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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.

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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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  4. I plan on boycotting every film that Spike Lee makes. He has no concept of history and the reality of slavery. He needs to read history. Frankly, I think he's jealous, because Tarantino, Foxx and Waltz will probably win Oscars. What a petty man!

  5. Oh god! another hater in the house….hum….and this is coming from the man who made the film BAMBOOZLED! Wow!

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  7. I would be interested to know what Lee’s criticism of the film is? And yes, where are our black heroes on film? The short answer is white folks own Hollywood and its hard to get big budget films of historic scope done without the green light from the white man. That’s the simple answer. Audience is another. Just blacks going to see a movie won’t give the ROI studio heads want and white folks are not trying to see a movie about Nat Turner or Harriet Tubman unless it’s being told from the perspective of a white character.

  8. It has become obvious that Spike Lee doesn't like any black film that he doesn't make. He accuses Tyler Perry of "negro buffoonery". Yet School Daze, Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It, and Girl 6 were all replete with their respective shares of buffoonery. Now he's gonna criticize a movie he hasn't, and won't go see. Advice for Spike. Go make a movie people actually wanna see instead of super snoozers like Miracle at St. Anna, or go away and just shut up and let those who are making bankable movies make them in peace.

  9. Why is this that Spike Lee loves to criticize black men who does films and they are prone to be great. For a awhlle it was Tyler Perry…really go back and right. The truth is the truth so anyway you depict slavery or civil rights it happen. The fact remain the things that took place were not done with respect either….IJS.

  10. Why is this that Spike Lee loves to criticize black men who does films and they are prone to be great. For a awhlle it was Tyler Perry…really go back and right. The truth is the truth so anyway you depict slavery or civil rights it happen. The fact remain the things that took place were not done with respect either….IJS.

  11. My feeling is that you should at least SEE the movie before you claim it is "disrespectful" to your ancestors. That's a very strong statement, no matter how carefully you tread. But of course, Spike Lee is entitled to think and feel as he does, for whatever reasons. I, for one, LOVE the trailers. I haven't seen the movie, but insha'Allah I will soon. From the promos and the trailers I've seen, I think it's going to be a heck of a treat to watch. I didn't see anything that would make me think this movie is disrespectful to my African-American ancestors. In fact… my hope is that this movie was inspired by actual events. THAT would be AWESOME!!!!!

  12. It’s ashame that for a man who has made mostly low beat films that never hardly reached the charts always seems to put his own input on what he thinks about someone else movies. I am beginning to think that Spike Lee really thinks he’s the author and proof reader of black people.

  13. > HAVING A NAME LIKE " SPIKE LEE " IS DISRESPECTFUL TO OUR ANCESTORS <.

  14. Spike Lee Disgraced our Ancestors with that garbage “RED HOOK SUMMER”!

  15. It should tell you something that even a fictional movie that deals with revenge for the crimes of slavery causes so much controversy. Put another way the justice called for for slavery, jim crow and mass incarceration has yet to be realized. That is the source of a great deal of problems for a society which sees themselves as anything but the bad guy. The denial is massive. With the exception of Sankofa I’m not sure who has even tried to address this historical and present day imperative. Lee tried to tackle Malcolm…he made a good effort but fell short imo when trying to show Malcolm in his fully developed revolutionary state. Spielberg tackled La Amistad and at least in the scenes depicting that voyage and the revolt he was gettin at some of what our people faced. This is a subject that screams to be addressed. Where are our Black heroes…from Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman to the fictional Django? Why aren’t Lee and other Black film makers telling these stories more?

  16. Does anyone remember Roots, and how many Times the word Nigger was used in that series? I'm just saying. I think we need to put our youth in face to face contact with our past maybe then they can see the nature of our struggle. Maybe then we can stop taking our hard earned liberty for granted.

  17. Good morning: I agree with Spike Lee: Since the election of our first President, the media and the movie industry with been prositituting the images of Black Americans,and we Black folks still standup on the behalf of the perpetrators, is truly unbelievable. When will the time come, when we start to stand up for our selves, for the protection and truth of our causes. Not always standing up and protecting the views and actions of the (systems) and accepting their vices toward us.
    Thats why I wrote my book: WHY ARE AFRO AMERICANS AFRAID TO TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS on
    http://www.createspace.com/3979333. I believe that this is a must read for all Afro Americans. We must stop accepting the bullshit and stand together.
    We must remember: We are one, our cause are one, and together we must help each other if we are going to succeed.

  18. Haters.

  19. But the rappers can say it all day in there songs.. No ban in that..No hard feeling with that..make up your mind it's ok for one and not the other… Leader please

  20. YES LORD! YOU FORGOT TO MENTION BARROCK OBAMA CRIED FOR THOSE CHILDRE IN NEWTON, HE'S FROM CHICAGO AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM SHED A TEAR FOT THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO WHEN CHILDREN, UNFORTUNATLY GET KILLED THERE ON A WEEKLY BASIS! sHAME SHAME SHAME!

  21. I agree with Spike. He can't speak on it if he is not going to see it. But. if he hasn't and won't see it how can he be certain it's disrespectful to his ancestors?

  22. I actually felt the same way about this movie & any other movie that depicts slavery. I don't like seeing it on the big screen. Spike is entitled to his opinion. My question is what the PSA had to do with Spike Lee. This article started out about apples & ended about oranges. o_O

    • I understand how you feel. Actually SEEING the atrocities of slavery in movies is hard… especially when you KNOW what really happened to our ancestors was sooo much worse. It's hard. But how you were feeling, and your response to it is different… you didn't say you felt the movie itself disrespected your ancestors, you just said that it's hard seeing what your ancestors had to endure depicted on the big screen.
      Spike Lee said he feels white Quentin Tarantino was being disrespectful because of his use of the word NIGGER. But the fact is this movie takes place during slavery, and that's what we were called by everyone back then… even by other slaves.

  23. I hope u see this comment Spike Lee! U done made all these movies and u only got 50millon to show nigga please. Who the fuck care what u think, if u ask me u in the same class as Wayne Williams.. Dam that hater from here! Atlanta and thats that shit I dont like.

  24. HE JUST UP TIGHT HE DIDn't GET TO DO THE MOVIE THAT's ALL.IF YOU NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM DIDn't NO ONE SAY NOTHING ABOUT WHEN YOU MADE MALCOLM X WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

  25. “Disrespectful to my anscestors”….uhh..no kidding. And that’s why I’m not going to see it. I won’t dare chance seeing that movie cause me to change my mind.

    Next: Jamie Foxx and other Black celebs should not have participated in the Newtown Ct PSA because they haven’t stopped Black children from dying by gun violence.

    Hello? The real disgrace to our anscestors is that too many of us are still in denial about the real presence of real White racism in our midst today. Vigils, marches, legislation, prayer and funerals forever and not much meaningful anything has happened to stop the slaughter of Black children.

    Grow up and get real people. This PSA, because little White children died, will be meaningful for Black children because little White children died. Doesn’t mean anything more than White racism is real. J. Foxx and his fellow Black celebs might have done more for Black victims of gun violence than all the previous efforts combined….because a white man killed little White children with his mother’s super bad assault rifle.

  26. Controversy leads to conversations–I love it. Whether we are pro-Django or against–at least we are discussing topics that need to be discussed. Maybe, along with all the conversations, someone will take action–make the type of movie you would like to see; get involved in a program to help end gang warfare in our urban cities; mentor a youth; become a teacher (which is what I am working on); or help families who have lost a loved one to violence (another project I am working on). Let's go from controversy, to conversations to committed action.

  27. Spike thinks the Django movie is disrespectful to our ancestors so what, he has that right. Maria Lloyd complains about black celebrities not supporting Father Pfleger’s 2011 vigil, and speaking out about the Sandy Hook tragedy. I say if Sandy Hook brings any action on gun violence, that’s a good thing because the ends justifies the means.

  28. aww come on now Spike. it's just a movie, brutha, and he's acting. don't u have knowledge of that concept by now, since you make movies yourself? why so sensitive though?

  29. Spike Lee is sort of the “Canary in the Coal Mine” when it comes to the types of movies being made about Black Americans: Cartoon type movie about slavery. Blackface movie about one of our Civil Rights icons.

    When the late Ms. Tucker tried to raise awareness about the vile words in Rap music, she was shut down too.

    It takes years for some of us to “get it.”

    Thanks Spike.

  30. I have not seen this movie yet but Spike Lee seems too have a problem with any black man that does something a tad bit better than him.First it was Tyler Perry now it’s Jamie Foxx I think this all adds up to jealousy Spike has too remember these things did happen to blacks in the South in the 17th and 18th century so if he is embarrassed then it should be for it even happening in the first place not because it was brought too life on a movie screen.Spike needs to find something better to do with himself than to sit around being critical of his own kind this is one reason many blacks are not reconize for their acting abilities because it is people like Spike Lee that lead the effort in holding such ones back SMH

  31. Were still waiting on that next great spike Lee joint and waiting….and waiting …..

  32. I LIKE SPIKE BUT “I DON’T WANNA BE LIKE SPIKE”. WHAT SPIKE DON’T DIRECT SPIKE DON’T WANNA GO SEE ? I LIKE IT. WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL DJANGO A 1998 MOVIE A WESTERN ABOUT A BUNCH OF RENEGADE EX-SOUTHERN RENEGADE CONFEDERATES?

  33. there were some good parts, to Lincoln, but could have improved, in many area. Spike Lee, has a right not to like or respond to questions about the movie, but I haveseen several of Spike Lee movie, that I did not care for. It is called Free Speech.

  34. my comment , it took a mass shooting of white children,to bring any attention to all the gun voilent, when black children are afraid each and every day to go school for fear of being killed. I am in favor of gun restriction, such as the multi- firing weapons, however the bad guys will always think of a way to get them. But if, there are stricter laws, it does help. The NRA, is not as powerful, and the whimpy Congress, think they are, they are (Congress) just grudy, for power and money.

  35. my comment , it took a mass shooting of white children,to bring any attention to all the gun voilent, when black children are afraid each and every day to go school for fear of being killed. I am in favor of gun restriction, such as the multi- firing weapons, however the bad guys will always think of a way to get them. But if, there are stricter laws, it does help. The NRA, is not as powerful, and the whimpy Congress, think they are, they are (Congress) just grudy, for power and money.

  36. The true gun control issue is the daily deaths of black men involved in gang violence and the innocent people and children that also die in these war zones. this issue is similar to the crack epidemic.. it only became an issue when they began to notice how many white people were becoming addicts. As long as it was in the black community, it drew no attention.. "go to jail if u sale it and be in a living hell if you inhale it".. gangbanging aka genocide should be what Spike is saying is a disgrace to our ancestors.. this is just one black man's opinion.. God bless.

  37. In my OPINION, I don't think that Spike Lee gives a rip about anything that he doesn't produce, direct and or star in. (or at least have a cameo appearance in).

  38. Its just a movie, Spike don't hate on Jamie, Some of your movie didn't make any sense, don't end up right.

  39. If you didn’t see it, yet you say you don’t like it because it disrespects your ancestors, then the motion picture Lincoln disrespects your ancestors as well. Both are out at the same time, and both are about our Ancestors, African Americans as slaves. I haven’t seen either, yet I will reserve my critique until viewed, and no sooner.

  40. In regards to the film, it is just a film Spike. I am not sure if Spike has proof that his relatives were slaves, so if they are talking about his immediate family members then I can understand it being a problem. I am more concerned as to why Black people are not producing films that are pre slavery in America. Why can't someone hire me to direct a movie talking about the Great Queen Nzingha, or Hannibal, or stories on Madam CJ Walker, or the Continental Congress and the Black Republicans of of this Country pre emancipation proclomation and post reconstruction. I get sick of Hollywood only putting out slave movies as if we were not other things in this country and other continents. Spike Lee, I love you to death, but you need to have several seats…support your actors and try and put some movies out to tell our stories as opposed to hatin on people that put out movies. When you put out Malcolm X I was so proud of you. I need to see something entertaining from you. You have become a grumpy middle aged man…lighten up.

  41. I HAVE produced, written and directed an anti violence public service announcement with the SLOGAN SAVE OUR SEEDS starring the legends of Hiphop , and 9 year old chess champion. Our children are killing each other at an alarming rate and no one is calling for stricter gun control when little black and brown kids kill each other or get hit by stray bullets. Please promote our PSA. You can view them at http://www.futurenetworkproductions.com/saveourseeds.html and they are all over youtube. Show them on your show, demand the networks show this psa as well. The kids, no matter rich, poor, young or old, black or white, they are all precious in God's sight. Lets Save our Seeds, and Save our Lives.

  42. Is Spike Lee just JEALOUS that he didn’t make this movie which shows so much of what slavery was really about? He needs to keep his seat at Knicks’ games and shut up!! He has developed an elitetist attitude as if he is the only film producer/director who should make movies that deal with race.

    GET A LIFE, SPIKE!!

  43. I have just watch the entire series of ROOTS and the n. word was used numerous of times! I don't remember anyone complaining about that! and Spike what about jungle fever? and the other movies YOU made with a white chocolate by the side of the BROTHER? a lot of black sistas didn't appreciate that either. I'm one of them. you've had your time!

  44. I LIKE SPIKE BUT I "DON'T WANNA BE LIKE SPIKE". WHAT SPIKE DON'T DIRECT SPIKE DON'T LIKE? GO SEE THE MOVIE SPIKE…."IT'S GOOD"….ALSO WAS NOT THE ORIGINALLY 1998 DJANGO MOVIE A WESTERN ABOUT A BUNCH OF SOUTHERN CONFEDERATE RED NECK COWBOYS?

  45. PARADOXIC SINGULARTY

    I laav Spike…but Dayum he didn’t even see tha Movie*

    “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.”

    How can he judge it disrespectful … jez cuz Tarantino did it???

  46. PARADOXIC SINGULARTY

    I laav Spike…but Dayum he didn’t even see tha Movie*

    “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.”

    How can he judge it disrespectful … jez cuz Tarantino did it???

  47. PARADOXIC SINGULARTY

    I laav Spike…but Dayum he didn’t even see tha Movie*

    “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.”

    How can he judge it disrespectful … jez cuz Tarantino did it???

  48. No one really gives a rat’s behind about what Spike Lee thinks.

  49. No one really gives a rat’s behind about what Spike Lee thinks.

  50. I agree with Spike Lee because when it comes to Tarantino films blacks can only play slaves, self deprivation or degrading parts. In pulp fiction the black man gets sodomized. In the film Jackie brown Samuel Jackson call us "niggers' like it is our last name and in “Django Unchained” you get "slave-turned-bounty hunter who, with the help of his mentor,"(master)….Forget about it.

  51. What did Spike Lee say that was wrong?

  52. Patricia Juanita Taylor

    THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY THE SHOOTINGS OF OUR MINORITY YOUTHS ARE NOT GIVEN VIGILS LIKE THE ONES FOR SANDY HOOK.1. THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN! 2. MEDIA HYPE WHEN IT AFFECTS THE OFAY COMMUNTIY.
    PEOPLE WILL DISAGREE WITH ME; BUT THOSE OF US WHO KNOW HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED UNDERSTAND THIS IS THE TRUTH.
    I WAS SO SORRY ABOUT ALL THOSE INNOCENT CHILDREN AND ADULTS LOSING THEIR LIVES. IT REALLY MADE ME CRY…BUT THE SAME DAY 25+BLACK CHILDREN AND 10 TEACHERS IN ATLANTA WAS ALMOST POISONED TO DEATH AT THEIR SCHOOL. IT NEVER MADE IT ON THE AIR.
    SO THESE "SO-CALLED" BLACK ENTERTAINERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THAT PSA FOR ENDING GUN VIOLENCE ARE DOING IT TO BE "POLITICALLY CORRECT". AND I WOULD TELL THEM THE SAME THING IN THEIR FACE.
    ALL OF THESE ENTERTAINERS OF COLOR JUMP ON THE WAGON WHEN IT AFFECTS OFAY AMERICA…BUT NOT WHEN IT'S RIGHT IN THEIR OWN "HOOD".
    WHO CONTROLS THE MEDIA? OFAYS! THAT'S WHO.
    SPIKE LEE CAN'T SAY NOTHING ABOUT OUR ANCESTORS: HE IS AS COLOR STRUCK AS THEY COME AND JAMIE FOXX HAS TWO WHITE BABIES MOTHERS. SO THEY NEED NOT EVEN SAY NOTHING TO ME! ABOUT THIS ISSUE.

  53. How ridiculous to complain that celebrities do not go to urban areas. Why? So they can be shot too?
    You cannot compare what happened at Sandy Hook to those areas. A crazy man chose to enter and blow kids and adults away. This is not something that occurs in their community every day and was not particularly preventable. In the urban areas, this is an everyday occurrence. SO…WHERE ARE THE BLACK MEN IN THAT COMMUNITY WHO ARE WILLING TO STAND UP TO THE THUGS AND SAY NO MORE? WHEN THE COPS DO SHOW UP, WE YELL POLICE BRUTALITY AND TALK ABOUT HOW NICE THE THUG WAS. We do not need politicians or celebrities. We just need grown azz men to stand up to these punks but the will not. So until then, STOP COMPLAINING.!!!

    • You said a mouthful! Too much truth! We do not stand up for our community yet get mad when others don’t. As soon as help is offered, we start yelling about snitching, like it’s a grade school playground! It is shameful!

    • You said a mouthful! Too much truth! We do not stand up for our community yet get mad when others don’t. As soon as help is offered, we start yelling about snitching, like it’s a grade school playground! It is shameful!

    • Preach, my sista.

  54. We spend too much time talking, reading and arguing about others comments. In the USA, we have freedom of speech, which is great. My views, values and life decisions aren’t based on what celebrities say or don’t say. In 2013, let’s spend more time and energy doing the work to make changes for our communities. If you feel disrespected and don’t want to suppport certain projects, movies or songs, you have that right.

    Forward 2013

  55. We spend too much time talking, reading and arguing about others comments. In the USA, we have freedom of speech, which is great. My views, values and life decisions aren’t based on what celebrities say or don’t say. In 2013, let’s spend more time and energy doing the work to make changes for our communities. If you feel disrespected and don’t want to suppport certain projects, movies or songs, you have that right.

    Foward 2013

  56. I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion. How many times have you heard bad reviews from movie critics and they've given bad or good reviews, and when you seen the movie yourself your opinion was opposite? I'm just saying your flavor may be different from Spike's. So check it out for yourself, and you be the judge.

  57. That exactly what I am saying this is ridiculous these black actors/actress should b embarrassed. We should them the same none support tht they r giving our ppl.

  58. Get real Spike! I'm sick of your self-hatred making the news! Can't you keep your mouth shut?! Let this story be told! You could be doing waaaay more storytelling yourself. Where are you at with it??

  59. I swear that if I hear another black person reduce someone's critique to "you just be hatin" I'm going to go crazy. If you disagree with the criticism, then respond with your own. But just calling the person a "hater"is an easy and simple-minded cop out.

    • Tarik Amandla Kaintuck

      Agreed

    • Well said!

    • Harold S. Reed Jr.

      I won't say that Spike Lee is a "hater" but I will say that, IN MY OPINION, Spike is on some isht whereas he thinks he's the only one who can tell a story about black folk. Other than "X," what significant stories has he told? That "Santa Anna" flick was garbage. "He Got Game" might as well have been "He Got Garbage."

      Why is it that he has so much to say about those that are doing it now? When he was on his come-up, he didn't have cats like Melvin Van Peebles and Bill Duke sh@tting on him.So, I can't help but agree with the sentiment that he's just "hatin'." But asked for an explained criticism. #Respect

    • Spike Lee needs to make a GOOD movie then he may get some respect…he wants to be the black "Woody Allen" and hasnt shown us nothing yet…give me Denzel Washington and the autobiography to go by and I could have done Malcolm X…Lee hates Tarentino because in most Tarentino movies he shows an affinity for black culture…he hates on anything Tyler Perry does because now Perry is the "hot" black director in Hollywood…if Lee can stay away from a Knicks game long enough and actually work at his craft he could get a "green light" for one of his projects.

    • I'm going to watch the movie before I critique it. I remember when there were people, led by Amiri Baraka, who were critiquing Spike's MALCOLM X before seeing it claiming that it disrespected Malcolm's memory. I told them the same thing…watch it first, then critique from a position of knowledge.

    • Someone sad this isn't true.

    • Karen Cecile Wallace

      Intellect is out the window. Also there's an apparent lack of knowledge as to why Spike would even raise the issue, which in itself should result in some desire to evaluate it. Pretty sad. Although not within my life time, I sometimes feel that we may become a people who perishes. The writing is on the wall.

    • It is as simple minded as your empty headed critiques. Jdango Unchained may be hard to watch, however it is what it was. I do not recall anything about slavery being respectful.. Hater.

    • Donald 'Hasani Heru' Woods

      Mo Better Blues, School Daze, Do the Right thing…ALL CLASSICS…

  60. spike lee is just mad he dint come up with the idea of the movie fucking hatter.

  61. He that can do,, DO.He when no longer can do Teach,, and when you no longer can either you become critic..

  62. How can it be disrespectful when worst things than what is shown in the movie happened to our ancestors! Why can't it be told about the slaughter of our ancestors an how we were treated worst than animals, treated as livestock, stripped of our Religious beliefs, our women raped an sold on the auction block, why is it racist when it actually happened? Let THE TRUTH BE TOLD!

  63. I know a lot of people think Spike Lee is a hate. I personally, still have a lot of respect for Spike Lee. A lot of people do not realize how bad blacks are being portrayed in Hollywood movies. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I did not see anything wrong with what Spike Lee said. May be the Djano movie really did disrespect his ancestors. I can name a ton of movies that I feel are disrespectful to blacks too. The point is, someone asked for his opinion and he gave it. Like it or not.

    • *hater

    • Angela Moore- Kelly

      Chanda — how can spike say comment in a movie , he says he isn't going to see — that in its-self is disrespectful to speak negative about a movie he hasn't seen — spike is a Hater and he is jealous

    • Angela Moore- Kelly

      And of course spike is entitled to he opinion , but I just think he should see the movie first , then comment — it just sounds like jealousy , when you say something negative , when he hasn't seen it —- real talk

    • Spike Lee read the script already. Besides, the reason Spike Lee made this comment is because he does not like Tarantino. Apparently, Lee feels that Tarantino uses the n word too much in his works. Another reason Spike Lee has so much hate for this film is because, a white guy is profiting off of the anguish of slavery. This is why he said this movie is disrespectful to his ancestors.

    • Sorry Chanda, but everyone who made a profit from slavery was probably white in America………….As for the infamous "N-Word" umm… what does Spike think our ancestors were called during this era? It is sad that Spike, who I respect as a filmmaker, is always critiquing other filmmakers black and white. Is he a film critic or a director, producer and writer???? I am a tad confused. What is he working on? Can someone interview him and ask that……………….just saying.

    • The point is it is the 21st century, and we are still talking about slavery? The D'jango Unchained does not educate folks about slavery at all. Some people just don't get it. This movie is another form of slavery referred to as mental slavery or post-colonization. Spike Lee does not want a white man to direct a movie about slavery and profit off it AGAIN!!! I know the' n' word was used plenty of times, but using the 'n' word over 112 times in a 165 min. movie, is a bit absurd and disrespectful. Besides, Spike Lee is not the only person in the public eye who does not appreciate this movie. There are plenty of others. Secondly, this movie adds humor to a very sensitive subject. Last time I checked, there was nothing funny/humorous about slavery. Spike Lee is a film director and a wanna-be activist.

  64. At this point it does not matter. We need to stop the gun violence now! It does not matter when someone decided to support something. What matters is enough is enough! To some of the commenters, about why they wait until Sandy Hook, and ignored the other tragedies. Yes it took Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy(senseless), for people to start looking into restricting gun laws. That is only the beginning. Guns do not work alone, nor do they kill. People do! Guns only work by pulling the trigger, which people pull. We have to look at the overall problem. The wrong people are possessing guns (including those in gangs). The first step is to restrict who can license one. If we ban guns altogether, then we need to bring the soldiers home that carry one, and unarm police officers. Also, help for our children would be good. There are hidden mentally ill children growing up with a lot of hate in them, and no medication to stimulate the brain. There are relatively normal children growing up with no morals, and it pains me to say they are out of control! They don't even listen to their parents. The Sandy Hook tragedy could have been avoided, but yet we mourn because every parent can feel that pain. Children are supposed to be our future, but yet being killed just as innocent by standers! There are other cases like gang violence, and drug wars. These are the people that feel that a gun is power to fight with (the coward way out). Sadly to say, we have to pay more attention to our kids, and their activities! This is not being done, and our kids grow up to be of criminal mind. As for Spike Lee, he has a right to his opinion. If he did not like the movie, then he did not like it! I have seen plenty of movies that I thought was good, and heard others say they did not like it. It is no big deal! We are all missing the point, and that is the NRA can now add up all these tragedies, and find that enough is enough! One armed security in every school, will not help. The NRA can not be made to believe that uncontrolled possession of guns did not play a part in most of these tragedies, but it is not the sole problem. Everyone has to play their role in protecting our children.

  65. Sometimes I think spike lee is suffering from early signs of freaking "dementia" all his films movies havent been the best award winnings a I still supported his stuff. "Com-on mayne"

  66. Have we become so obsessed with political correctness that every comment has to be deemed appropriate by every person from every group? Gun control will save lives. All lives of all people regardless of color or ethnicity. While this was not the first or only incident, it was, sadly almost unprecedented in scope. But regardless, I can only speak for myself, but I mourn all victims of gun violence and want to see an end to it all. I am guessing that the celebrities who spoke out feel the same way. To criticize them for not making perfectly crafted statements and/or imputing a disregard for the same tragedies inflicted on children of color is, at the very least a bit harsh and I think, unfair.

    • Warren Shapiro–

      If you are a white Jew, coming from a white Jew like you / others along with WASP who for some sure reason frequently visi t/ monitor online publications for / about African Americans / their thoughts / opinions is rich. Highly suspect / exceedingly irritating is your apparent need as a white man to visit "Black Voices" online / comment ridiculously trying to rationalize away what black people expertly know to be true / problematic within the "Black Race" regarding those brainwashed, bought, and pimped among our people / what we also expertly know is undeniably true about the white race white Jews most definitely included.

      Not that this is any of your or other whites' business because it isn't, however, black actors/entertainers should have long ago devoted their time, images, / money to help effectively discourage / prevent black-on-black homicides among black youth / young adults in urban cities nationwide / had Newtown, CT been predominately black, the killer/his mom black, / the killed children / school personnel black neither America's white media nor white citizens wouldn't have cared less just as they've long shown they really don't care about thousands of black children are killed daily in every city nationwide.

      Prior to young white children, white college students, / white school personnel being murdered, there was no demand from the vast majority of white Americans to ban assault weapons, nor any POTUS who ever really wanted or was expected to do so prior to Obama / killings of 20 little white kids in Newton,CT , nor enough ammunition / strong enough desire among white Americans to both effectively go after the NRA / also dilute, if not completely destroy, the Second Amendment.

    • Well Debra – apparently what you have to offer is nothing more than racism and bigotry. You are just a black woman who hates whites and Jews. Doesn't make you any different from any white person who hates blacks.

      In addition, you just want to perpetuate your bullshit by saying that white people don't have the right to visit 'black' sites or engage in the dialogue concerning what black actors/entertainers have to say. As long as people like you continue to act this way, and are too self-righteous to recognize that these are issues that concern all of us, that we all want the same basic things out of life, and that we are all of as much value, then the problems will just continue to worsen exponentially.

      There are plenty of white people who would like to tear down the NRA, because the NRA represents the gun manufacturers, not the guns rights advocates, the majority of whom actually want to see a ban on assault weapons as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines. Personally, I would like to see all guns banned.

      The problem is not the Second Amendment – it is the interpretation of the Second Amendment. The people who say that it guarantees the right for anyone to bear arms don't understand what it actually says, and furthermore don't understand that countries that stick to old founding documents come hell or high water, while ignoring the fact that the world has changed end up with petrifaction just like we have here.

      The Second Amendment was meant to allow for the arming of militias because the idea of Standing Federal Armies was anathema back then. Militias were supposed to be composed of citizen volunteers who were acting to stop the government from oppressing and repressing the citizenry in power grabs. It was meant to help stop the development of an aristocracy. No one wanted to have a standing military, and the militias were supposed to stop the power mongers – just like they were used to fight the British. The average person back then also had rifles because they hunted for their own food and did need protection. However, the right to bears arms for personal protection is not guaranteed under the Second Amendment, only the right to bear arms in the service of a militia.

    • Elizabeth Nadler Are you saying that the 2nd Amend is primarily for citizens bearing arms within the bounds and structure of a "militia" organization. And if so who says what a militia is or is not. How many individuals does it take to make a militia. Not tying to put words in your mouth just trying to get a understanding.

    • Some people in certain areas need guns for protection. I am one of them. My house, with my wife and young baby were home alone when our A/C condenser was stolen from my house. What if they wanted more? That is also why I got dogs, probably a breed that many people that do not know the facts about the breed would object to having too. We all cannot be blanketed by someones else's feelings that can affect us in life or death situations. I refrain from imposing my beliefs on anyone that morally looks out for the best interest of their family.

      I do agree with your statement about the old founding documents though. As you probably know they were not originally written for you nor me, as well as a bunch of Constitutionally conservatives that cannot seem to stop voting against their own best interest, but I digress…

      The second amendment never states anything about having guns for hunting, but as you stated for the arming of militias. Now as then there is no community armory so where would the guns come from if not from the private citizens themselves. I know that there are "different" ways to take power, some of which has been taken, but there will always be a need to protect one's self and family, sometimes from entities that one should not have to protect himself from. This kind of goes back to my truth as being and being treated as a "Black" man.

    • Good post Keith..
      On further observance of the tv media/blogs on gun control, Im wondering why are not many asking why these crazed individuals deciding to do such a horrible things, and how most of these guys reportedly were on pharmaceutical drugs at the time. But no one is saying ban the pharmaceutical companies or the drugs these people were on at the time they decided in their brain "OK.. your dead mom" (in the Mike Epps "little spoiled white kid" voice) At best we tend to be reactionary on the medias "que" to "get rid of the guns" get rid of this or that" not thinking on our own about the consequences of a not well thought out decision. Its not a laughing matter but its strange to me that every one is talking about guns but not even mentioning the bothered minds behind the gun that are beginning to pop up like the rising crescendo of pop corn with the innate desire to head to the school house to imitate a violent zombie video game. Rather then putting all the blame on assault weapons I think we'ed have better results focusing on why are these types of minds are rising in our times. We are at hide tide of a lot of issues in society and the psycho-spiritual is the root that needs to be dealt with here. We chop a tree down at its base and we cant solve anything with out dealing with the root can we?

    • Uh oh Brian! Don't mess with the Big Pharma! They have to make their money by any means necessary. And that is O.K. Why? Because that is their and every other publicly owned (stocks) company's charter. Have lobbyist lobby on behalf of medicating everyone, just for a buck. Oh, but only those who can afford insurance to cover the prescription. This turns into many children, teens, young adults, adults, and elders that do not need mind altering chemicals being prescribed them anyway. All the while anyone that cannot afford insurance to attain treatment and medication that really needs them, oh well, sorry for ya. So it turns out that while making Big Pharma along with the insurance companies rich, we are destroying healthy minds and lives with the mind altering chemicals while ignoring many unhealthy people that really need help – Double Whammy! People loving Capitalism at its worse and despising Socialism at its best (single-payer health care system, everyone covered). It would be better for everyone to be healthy, physically and mentally. When we all are doing good, we all are doing good!

      Also, I know on the spiritual route, too many people in the United States let their faith and beliefs be instructed unto them and let the Books of Faith be interpreted for them. Many people agree on many of the historical facts about ancient civilizations, but when it comes to the beliefs of those civilizations, which are the catalyst for most of our monotheistic religions, people become become ignorant. THOUSANDS of years before Jesus Christ there was the Trinity, the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Mother, the Crucifixion, the Ascension. THOUSANDS of years before the Old Testament there was the Great Flood, the Commandments (more than 10)… The presence of all these occurrences, whether actual or metaphorical, are documented in the religions, mythologies, beliefs of Babylon, India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Syria, Sumeria… THOUSANDS of years before what we call the Bible today. I believe in God and I believe in Jesus Christ, but I don't think it all went down like the King James Version, nor any other version of the Christian Bible says. I also believe that what is in the Bibles is not all that went down. We all know about the Council of Nicea… I do read the Bible, but I also read the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tanakh, some texts of Buddhism, some texts of Taoism… Many say the same thing in a different way, some give all attributes to one God, others disperse attribute to a countless number of Gods. No matter what one adheres too, he/she must read and pray/meditate and get the true meanings themselves instead of relying on one person to tell a congregation or gathering of a group of people what the Word says.

      The woes of our society… I could go on and on. The biggest problem – too many sheep. Not enough independent thinkers that think and act in the best interest of our society. But I digress….

    • Okay Elizabeth, we'll agree that Debra has an issue or 3. However, as a card carrying member of the NRA, I recognize that a man on all guns would be absolutely insane. I agree that the majority of top level NRA officials are off on the wrong course and only loby in favor of the gun and ammunition manufacturers. But there are average citizens like myself who buy guns for sport shooting (competition), and home security (which should be the right of ever citizen). To say that no citizen should be gauranteed the right to protect their homes us ludicrous because what nobody seems to recognize, is that no amount of gun legislation is going to stop criminals from getting guns, breaking into homes, and killing whomever they please. I do stand up against the need for any citizen to own assault/high capacity weapons. And again, I'm a member of the NRA. Everybody in the NRA doesn't think the same way. As for your mention of the Second Ammendment being designed to arm the militia, you've missed two key issues. One, the state militias are now owned and controlled by the power mongers. I know first hand since I retired from the state militia. Second, the state militias where, and now are comprised of average citizens. So in essense, the law does guarantee the ownership of firearms by the average citizen. Rather than simply attempting to add more laws to control the sale of guns, a more comprehensive approach is needed that:

      1. Places a ban on the sale of all assault/high capacity firearms
      2. Mandates a provision for mandatory purchase of safety locking mechanisms with all firearm purchases
      3. A limitation on the amount of ammuniition any one citizen is allowed to purchase within a given time span
      4. Mandatory gun safety training for all citizens who purchase firearms
      5. Mandate that anyone who purchases firearms for private usage complete an extensive phsycological profile and criminal background check.

  67. I didn't see a negative comment by spike lee but to the psa by the so called stars, its par for the course. I have a few wealthy athletic friends and they are made to do this stuff for their paying public. They are made to. If they refuse they get hammered. As far as our communities, its up to us to save us! Boycott! !

  68. Who is the enemy? I perceive the enemy to be anyone who doesn't care enough to try to stop violence. Isn't it better that a celebrity lend his or her name to any cause if it can help? No one is ever satisfied. It isn't enough that these people lent their names to a cause to do some good. They didn't happen to lend their names to the cause that this woman deems to be important. And what the hell difference does it make if most of the little children killed came from wealthy Caucasian families? Would their deaths have more horrible if they had come from poor back neighborhoods? Do you have to inject an element of racism into every situation? No one is tricking anyone into thinking that ten kids killed a day in Chicago is normal – whether they were black or white. But, if you want to to inject racial divisiveness into this situation where it isn't the problem, and create greater tension between blacks and whites, go for it. In the cynical world of "Everything is About Racism" in which you live, that will go a long ways towards helping innocent kids, whether black or white – avoid getting killed, won't it? This is such absolute bullshit.

    • Elizabeth Nadler–

      News flash! There is no "Post-Racial" America. Take off your rose-colored glasses. Prior to young white children, white college students, / white school personnel being murdered, there was no demand from the vast majority of white Americans to ban assault weapons, nor any POTUS who ever really wanted or was expected to do so prior to Obama / killings of 20 little white kids in Newton,CT , nor enough ammunition / strong enough desire among white Americans to both effectively go after the NRA / also dilute, if not completely destroy, the Second Amendment.

      Black actors/entertainers should have long ago devoted their time, images, / money to help effectively discourage / prevent black-on-black homicides among black youth / young adults in urban cities nationwide / had Newtown, CT been predominately black, the killer/his mom black, / the killed children / school personnel black neither America's white media nor white citizens wouldn't have cared less just as they've long shown they really don't care about thousands of black children are killed daily in every city nationwide.

      So don't you also foolishlt attempt to rationalize away what black people expertly know to be true / problematic within the "Black Race" regarding the brainwashed, bought, and pimped among our people / what we also expertly know to be double-stands of / undeniably true about the white race and, white Jews, most definitely included.

      The lives of black children, youth, and adults murdered daily, monthly, annually are no less important than the lives of white children / white adults in Newton,CT or elsewhere nationwide / worldwide.

    • Debra – I have not said that the lives of one group of people are any more important than the lives of any other group of people. Nor did I say there was a post-racial world. I am perfectly aware of the fact that there is a disproportionate number of blacks on death row and always has been.

    • "The WHITE RACE doesn't have double standards – some members of the white race do." I agree 100%

      People are not the problem. The values of various systems that have been put in place for whatever reason are the problem. Be it the religious system, the governmental system, social systems… But then you have to ask yourself, "Who put those various systems in place? For what purpose? Are those purposes still being served?" Even in the days of slavery in the United States, not all "Whites" were pro-slavery. Just like not all "Blacks" were anti-slavery, albeit not here in the United States. Again, ask yourself, "Who put those various systems in place?" Oh and I do believe (notice I did not say "feel") that those systems have double standards – from the justice system favoring "Whites" to many social systems favoring "Black" females – and not necessarily to the benefit to either group AND DEFINITELY NOT to the benefit of society as a whole.

      Some of the systems can be looked at as arrows. They have injured "US". We thought we would be fine. We knew that the arrow had to be taken out, but upon closer examination we discovered that the same arrow that will eventually kill us in the long run is also sealing the wound and preventing us from bleeding-out rapidly and killing us quickly. What do we do!

      What we do is, we stay in our lanes! I am (considered by our society) a "Black" man. I do not know what it feels like to be a "White" man, a "Black" woman, a "White" woman… I do not know what it feels like to be anything other than a "Black" man because that is all I have been treated as. I cannot and I will not tell anyone else how they feel. I accept the fact that in the absence of facts that my reality is not everyone else's reality. My truth is not everyone else's truth. My right may not be everyone else's right. Someone else's right might not be wrong.

      I could go on and on and on…

      Now, staying in my lane as a "Black" man: "The WHITE RACE doesn't have double standards – some members of the white race do.", as I stated I agree 100% – Unfortunately the members of the WHITE RACE that "founded" the United States did have double standards and did a wonderfully effective job of devising and implementing systems with double standards that exists unto this day. Those same double standards are also easily, effortlessly perpetuated by those members of the White race that do knowingly have double standards as well as those members of the "White" race that do not realize what they are doing. Those same double standards are even perpetuated by members of the "Black" race, both knowingly and unknowingly – as well as all other "races".

      Again, staying in my lane as a "Black" man, and being treated as a "Black" man, everything is about race! That is not a cynical world, that is MY ACTUAL WORLD! Maybe not always on a personal level, maybe not always on the surface, but everything that affects me and the lives of my family is about race. Discounting MY ACTUAL WORLD would have upset me not too long ago, but me being upset does not get my point across effectively. I also realized that when I got upset with someone discounting my actual world, maybe I was also discounting theirs. The consequences may differ severely, but… regardless, it is not taking someone else's perspective into account.

      Until we can take each others perspectives into account on a personal level we will not be able to make any differences on a larger scale. It will just be anonymous people or strangers sitting at their computers wasting their time arguing back and forth.

      I hope that I did not make any disparaging remarks. That is all in an effort to bring unity at the lowest level possible to build a strong foundation to work up from. One racist is one too many. One sexist is one too many. Don't get me wrong – we all have our positions :~) Unless we acknowledge that one racist or that one sexist as being as such, we do an injustice to ourselves and the generations to come.

      Happy Holidays!

    • ^^^ This is not about one incident or one topic. It is life as general.

    • Keith Bailey .. I agree, all day all my life, and not only in America. Where ever apartheid has been / is practiced..you may find the same systems in place, S.Africa, Israel, etc.,

    • Keith – I get what you are saying. Yeah – the systems were developed with double standards. I see that everywhere, though. I see the same thing happening in Syria, and northern Mali, in the US – every place has its double standards.

    • Much respect Elizabeth. I think we are on the same page, religion and all. I guess I can agree, not EVERY aspect of my life is influenced by racism – only the most important. I've been pulled over for not only having nice cars, but appearing to have a nice car – a '95 Hyundai Accent and the only thing I changed were the steel rims with plastic hubcaps to alloy rims without even increasing the size. Yep some lil' ol' 13-inchers. Luckily in every instance it happened in view of enough people and the police men were not having a bad day. I did have fun in court the instances I did absolutely nothing wrong. The instances that I was going over the speed limit, although going with the flow of traffic or actually being left behind by faster traffic – well I should not have been speeding in the first place. LOL I never should have given them a reason to pull me over. Living in a nice neighborhood and appearing relatively young draws attention too, but I'm used to that because I was actually young when I did have the house built – so some of that my just be sincere curiosity. I know that I am rambling too. But I am not necessarily concerned of what a "system" or the workers or supporters of a system can or will do to me. I am concerned of what will become of my family if there is such an occurrence. I am afraid of my what could happen to my children, especially my son. He loves to wear hoodies, and knit caps when it is cold outside. And he is the sweetest little dude, more caring and sensitive than his older and younger sister… He is still a young pre-teen and small in stature, so he poses no perceived threat at the moment, but we know how that goes. I do understand that there are many groups of people that go through similar situations all over the world. And you are correct, it is all wrong! One of my favorite sayings/phrases is when Rastafarians speak "you and me or you and I" they say, "I and I". Meaning that I am you and you are me, we are of no more and no less importance than each other. Imagine the affirmation of saying that everyday! I might have to start trying to use that.

      Well, I have to get some things done. Elizabeth, thank you very much for the civil discussion. We just need a few more people that share the views of I and I! ;~)

  69. Spike 1sti love you body of work. but I must say as a professional why would you make such a commit PUBLICLY. You come off as a hater and you need to respect the boundaries of your peers.
    Georgia Latino Film Festival-Co-Founder http://www.galff.org.

  70. Spike, you need to shut up! You didn't even see the movie!!! Arrogance!

    • actually he has, most films when finished r viewed by other filmakers and celebrities…..well before it hits theaters…most rich or famous r able to have movies piped in to there own home theaters so they cant view it without going in public…been that way for years….i watched batman at an nfl players house 1 month before it hit theaters….

  71. Why is it if anyone makes something and Spike Lee is not involved in it he has something negative to say about it… I use to love him and all the things he made but he is now turning me off.. Tired of hearing him talk down about people just because he can. he has to remember he isn't the only person who can make a movie or documentary, he needs to go sit in his rocker and read a book.

  72. While we worship celebrities,actors and actresses,we must remember that in order to be accepted in Hollywood and other hot spots throughout America we tend to lose sight of who we actually are. They want to fit into the circuit that. They will throw their black pride away quick fast in a hurry. Oh forgive me! Black Pride? A thing of the past. Get the money and run is the mindset of many black athletes.rappers and "hollywood types". Not neer one of these "stars" will venture into an urban neighborhood and address the issue of "black on black" crime becausethey made it out and don't care about the ones left behind.

  73. It's like its the trick of the enemy. The enemy have you thinking its normal when it comes to you but its not normal when it comes to the enemy.

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