Spike Lee sure does know how to get under people’s skins. That man is such a trouble maker. (Hahahaha)
Anyway it seems like every man and his dog is attacking Spike these days after he DARED to voice an opinion about the hit Quentin Tarantino slave flick ‘Django Unchained’.
Just before the release of the film Spike tweeted:
American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.
Spike then went on to tell Vibe.com that he did not plan to see film because he considered it “disrespectful”. Spike did not bother to elaborate on this and just left it at that.
But since making this statement a few black actors and EVEN civil rights activist Dick Gregory have all swam up to the surface to defend the film and criticise Spike (CLICK HERE to read) or listen to the audio below.
And now the unchained Django himself (Jamie Foxx) has risen up and responded to Spike’s criticism of the film.
In a recent interview with The Guardian Foxx said:
“The question for me is: where’s Spike Lee coming from? He didn’t like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn’t like Tyler Perry, he doesn’t like anybody, I think he’s sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he’s taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible.”
Foxx noted that, for years, Hollywood has celebrated white people who told black stories or sang black songs. “But you got to look at the individual cases,” said the actor. “When Pat Boone covered Little Richard, you think, ‘Huh?’, he’s got no affinity for it. Good Golly Miss Molly? I don’t think so. But you can’t tell me that Eminem ain’t hot ‘cos he’s white or that Elvis Presley isn’t a bad motherfucker, or that Quentin Tarantino can’t do whatever he likes, ‘cos damn straight he can.”
Before Django was released the actor revealed that he spoke to Spike and director/actor Tyler Perry about the film.
“I remember talking to Tyler Perry about it. [In Perry's very serious voice] ‘‘Ah man, the script, man. Have you read it?” When I finally read it, I called Tyler and we had a conversation. I said, ‘‘I got a different take on it than you did.” And we shared. And I called Tyler while we were shooting it. I said, ‘‘Do you know that Quentin Tarantino knows all of your shit on TV. I don’t even watch all of your shit.” He said, ‘‘Really?” The difference is the Quentin Tarantino Effect. I ran into Spike Lee at the BET Awards. You know Spike, he’ll let you have it whether it’s good, bad or ugly. And he said, ‘‘I’m not going to say anything bad about this film. It looks like y’all are getting it.”
I get the impression that Jamie had his own doubts before and during the making of this film, which explains the need to seek approval from both men and the need to call Tyler Perry during filming to let him know that Tarantino had watched all his TV shows. Oh please…hahahaha *rolls eyes*
Django Unchained has sparked a lot of heated debate on social networking forums and in response to the film Twitter user JJ Bola tweeted the following:
Your thoughts please…