Call me blind, call me oblivious, but I just can't find fault in a film where a black slave is a hero! The word NIGGER holds only as much weight as people give it. Do I think it is ok for people to go around calling black people NIGGER or NEGRO? No. Have I been called a NIGGER? Yes. Was it shocking and uncalled for? Of course. In the grand scheme of things...does it really matter how many times the word is said...in...a movie? Not really. At the end of the day, all the buzz centered around this whole NIGGER debacle has just increased sales for the movie, because that's how the entertainment industry works. You don't get ahead by playing it safe or catering to the sensitive crowd, you make strides by making waves. It just seems that sometimes people try so hard to find fault in something that they refuse to see the point, which can be good. How many black heros do we have in the movies? Not many. I'm not a movie critic and I never could be or would want to be, because you have to be critical and I could never spend all my time constantly wanting or having to be critical of everything I watch all the time.
I suppose I just choose my battles with a little more caution. The movie was good, I enjoyed all of it, perhaps we should stop putting so much stock in words and concentrate on actual actions, actions by real live people, in real life, and stop worrying so much about things like movies that aren't real, just a thought. Put all that energy into things that really matter.