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Watch: Spike Lee Strongly Defends Kickstarter Campaign & Matthew McConaughey Reaveals His Fave Spike Lee Joint

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 1, 2013 10:39 AM
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This past week or so, it's been all about Spike Lee doin' work. The filmmaker launched a Kickstarter campaign for his next film last week, and faced immediate support and criticism for his efforts to crowdsource $1.25 million dollars, but he's been pushing forward with the enthusiasm he's known for. He's received high profile support and funds from Steven Soderbergh, dropped his list of Essential Films that he gives his students and has been spending a lot of time elaborating how his efforts are bringing a new audience to Kickstarter. But he may have reached a tipping point in defending his latest joint.

Yesterday, the filmmaker appeared on Bloomberg's "Smart Street," where host Trish Reegan gave what is probably one of the worst intros you can give a guest on a show. She doesn't waste a moment, starting the segment by claiming that there are calls for Spike Lee to end his Kickstarter campaign and doesn't waste a second in accusing the director of having the funds to finance the picture himself. No surprise that Lee doesn't react well, and he offers a heated defense of what he's doing. That's not to say that Reegan's criticisms are invalid, but there probably more constructive ways to get into that discussion without hanging your guest out to dry right from the start.

Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey is the latest celeb to voice his support for Lee, releasing a little video where he explains his love for "Malcolm X."

There's just under three weeks to go on Lee's campaign as it crosses the $500,000 mark today. It's going to be a very interesting race to the finale.

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  • JGuile | August 6, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    Fuck Spike Lee. He has contributed so little to what actually constitutes good directing that he is actually insignificant himself. This is why this runt felt he had to trample over this poor news anchor's segment. Spielberg and Lucas have more talent in their pinkies than this asshole will ever have.

    @JT his body of work pales in comparison to most other well-known directors regardless of effort put into his independent work.

  • Ty | August 2, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Spike also paved the way for many "white" actors too. The beautiful thing about Kickstarter is that the rabid fundamentalists on this site can't stop people from adding their money to the project. I am headed over there to donate right now because money speaks louder than the nonsense you Spike haters are posting.

  • Huffy | August 2, 2013 2:45 AMReply

    Not a big fan of the way Spike handles himself sometimes but criticizing his kickstarter is stupid. If people want t give him money why stop them? And the "he's taking money away from filmmakers who need it" is moronic since most people are funding the movie because its a Spike Lee joint. I doubt those people would give their donation to a smaller project if Lee was t on board.

  • MDL | August 2, 2013 1:35 AMReply

    The truth is any criticism of Spike Lee is actually a criticism of the people funding his movie. Why would anyone attack others for wanting to spend their money this way? They want to be a part of his new project. Good for them.

  • ryan | August 1, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    Arrogant is an understatement....but to give him shit because of crowd funding is boring and stupid.

  • TJ Duane | August 1, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    Actually, I think Spike is 100% here. I know his rhetoric pisses off a lot of people, but he has a right to get testy here based on the fact that they're setting him up with loaded questions and a loaded introduction.

    It's kind of BS that he's getting attacked for this Kickstarter.

  • Matt N. | August 1, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    Thanks for covering this, guys. I think more people need to see what a piece of shit Spike Lee really is. His arrogance and self-righteousness is astounding.

  • Matt N. | August 1, 2013 2:01 PM

    Good one, STHN. Your reely smrt. I'm sorry you feel the need to defend a guy who wouldn't give a shit about you if you met him.

  • sthn | August 1, 2013 1:59 PM

    Naw. Actually your the piece of shit.

  • jt | August 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    I agree that Spike Lee can be self-righteous and unbelievably arrogant , but you can't deny his great body of work . And, he paved the way for so many Black artists and help give them a voice. Plus, he is one of the godfathers of independent filmmaking.

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