Tarantino's "ghetto" gaffe: His Golden Globes Morricone speech does not impress

Accepting the best score award for the legendary composer, the "Hateful Eight" director shocks presenter Jamie Foxx

Published January 11, 2016 2:21AM (EST)

  (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)
(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

In his early movies, Quentin Tarantino loved using “the n word.” At the Golden Globes tonight, he pulled another racially-loaded term as he praised Ennio Morricone, who won best original score for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”

Tarantino called Morricone “my favorite composer.” He didn’t mean just movie composers — “that ghetto — but “I’m talking Mozart, I’m talking Beethoven, I’m talking Schubert.”

So far, with the win for “Mozart in the Jungle,” it’s been a big night at the Globes for classical music. But “ghetto,” no matter how Tarantino might have intended it, is a racially-charged term, and Tarantino has unleashed something online.

Jamie Foxx, who played the lead in Tarantino’s controversial “Django Unchained,” was not impressed. He simply repeated “ghetto” after taking back the mic.


This could have gotten ugly, but didn't. But you kind of wonder what happened backstage.

Watch the speech below:

Quentin Tarantino's Permanent 'F*** You' at Hollywood Landmark

By Scott Timberg

Scott Timberg is a former staff writer for Salon, focusing on culture. A longtime arts reporter in Los Angeles who has contributed to the New York Times, he runs the blog Culture Crash. He's the author of the book, "Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class."

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