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Spike Lee on “Django Unchained”: ‘…It’s Disrespectful to My Ancestors’

Famed film director Spike Lee referred to "Django Unchained" as being disrespectful to his ancestors.


Spike Lee is one of the public figures who you’ll either really love or really dislike. His candor can take some getting used to. Jamie Foxx may fall under the “I really dislike Spike Lee” category after the director’s recent interview with VibeTV.  The comments were in response to the new film, “Django Unchained,” and Spike makes it clear that he just doesn’t like it.

“Django Unchained” is a film directed by Quentin Tarantino that is about a slave-turned-bounty hunter who, with the help of his mentor, sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Actor/singer/songwriter Jamie Foxx stars in the film as the main character, Django.

When asked how he feels about the film, famed film director Spike Lee replied: “I cant speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it… 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.” His response comes weeks after Jamie Foxx revealed that when he discussed the film with Spike Lee, the owner of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks film production company, told the actor: “I’m not going to say anything bad about this film. It looks like y’all are getting it.”  Technically speaking, he really didn’t say anything bad about the film when asked about it on VibeTV, so it appears as if Spike Lee is a man of his word amongst other things.

Jamie Foxx is one of six African Americans to participate in a new PSA in response to the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Your Black World writer, Maria Lloyd, was disappointed in the celebrities’ involvement in the PSA asking for stricter gun laws after a mass majority of wealthy Caucasian children were killed in the shooting, but failing to speak up against the surge in gun violence amongst children in urban communities that occurs on a daily basis and have killed hundreds of children in 2012 alone. She wrote:

Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Chris Rock, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul jumped on a new PSA for an organization named Demand a Plan for Gun Violence in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The short PSAopens with the celebrities naming the mass shootings that have occurred throughout the nation and asking “How many more?”

It’s incredibly sad that these African American celebrities didn’t ask that same question during Father Michael Pfleger’s 2011 vigil remembering the lives of 260 children who have died to gun violence in Chicago over the past three years. In fact, the day of the tragic mass shooting in Newtown,Chicago saw 10 deaths on Friday and Saturday alone. —Source

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