Kanye West Claims Quentin Tarantino Stole Django Unchained Idea From Him

Kanye West has claimed that Quentin Tarantino stole the idea for Django: Unchained from the plot of one of his music videos.
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Kanye West has claimed that Quentin Tarantino stole the idea for Django: Unchained from the plot of his 2005 ‘Gold Digger’ music video. 

The ‘Flashing Lights’ rapper did an interview with Piers Morgan, 57, on TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored, when he made the claim. 

The Yeezy founder, 45, accused the director, 59, along with actor Jamie Foxx, 54, of stealing his idea and ‘turning it into a film’ after he had pitched the concept to the pair.

Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband alleged: “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.”

Watch as Kanye West calls Piers Morgan a ‘Karen’ during their interview…

Neither Tarantino nor Foxx has responded publicly to the allegation.

The ‘Bound 2’ rapper didn’t elaborate but did draw a comparison – when talking about how free speech exists with context – to the film’s slave master (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) using racial slurs in the film and it not being deemed racist.

Django: Unchained (2012) grossed more than $425 million (£380 million) globally at the box office, becoming Tarantino’s most commercially successful movie.

The western action film follows a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife who has been enslaved by a plantation owner.

Ultimately, West’s ‘Gold Digger’ music video did not feature slavery and instead showed pin-up girls posing for fictitious magazine covers.

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West’s claim comes after he made a number of comments deemed to be anti-semitic over the course of the last month, which he has denied were racist.

In his interview with Morgan, though, he did make something of an apology to those he had offended.

West said: “I will say I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the Defcon [comment], the confusion that I caused.

“I felt like I caused hurt and confusion.

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Kanye West has accused Quentin Tarantino of stealing the idea for Django: Unchained from him. Credit: Alamy

“And I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I have been through.”

During Paris Fashion Week, West walked as a model in Balenciaga’s ready-to-wear show and was then seen in Givenchy’s collection wearing a Balenciaga-branded black tooth brace.

The fashion house recently announced they had cut ties with West in the wake of his wearing of a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt at his show in Paris – with the shirt even making an appearance on the runway itself.

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which tracks hate groups, White Lives Matter is a neo-Nazi group.

In recent weeks, West ended Yeezy’s association with Gap and told Bloomberg that he plans to cut ties with his corporate suppliers.

Adidas’ sneaker deal with West is currently under review, and JPMorganChase and West have ended their business relationship – although the banking break-up was allegedly in the works before the rapper’s anti-semitic comments.

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Written by Cal Gaunt