Major claim: Kanye West has accused Quentin Tarantino of stealing the original idea he had for his Gold Digger music video and using it for his western slavery-themed movie Django Unchained
West’s alleged introduction to Tarantino and Foxx should have taken place before June 2005, when the rapper released the Gold Digger video which featured Foxx, West and a handful of pin-up models posing for fictional magazine covers.
Django Unchained began filming in November 2011, and centers on 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 to free speech. It’s all about context, right? The Praise God star, 45, told Morgan when asked if he believed that there were limits to freedom of expression.
‘Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where actually he and Jamie [Foxx] they got the idea from me because the Django idea that I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as a video for Gold Digger and then Tarantino turned it into a movie,’ he said declared.
After saying he thought there was a ‘war on free speech’, which he blamed on liberals, host Piers Morgan asked West if he felt there was limits on paid speech during an appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored
‘No limits’: There are no limits to freedom of expression. It’s all context, right? the Praise God star, 45, said he is hosting Piers Morgan
While West didn’t expand on his claims, or why he waited over 10 years to suggest his idea was stolen, he did draw a comparison, talking about how free speech exists with context. , to the movie’s slave master (Leonardo DiCaprio) using the n-word in the movie and not being considered a racist.
“In this movie, he creates a context where Leonardo DiCaprio is allowed to use n***** multiple times in this context,” the Blame Game rapper explained. “So Hollywood’s job is to frame things. And they allow what content is accepted and what isn’t.
West further developed the idea of free speech: “Everyone has thoughts and ideas, and then people try to manipulate your thoughts and ideas. For humanity to move forward, we must be free to think and then to realize.
The interview comes in light of the fact that West has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks, which he has always denied being 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 the Jewish people. He also posted a screenshot of a text exchange with Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he suggested Combs was controlled by Jews. He was quickly restricted by Instagram and Twitter, but has since regained access to his Twitter account.
West also criticized what he called the “underground Jewish media mafia” during an interview with Chris Cuomo on NewsNation earlier this month.
The hip-hop star would also face major backlash after wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt during her fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France.
Ultimately, the music video for Gold Digger 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 budget of $100 million.
So far, Tarantino and Foxx have not come forward to publicly address West’s accusations.
Backlash: The interview with Piers Morgan comes in light of the fact that West has been accused of making what many believe to be anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks, which he has consistently denied being racist; he is pictured wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France in October 2022
Bonafide hit: Django Unchained became Tarantino’s most financially successful film, grossing $425.4 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $100 million