Sarah Silverman defends use of n-word in ‘Django Unchained’

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Comedian Sarah Silverman performs onstage at the WE HATE HURRICANES Comedy Benefit For AmeriCares at Club Nokia on December 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AmeriCares)

Comedian Sarah Silverman performs onstage at the WE HATE HURRICANES Comedy Benefit For AmeriCares at Club Nokia on December 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AmeriCares)

Comedian Sarah Silverman is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of good taste and using offensive language in her material.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that she is defending director Quentin Tarantino’s repeated use of the n-word in his acclaimed new thriller Django Unchained.

“You can’t tell art what to do,” Silverman told TMZ. She went on to point out that it would be “odd” for a movie about slavery to exclude the racial slur.

Silverman has used the word herself in her stand up in the past and she made headlines when she planned to hold a “Ni**erhead” show last year to mock presidential candidate Rick Perry’s family ranch of the same name.

Although Django has received rave reviews, it has been criticized in some circles, most recently by Spike Lee, for being “disrespectful” to African-Americans and black history.