Rapper Kanye West recently stated that he came up with the idea for the 2012 movie, “Django Unchained,” saying he had pitched the narrative to the filmmaker when he wanted to shoot a music video for his 2005 hit single, “Gold Digger.”
He also shared that Hollywood icon Jamie Foxx, who starred in “Django Unchained” and also collaborated with West on the song “Gold Digger,” was present when he made the pitch to the director.
Before his recent claim, West came under fire for making anti-Semitic posts. His actions led to his suspension from Twitter and Instagram and prompted some of his sponsors to sever ties with him.
Read on to learn more.
‘They Got The Idea From Me ‘
In a recent interview on Piers Morgan’s “Uncensored,” West made an outlandish claim about the 2012 slave-themed movie “Django Unchained.”
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, the movie starred Hollywood A-listers Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson in leading roles. It became a box office success, and Tarantino subsequently won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for his screenplay.
On “Uncensored,” West claimed that Tarantino was not the source of the film’s inspiration. The rapper said that he pitched the slave-themed narrative to the filmmaker for a music video, but it ended up being used for the movie.
He told Morgan, per Metro, “Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where – actually him and Jamie, 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.” West added, ‘And then Tarantino turned it into a film.’
“Gold Digger” was a song West released in 2005, which coincidentally also featured Foxx. In the meantime, the actor and the director are yet to respond to West’s allegations.
Kanye West On Free Speech
In a different part of the interview, West discussed the existence of free speech in context. He shared that DiCaprio, who plays an enslaver in “Django Unchained,” used racial obscenities without being labeled a racist.
“But in that film, he puts a context,” the rapper said. “He creates a context where Leonardo DiCaprio is allowed to use the [N-word] multi- multiple times, within that context.”
It’s uncertain if West made the statement to clarify the anti-Semitic post he made over the past few weeks on Instagram and Twitter. The rapper has since been suspended from both platforms for violating their rules and regulation.
Apart from receiving flak for the anti-Semitic posts, West also made headlines for donning a “White Lives Matter” shirt when he made a surprise appearance at the YZY show in Paris. He is also being sued for £221million over claims he made about George Floyd’s death.
Kanye West Is Losing Out On Endorsement Deals
While the rapper’s action has strained his relationship with a section of his fans, his finances have also taken a hit, as seen by the French fashion giants Balenciaga’s decision to sever connections with him.
“Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” a rep for the company said in a press announcement on Friday per WWD.
Before Friday’s announcement, it was clear that West and Balenciaga were growing apart because the rapper’s runway photo had been taken down from both the Vogue and Balenciaga websites.
West’s ten-year partnership with Adidas also appears to be in danger after the German sportswear company announced on October 6 that it was “reviewing” its relationship with the Yeezy brand. Amid his string of controversies, the “Donda” singer had also ended his contract with Gap Inc.
‘We Ain’t Going Nowhere’
Speaking with TMZ, West claimed that the business cancellations and other attacks were made to “score points” before adding that anonymous key individuals were “trying to mute” him.
Despite losing sponsors and facing media condemnation in the past weeks, West is adamant that he would not stop speaking his truth as much as he wants.
He told the publication, “We here, baby. We ain’t going nowhere.”
The rapper also reflected on the loss of his deal with Balenciaga, disclosing that it did not cause a hole in his pocket, contrary to popular opinion.
“I ain’t losing no money,” he continued. “The day I was taken off the Balenciaga site, that was one of the most freeing days.”