Quentin Tarantino considers the Confederate flag the ‘American swastika’ – and feels it is ‘about damn time’ that people questioned its place in the American South.
Tarantino’s comment was made during an interview to promote his latest film, The Hateful Eight, which is due to hit the big screen on January 8 in the UK.
The film is set a few years after the American Civil War and it puts the spotlight on strained race relations in the country.
In it, black Union soldier Major Marquis Warren, played by Samuel L Jackson, is thrown together with former Confederate soldiers, including Walton Goggins as a South Carolinian sheriff and Bruce Dern as a General.
Although the movie is not about race, the subject is explored through the interactions between the characters.
The United States has seen sustained racial unrest following the shooting of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.