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LeVar Burton

'Django Unchained' Is

NOTHING Like 'Roots'

2/6/2013 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Django Unchained" is NOT a movie that's based in reality ... and should NEVER be compared to real depictions of slavery like "Roots" ... so says LeVar Burton.

LeVar -- who played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 miniseries -- was in New York yesterday to participate in a PBS special about important TV programs ... when we asked him about comparisons between "Roots" and "Django."

"Here's what I want folks to understand," Burton said ... "'Django' is a fantasy, it's not history ... 'Roots' is history ... and that's the difference."

Side note -- Our photog couldn't have been LESS articulate in delivering the question ... and as a consequence, the entire newsroom banned together to shame and taunt him without mercy.

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31.

jayman419    

Uh... Levar, that's kind of like the pot calling the kettle, you know what? Nevermind. I'll let the statement released after the settlement explain it.

""Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from The African by Harold Courlander found their way into his book, Roots."

Judge Ward stated, "Alex Haley perpetrated a hoax on the public."

Roots was fiction. Plain and simple.

520 days ago
32.

Spicy mag    

Your career is history. Sorry that was too easy.

520 days ago
33.

cncydickens    

The photography should be fired. Not for what he said in the video. But for what he said on the show. Being a slave is cool. He's a racist a**hole!!!!!!

520 days ago
34.

Cooley    

Roots is an amazing saga. I love Tarantino, but I didn't appreciate him disrespecting Roots by criticizing it just because it lacked the revenge tones of Django.

I thought Tarantino capitalized on issues and themes started in Roots. Samuel Jackson's character was a more demonic Fiddler, the **** fighting turned to slave fighting, Tom's desire to buy freedom for his family became Django's goal of resucing Broomhilda, etc.

Tarantino criticized Roots for beign unrealistic yet had an incredible number of unrealistic aspects.

520 days ago
35.

Nicoleasm    

"You're the best slave ever!".....ummmm..you can hear crickets chirping! LOL

520 days ago
36.

Cooley    

For all you people parroting the view that Roots was fiction. Plagiarism and fiction are not synonymous.

Plagiarism deals with how things are writen and described. The slavery experience is certainly universal in some aspects and Haley unfortunately lifted "3 small passages" from the book "The African" that came out 9 years before Roots.

This is according to the Dec. 15, 1978 court summaries that are available in any news archives.

Instead of getting your information from blogs with an agenda, read the news reports of that time.

THREE SMALL PASSAGES PEOPLE -- NOT THE ENTIRE WORK. Stop exaggerating.

And learn the difference between fiction and plagiarism.

520 days ago
37.

bigphatace    

I couldn't even pay attention to the story. The pap that did the story looked way too much like inspector Clouseau with his new mustache, I was laughing my phatace off.

520 days ago
38.

AxB87    

In addition to Roots, LeVar was the reason I watched Reading Rainbow. He was Geordi La Forge in Star Trek TNG. This man is a legend! I would love to meet him!

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