I am sure that many of you have heard about director Spike Lee’s recent twitter comments about Django Unchained. It would appear that Spike does not feel that it’s appropriate for a white dude to make a film dealing with the subject of slavery. “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 went on to state in an interview in Vibe magazine that he had no intention of seeing the film.
Now I like some of Spike Lee’s work. In particular I enjoyed watching Do the Right Thing at the theater when I was in high school. Similarly, I follow his twitter feed and even had a Mars Blackman T-shirt back in the day. Now is he entitled to his opinion regarding Django? Of course he is. However, is it right to simply hate on a film because it has a white director? Furthermore, is it right to dismiss the film without actually seeing it?
Before you answer, I would like to point out that Spike Lee also had negative things to say about Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown. In fact he went so far as to suggest that Tarantino wanted to become an honorary black man.
So what’s your take is Spike Lee full of shit or is he justified in his criticism and refusal to watch Django Unchained?
Personally, I think they should just go Kangol hat shopping together and bury the hatchet. Lastly, you should be following us on twitter