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Surprise! Spike Lee Won't See 'Django Unchained,' Calls It 'Disrespectful To Ancestors'

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by Courtney
December 22, 2012 4:35 PM
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Ok, so maybe it's not exactly much of a surprise.

Although, compared to what Jamie Foxx said Spike Lee shared with him of his stance on the upcoming film (which opens on X-mas day), this is much less vague.

‘‘I'm not going to say anything bad about this film. It looks like y'all are getting it," is what Jamie said Spike told him, when they talked about the film. I suppose that could've been interpreted in any number of ways. From our POV, it looked like Spike was indeed giving Jamie his blessing - especially when he says, "it looks like y'all are getting it."

Skip ahead about a week to today, in a new interview with Spike Lee (courtesy of Vibe TV), in which he's much more candid and clearer on how he feels about Django Unchained.

"I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it... All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors. That's just me... I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else."

And as for how we here at S&A feel about the movie, there's a nice one-two punch of opinions. In case you missed them, both Tambay and Sergio have seen and reviewed Django Unchained - read Sergio's positive review HERE; and read Tambay's less enthusiastic and more critical review HERE.

Watch the Vibe interview with Spike below:

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125 Comments

  • Ned | February 5, 2013 3:11 AMReply

    Am I the only one that fell asleep during this movie? I'm not kidding, I would have walked out in between naps if there wasn't 10 people next to me who I would have had to squeeze past to get out of the damn theatre. Two hours and forty minutes of total shit. Hollywood ran out of original ideas a long time ago, now we've dropped the standard to accept movies that are the equivalent of 80's garbage like Teen Wolf. It's high time these so called critics upped their standards to quality, instead of down to a price. Truly awful.

  • Skillet | December 28, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    Spike Lee needs to stop. I saw the movie and liked it. Don't critisize something you have not seen. That is like saying you don't like a certain food without tasteing it. I loved must of Mr. Lee's movies but would never say harsh words with viewing the film first. The movie shows the harshness of slavery and the things our ancestor had to endure in order for us to be here today. Go see the movie Spike or shut up.

  • Greg | December 30, 2012 7:45 AM

    Why should Spike have to see the movie or shut up? He stated his opinion and he has the right to do so. Also, QT is a director and not a historian; the purpose of his movies is to entertain (and make money for the studios). He is not someone we should look to for a lesson on slavery, that is why it (Django Unchained) is disrespectful to our ancestors, our history, and to us.

  • Robt C | December 28, 2012 7:03 AMReply

    Great! I've heard Cretin Retardino put down the original Shaft and Roots, which are far more intelligent and well made than his ripoff B-movie trash. No wonder Sergio the simpleton liked it.

  • Wise | December 26, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    Did anyone ever ask Spielberg his opinion on "Basterds"?

  • ERIC VEGA | December 26, 2012 5:54 PMReply

    Regardless of his view, his opinions carries a lot of weight and can hurt the box office of the another man's work including the work of all the actors, production company, investors, etc... As a director and film maker its very selfish for him to publicly trash the work of one of his peers so he can get headlines. This is why a lot of studios wont work with him.

  • Donella | December 31, 2012 2:25 PM

    Tarantino regularly comments on the work of directors throughout cinematic history. Spike was asked a question. He answered. The media decided his comments were worthy of headlines. Don't want an answer? Don't ask the question.

  • starry118 | December 26, 2012 7:28 PM

    He was asked his opinion, and he answered it honestly. I respect that more than someone who lies for acceptance.

  • Mark & Darla | December 26, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    How much you want to bet when Spike Lee thinks of his historic respectable female ancestors there are all fair skin.

  • Wise | December 26, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    100+ comments that run the gamut...awesome! Spike has the right to have an opinion, to decide his own reasons for supporting or not supporting a project. Just as we all do and have expressed here. So why is he being indicted for doing so?? "I'm not a hater just because I hate it."

  • urbanauteur | December 26, 2012 10:37 AMReply

    Even though, Spike has occassionally come off like Tavis Smiley(of black cinema). I think the essence of his arguement rings true, afterall, he's been dogmatically consistant thruout his career, regardless of his 'elistist(N.Y.) posture'...like his (technocract-forebearers)-Al Sharton-Jesse Jackson-Molefi Ashante or Steve Cokeley...but let us not forget the STING of Spike Lee's wholesale indicment of racist Hollywhite flips more pages than the Final Call...

  • Whateva | December 26, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    This dude never has anything positive to say about other black directors. If this ain't a hater, I don't know what is. It looks dried up, bitter and monster-like. Time to retire your mouth Spike.

  • josh | December 26, 2012 8:45 AMReply

    i can see where spike lee is coming from here tarantino's films aren't made for educational purposes .The violence in the basterds movie had nothing to do with historical facts to think that movies like that.Are depictions of history is just plain ignorant people like to make mountains out of ant hills.Tarantinos movies are purely made for entertaining people not to enlighten people we need to keep things in there proper context.There was no jewish militia men going around scalping germans.Just like there was no slave bounty hunter like django tarantinos movies just glorify violence.People need to start seeing things for what they are

  • T-DOG | December 26, 2012 4:22 AMReply

    I think what's disrespectful is not that this particular film was made, but that there are not more movies about our ancestors being made. There were similar complaints about Inglourious Basterds, but I think the impact was much less because the Jewish community has a slew of films like Schindler's List and others. That's what we need, more movies about black ancestors so that one silly film is not so offensive to people. BTW I saw Django and loved it.

  • Brock | December 25, 2012 10:03 PMReply

    It's sad to read these comments on this subject. It's obvious that most of you need a little history lesson to understand what Spike Lee is talking about. A little self pride and dignity goes a long way. Know thyself and open your eyes this crap they are shoving down your throat. We seem to be the only race that accept this. If we stop spending our money on it then they will produce better movies for us. Buffoonery. If you knew our history you would know that our ancestors contributed more than the slave trade.

  • Winston | December 26, 2012 6:13 AM

    This fool said, "If we stop spending our money on it then they will produce better movies for us." Dummy . . . who are "they", and why do you propose that we wait for them to do anything for us, rather than do it ourselves? Are you new to S&A? *(H)ignorant*

  • Ella Hamilton | December 25, 2012 9:04 PMReply

    Spike Lee you are an Angry and Irrelevant little man whose time has past. You should have married a black woman like our President. Maybe you would have become more than a flash in the pan. When was the last time one of your movies broadcasted? Hummmm

  • Dolangi | December 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    Flash in the pan? School Daze, Do The Right Thing? Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, 4 Little Girls, When The Levees Broke, Bamboozled, The Original Kings of Comedy, Inside Man, Miracle at St Anna... That's over 25 years.

    How old are you?

  • DLG | December 26, 2012 5:03 PM

    His wife is Black, always has been.

  • excuse me | December 26, 2012 4:58 PM

    His wife is black . . .

  • blah, blah | December 25, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    So I am the 100th comment, does that mean I win a prize? I hope so because I rarely win anything :/ Anyway, Spike hates anything that Spike didn't write/direct himself.

  • Mike | December 25, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Look its Jesse Jackson! Oh wait, its Spike Lee.. hard to tell the difference.

  • sergio | December 25, 2012 10:46 AMReply

    C'mon folks Just 3 more and we'll have 100 comments!

  • Mike | December 25, 2012 2:31 AMReply

    I'm not black. I'm not white. So in that sense I really do not have an argument or opinion one way or the other on the issue of slavery except to say that of course, it is morally wrong.

    I am mexican, however, so I believe that my opinion of illegal immigration and our laws in the U.S. governing it could merit more consideration than that of the average black or white american. My personal opinion is irrelevant to the argument however, and the argument is this: I will go see Django Unchained because I like tarantino movies and because it will entertain me, which is its sole purpose.

    It is just the same as me watching George Lopez in Bread and Roses chastise his Mexican employees, or watching stereotypical drug cartels in Savages, or even and especially watching Machete, Where white people kill Mexicans for the fun of it.

    It's just entertainment, and it doesn't mean anything.

  • Dolangi | December 26, 2012 5:14 PM

    You have to admit that Rodriguez is better than Tarantino

  • excuse me. | December 26, 2012 5:10 PM

    It's not as simple as that, my man. There is more to it than that. We are talking about History that still haunts an ethnic group today: people of African decent. We are very sensitive on how our history is portrayed on screen. We are very sensitive to it because it deals of where we came from, and who we are. People of African decent who ancestral lines traced back to slavery have a hard feeling about not know where exactly they are from, what tribe or which country in Africa we are from.

    Also, since it is very hurtful -- the system of slavery -- we are very sensitive on how much our history is going to be made light of in this film, any film, or any form of "ENTERTAINMENT." And I can go on and on for so many reasons. But please just understand that there is pain behind the history of slavery that still exists in people of African descent. Pain that might not go away until generations to come. It is not that simple to say "It's just entertainment, and it doesn't mean anything." It does mean a lot!

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    I wonder if there's any director or celebrity, Black or White, that could have answered this question the way Spike did and it be more acceptable to folks. Is it the messenger that's the problem, or the message as well?

  • BNow | December 26, 2012 1:14 PM

    @BONDGIRL- Kerry Washington is not Denzel Washington's daughter...

  • jerimizzay | December 26, 2012 2:03 AM

    Probably... read what he said: "I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it... All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

    He said... I'm not going to speak about the movie, but in the very next sentence he said it is disrespectful to his ancestors.

    He spoke about the movie after saying he wasn't going to speak about the movie. He condemned another directors work and refuses to see the movie.

    That makes him ignorant and not qualified to judge.

    At least see the movie first Spike.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 11:46 PM

    Oh yeah...Denzel definitely would have gotten away with it in the past...perhaps Will Smith, as well, although he doesn't usually get into this type of thing...makes me wonder again, whether his turning down the project had anything to do with reservations regarding the way the subject matter was being handled in the film. I think it's unfortunate that many cannot acknowledge the truth behind what Spike is saying because of the past. The truth is the truth, no matter who says it.

  • bondgirl | December 24, 2012 10:38 PM

    Denzel could've gotten away with it. I've seen him say things in interviews that others have gotten royally slammed for. Also, DW doesn't make the kind of dramatic comments that Spike is known for. He just states things plainly without exaggerations, unless recalling a situation. However, he's had a run-in with Tarantino as well, and an Oscar campaign to lead so he probably wouldn't. Not to mention his own daughter is in the film.

  • Donella | December 24, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    Unfortunately, Spike's successes tend to become secondary to his prickly personality. Simply put, he doesn't play well with others. He has expended his gravitas.

  • Rebecca | December 24, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    As Spike has gotten older he has really shown a different side of himself ...He can't support his fellow artists because this movie is made by a white person...I don't get that at all...

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    Thank you Aaron...because apparently Rebecca didn't get the point at all.

  • Aaron | December 24, 2012 6:48 PM

    It has nothing to do with QT, it has to do with making a mockery out of the black holocaust. How would you feel if they made a comedy out of the Jewish Holocaust, people joking and dancing in the ovens and ish?

  • Geeman | December 24, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    Sorry Spike, you are way off base......Don't badmouth Jamie Foxx's film because you do not like it. Have some class and and support him like you would want him to support you. It is not like Mookie, whom you portrayed, set the fine example of what a brother should be like. When asked about a film you haven't seen, simply say, I will tell you after I have seen it. Then, don't go to see it if you don't want to. At least publicly compliment Foxx on his previous fine acting, brotha.....

  • Gill | December 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    Mookie wasn't supposed to be an example of what a brother should be like - and Spike never said that he was unlike those singing the praises of django

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    Spike Lee was asked his opinion about this film, and he gave it. What's the big deal? Should he have lied to appease QT, White Hollywood, and some of you posters? SMH

  • mlm | December 24, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    Spike may have a larger good point to make but this is such a vague comment. If Spike had this script would it have been made?

  • Janet | December 24, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    As a woman, I found "Girl 6" extremely disrespectful-- but I saw the movie, then came to that conclusion. "Django" is this year's "The Help"... (and "Precious" the year before that). I'm bracing myself for the debate that will continue throughout the award season.
    Sometimes it feels like we want it both ways. "Why aren't we onscreen?" "Why are we onscreen like that again?" Thank you Ms. Duvernay for "Middle of Nowhere", because there was another vision of us to contrast "Django". Let's make sure there are a spectrum of options for all of our tastes.

  • bondgirl | December 24, 2012 10:15 AMReply

    Spike can say whatever he likes, but he's beginning to saound like the bitter old uncle at every family function. His ancestors were thoroughly pleased about a drunk and drugged out pilot(Flight), but a man who does nothing wrong but chase down his wife during the most horrendous era in history, is offensive to them? Yeah, 'cause we all know his kin who died on plantations were praying during their last breath that black men and women would play dope addicts (jungle Fever)and sex mules (She Hate Me) _/<<---Sit your ass down, man.

  • ALM | December 24, 2012 7:50 PM

    @Bondgirl: Lady, the seat you drew and the last line of your comment tickled me. LOL :)!

  • monkeysuit | December 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    Lol, true.

  • Terrence | December 24, 2012 9:48 AMReply

    Envy is best defined as a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it."

    Spike has always had a problem with other people's success .

  • Jason Marseilles | December 24, 2012 9:21 AMReply

    Sorry Spike you promote slavery when you were Nikes and blood diamonds.... You lose the argument on this one ...

  • Deborah Feigel | December 23, 2012 9:59 PMReply

    Spike Lee is entitled to his own opinion, and I have to say the totally disparaging tone of Indiewire who don't know a thing about historical racism, is a huge disappointment.

    Lee isn't so much talking about the film, as much as the industry environment that consistently demonstrates that it's prepared to hear from everyone BUT black filmmakers about the African-American experience.

    That should make everyone sick.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 3:05 PM

    Amen Deborah Feigel.

  • Mark & Darla | December 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    I am 51 years old, where do you think I have lived for past 41 years in a cocoon or dark cave, for you to say "disparaging tone of Indiewire who don't know a thing about historical racism" leads me to believe you are insane and just escape from crazy house. I am very aware of the United States of America historic racism toward Black American in films, television, commercials, books, newspapers, magazine, radio the damn media umbrella. Understood four decades ago how white males have hold on tight to the imagery of how Black American should or shouldn't been seen in the media by monetary, physical, and mental force. So since you addressing historic racism in white Hollywood try addressing Spike Lee colorism in his Hollywood. Spike Lee should clean his own house before cleaning someone else house.

  • Bee | December 24, 2012 2:04 AM

    "I have to say the totally disparaging tone of Indiewire who don't know a thing about historical racism, is a huge disappointment." Thank you, thank you! I was thinking the same thing!

  • bill | December 23, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    Please baby baby please baby baby please baby please baby baby please Please baby baby please baby baby please baby please baby baby please Please baby baby please baby baby please baby please baby baby please! Spike's enjoying your bickering in his house in martha's vineyard. Meanwhile tarantino is somewhere with a gimp and fondling feet. Kerry, I hope you kept your shoes on!

  • rane | December 23, 2012 7:57 PMReply

    To me, Spike seems to make calculated, deflective and preemptive moves. ie: his behavior at Sundance; setting up any criticism of Redhook Summer as racist or misguided. Now when so many good things are being said about Django, with a dash of somber stoicism, he brings up his ancestors.

  • QBN | December 23, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    I'm going to see it.. I was skeptic at first, but it looks to be a revenge flick, straight up. Seeing a brotha take revenge on evil slave masters is guaranteed satisfaction in my book.. As for Spike, he's entitled to his opinion.. no big deal.

  • Mark & Darla | December 23, 2012 2:36 PMReply

    It has a lot to do with Spike mind set. Spike has a serious problem with two green monsters (ENVY) and (JEALOUSY); he also has bad habits of 'cherry picking'.

    Wonder how his ancestors feel about "Jungle Fever" or his penchants for light skin leading ladies.

    Spike like to point his 'Malcolm X' index finger at white people for discrimination, yet he doesn't see he has a problem with colorism, which is a discrimination with in the black community as a whole.
    I whether listen to someone else talking about injustice toward black people and not Spike.

    Spike every think if he stop discrimination just maybe white people will stop.

  • Ava | December 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    I've always felt that Lee had a problem with women in his films. Period. Even in He Got Game, Lonette McKee was dead and only figured into the story via flashbacks. I remember encountering Lee in Brooklyn shortly after I'd seen that film and boy did I give him the side eye (lol). He kept staring at me, he was probably unsure of whether I was going to run up on him. Malcolm X definitely remains his best film to date but even in that, he gave Angela Bassett the line "I wanna have your babies" to say to Denzel Washington.
    I was curious too as to what the relationship between Lee and Tarantino is. There is probably a bit of professional rivalry there and I wouldn't be surprised if ego is a big part of it (perhaps on both sides).

  • Curtis | December 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    I agree. Spike is quick to talk about somebody else work but never his own. I am pretty sure Tarantino had a lot to say about that awful mess Red Hook Summer and Miracle at st Anna.

  • Mark & Darla | December 23, 2012 12:36 PMReply

    Does anyone know if Spike congratulated Ava in the press for winning 'Sundance' 2012 director award?

  • Inquisitor | December 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    I don't think so... But that doesn't have anything to do with this post. I smell some strategic Ava marketing. LOL!!

  • Blackman | December 23, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    Spike is a deceitful, disrespectful, shady, arrogant, fugged-up-body prick. He's always been that way. Yet, he is entitled to his perspective. Everybody is. Thus, where does his perspective derive from? Methinks, little spoke-in-da-wheel, takes himself too seriously. And obviously he believes he's the patron saint of Black Culture. LOL. His respectable negro programming is fake and a fraud. Especially, when I seen him on ESPN belittling another negro because he could not UNDERSTAND his southern drawl. Fugg Spike. He Peaked with Malcolm X (which is a landmark classic). Yet his opinions are not worthy of consideration.

  • Aaron | December 24, 2012 2:05 PM

    All of this coming from a man who says Hidden Colors 2 should be free to download because you're not paying for what should be a free education.

  • Darren | December 23, 2012 3:43 AMReply

    Bee-intellectual laziness could be your mantra,get the bag of chips off your shoulder and stop living in the 60s-with your "our culture" horse shit,by "dominant group" I assume you mean multi-billionaires and dynastic clans? They too irritate me yet I do not see these things in terms of colour rather, class. You Americans keep on forgetting its only been 40 odd years since you entered the modern world of race equality-people need more than a few generations to stop being cavemen-sorry we cannot all be as enlightened as you, maybe you could not be so intolerant of others ignorance? You know practice what you preach?

  • Bee | December 23, 2012 1:40 PM

    Your "you Americans" comment made it clear to me that you don't know a thing about American culture or our race relations. Thank you for your outsider elitism, but I'm pretty sure I know more about my nation's culture and problems than you do.

  • Bee | December 23, 2012 2:56 AMReply

    I'm just going to say this plainly: it really is a sign of intellectual laziness and immaturity to simply label someone a hater because that person expresses an opinion with which you disagree. Anyway, I don't always agree with Spike Lee and goodness knows I've hated a few of his films (*Miracle at St. Anna, She Hate Me, She's Gotta Have It, etc.), but on this issue I agree with him. I'm not even saying they deserve a nomination, but the fact that none of the prominent black actors in the film got nominated for a golden globe (meanwhile, the prominent white actors received nominations) should speak volumes to all the negroes (yes, I said it!) defending this film and by extension defending hollywood. This film is merely another in a long line of films that exploits our history, our culture, and the horrific shit we suffered at the hands of the dominant group in this country. (Yes, I've read the script.) Worse yet, it's written and directed by a very unenlightened member of that dominant group. I'm appalled at how backwards and lazy we (slave-descended black Americans) have become in our thinking. At best, I will netflix this film, which is rather unlikely as well. But I sure won't spend a dime on it at the cinema.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 9:59 PM

    Bah humbug Francis Carroll.

  • Francis Carroll | December 24, 2012 8:37 PM

    Who care if Spike Lee don't see Django Unchained he intitled to it. But i'm a Quentin Tarantino
    fan and i'm still going to see Django Unchained

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 2:58 PM

    I agree Bee, and this doesn't even deserve a Netflix watch.

  • Darren | December 24, 2012 1:29 PM

    Dude-I can only assume you are not American from this statement or possibly you are a native? However,I would not be so hasty to presume another's ignorance,you know we Brits learn about other countries' history in school. I honestly was not aware that there were different types of Americans as alluded to by your nonsensical rhetoric. Increase the peace brother or is it cousin? I'm not sure because I'm not one of "you"Americans.

  • Critical Acclaim | December 23, 2012 2:10 AMReply

    Beware Reginald Hudlin is taking fake pseudonyms and going in on Spike below. So all the white people on Indiewire who want to read this thread as evidence of how "the blacks" feel on Spike, beware you're being duped. Big ups to Mr. Lee.

  • Sir | December 23, 2012 1:55 AMReply

    Who cares if spike don't see the film. Django is getting rave reviews and millions of black people will see it. Spike if you want to make yourself useful why don't you talk to your own family member and found out why the hell did he direct Scary Movie 5. Better yet make a movie that is good because I can not remember the last time you have made one that was worth seeing. Red hook summer was a mess.

  • Tosir | December 23, 2012 2:04 AM

    You're a moron.

  • Chris | December 22, 2012 10:47 PMReply

    It's not like anyone pays spike any mind. When was the last time this guy had a hit. He is just made because millions if black people are about to see and love Django.

  • Nadia | December 22, 2012 11:08 PM

    You sure told him! SMH

  • JMac | December 22, 2012 10:24 PMReply

    Agree with Rod Gailes comment. I also think Spike was making a diplomatic statement. Didn't sense any hate at all. I remember the interview he did against another slavery movie - Amistad - and when Spike doesn't like something he certainly doesn't hold back. Back then it was criticism that they (well mainly, Debbie Allen) ran to Spielberg to direct the movie instead of finding a black director. In '97 there were several good picks and Allen's excuse wasn't all that convincing. As to how he would know about the particulars of the film, seemed like almost everybody had a copy of the first draft of the script. Couple that with Spike's personal knowledge of QT (and probably seeing the later revised script) and it's not that big of a stretch for him to have a good idea of what to expect. Personally, I think Spike would have been happier with a documentary or a documentary type fictional film rather than a Western /Blaxploitation/violent gore-fest type of movie. Seems to me, with black historical movies/subjects, Spike's preference is to film close to the story rather than add things strictly for entertainment value. Regardless, it's his opinion and he's more than entitled to it esp. after doing Four Little Girls, Malcolm X, and the Katrina docs.

  • Paul | December 22, 2012 11:13 PM

    Agreed.

  • Rob D | December 22, 2012 9:40 PMReply

    I don't think he is being a hater he just has an opinion and he is voiced it. Don't hate the Man for voicing his opinion just because it differ's from yours.

    My guess is the image of the main Character being so far from reality could be seen as disrespectful of the reality that Black Americans really faced in those times. We now live in a time where many of our youth don't even recognize the history of our culture or people, and this image could cause our youth to care even less about what we came from as a people.

  • Bohemian princess | December 22, 2012 8:35 PMReply

    I have no desire to see this film either. Guess that makes me a hater too. Some of you all need to just go have a seat.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 2:54 PM

    I 3rd that.

  • Bee | December 23, 2012 2:43 AM

    Amen! Some of these comments are just childish and ridiculous. But, then, I guess I'm a hater as well, since I don't intend to spend a single dime of my hard-earned money on this film.

  • Saul | December 22, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    I was watching some show that was discussing the film. I think tarantino finally got it out of his system. The N word was used over 100 times in Django.

  • Donella | December 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    No, Tarantino's actually escalating.

  • Lovesfilmnmusic | December 23, 2012 12:35 AM

    How is that getting it out of his system???

  • Rod Gailes OBC | December 22, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    When famous people say something, people tend to view their comments with a higher level of scrutiny. If Spike had said, "No Comment," there'd still be a controversy. Spike was probably being as diplomatic as he could be given his personality and the situation at hand. He's a very honest man, especially about his opinions; and I've never known that honesty to be based in "hate" of any kind or jealousy.
    A Tarantino-style, Blaxploitation tinged, spaghetti western set in slavery times with a comic edge: I can see why somebody might decline that one without it being a matter of "hate" per se. People sit out "The Boondocks." People sit out porn, The Kardashians, Real Housewives, etc. Saying, "I can't see that," as a matter of principle is very polite.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    Excellent point...he could have said a lot more, but didn't. I think what he said was clear enough, and I absolutely agree with him.

  • B | December 22, 2012 8:27 PM

    Thank you....
    @Rod Gailes OBC

  • illthoughts | December 22, 2012 8:10 PMReply

    I remember when I was pumped to see Miracle at Santa Anna, waited three years for that flick about black soldiers in WW2 but when I finally got to see it, it sucked pretty bad. We were at war and our 2 leading black men were fighting over a white woman not against interracial dating but it was stupid and seems to be a theme in Spike Lee's joits. I'mpumped for Django. It should be ar real black hero fighting for the love of a black woman, ticket please.

  • illthoughts | December 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    @Troy So, slaves didn't get raped? The point was Spike Lee has never made any attempt of a black love story, Mo Better Blues maybe. Some black folks kill me, will stand in line for black man hating movies like Precious and For Colored Women but turn they nose up to a heroic movie about a black man who does everything to save his black wife. SMH

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 2:50 PM

    Excellent point Troy...I've no intentions of watching it though.

  • Troy | December 23, 2012 3:26 AM

    she gets raped 3 times. Isn't that dumber than a love triangle on foreign soil? Sounds more like I Spit on Your Grave. Going to see it but you have really illthoughts.

  • Bilal | December 22, 2012 10:18 PM

    Yup! What you said!

  • Nick | December 22, 2012 8:08 PMReply

    How does he know the level of disrespect, or lack there of, if he hasn't even seen the movie? That's what I what to know.

  • starry118 | December 24, 2012 2:48 PM

    Maybe he read the script.

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