There has been much controversy surrounding the film Django Unchained and its liberal use of the n-word. That scrutiny did not go away this past Sunday night when writer/director Quentin Tarantino, 49 used the word while addressing reporters after winning for Best Screenplay.

“If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word n—–, the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum south in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case. But no one’s actually making that case," Tarantino said in response to being asked how he felt about the use of the n-word during filming. "They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”

One vocal critic has been director Spike Lee, 55. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," Lee told Vibe Magazine. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors. That's just me… I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else." Lee then took to Twitter to express his views further. "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

After Tarantino spoke, Don Cheadle, 48, stood at the podium, but before he answered questions, he had a rule for the press in attendance. "Please no n—– questions. Black people questions are all right," he quipped.

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