Are You Going To See Django Unchained? Spike Lee Isn't
Quentin Tarantino's new film, Django Unchained - a fictional exploration into slavery with a dark, comedic twist - came out on Christmas day. One person who won't have braved the winter cold to check it out is Spike Lee, who considers it "disrespectful".
Without saying much about the film, Lee managed to say everything he needed to, talking to Vibe.com. "I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he explained. "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." He then went onto Twitter to further explain his problems with the movie, saying, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them." The film's lead star, Jamie Foxx, spoke about Spike Lee and his penchant for saying it how it is. "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,'" he confirmed.
One of the main criticisms of the film, has been the use of the 'N-Word,' which is prolific to say the least. This has been defended by many as a true depiction of the political and social climate of the time. Comic Sarah Silverstone stated her position to TMZ, saying, "Doesn't it take place like during slavery? Wouldn't it be odd if they didn't have that horrific word in it?" The comic added that Lee has "got a lot of mishegas with a lot of art. I think you can't really tell art what to do."