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Hump Day Have Your Say: Is Spike Lee Full of Shit?




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



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  • MarkusWelby1 January 2, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I dig some of Spike’s work, but I gotta say….he’s full of shit(himself). If Tarantino’s films were awful, then perhaps he’d have a point. But the fact remains most of QT’s work is beloved by fans and critics from all wakes of life. The context in which he uses controversial dialogue is mostly spot-on (I say mostly because I never cared for the ‘Dead N-word storage’ line by Quentin in Pulp Fiction) As a film fan I enjoy thought provoking dialogue, and much prefer artists to push the envelope a bit.

  • Adam January 2, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Wow Markus, nice take on the whole thing here I was expecting your comment to be all funny like your blog. ;-)

  • nediundedited January 2, 2013, 2:01 pm

    Well, I have gone to see some horrible films (Twilight included o_O) because I believe I can NOT judge a film without watching it first. So, first of all, Lee can not make general comments on something he has NOT seen for himself. Also, it’s a bit much when he himself as portrayed “his people” in unfavorable (truthful) ways. And what is the problem–when Django is a new AMERICAN hero (that’s what I think anyway) that overcomes and gets just revenge. :D

    Director Antoine Fuqua stated this, “I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak about it specifically, but we’re supposed to find some truth in films and if you set a film in the 1850s, you’re going to hear the word ‘nigger,’ because that’s the way they spoke then, and you’re going to discuss slavery because that was part of the reality,” he said.

    Well said.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 2:05 pm

      That is a great quote, now I have to find out who that guy is lol

      • nediundedited January 2, 2013, 2:11 pm


        Fuqua directed Training Day, Tears of the Sun, and Shooter (to name a few)–he is pretty cool. He is a smart guy. Started in music videos years back.


        • Adam January 2, 2013, 2:33 pm

          See you learn something new everyday I liked all three of those ;-)

  • ruth January 2, 2013, 2:11 pm

    I’m not exactly a fan of Spike Lee (and before anyone pulls the race card, I’m NOT white). He just strikes me as being a sourpuss. I do think people are entitled to their opinion, but bashing something BEFORE seeing it is just not cool.

    Btw, I like that quote from Fuqua, now he seems like he’s got some sense in him.

  • Adam January 2, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Ruth I think you would have a legit reason for not seeing the film as it seems way too violent for your tastes. But who knows I could be wrong.

  • Griff January 2, 2013, 5:12 pm

    So by Lee’s standard this movie should never have been made? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    It took home 3 Oscars and is one of the best Civil War movies ever made.

    Spike Lee is full of shit and he mauled the English language in that tweet.

  • scottydynamite January 2, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I was reading a retweet from Roger Ebert today about this very topic. I found the dialogue to be interesting and enlightening. I would normally not post a link out of our site to another but this seems fitting.


    • Adam January 3, 2013, 8:33 am

      Yeah we should all go somewhere else to talk about this topic good call ;-)

  • watusi January 20, 2013, 9:01 am

    Spike lee is full of shit his movies are shit he is just jealous.

    • Adam January 20, 2013, 10:31 am

      To be honest I have enjoyed a few of Spike’s films. However, as a director I would agree he does not hold a candle to Tarantino. Jealousy, may indeed play a huge role in this feud.

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