Skip to comments.Spike Lee boycotts Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’: ‘Slavery was not a spaghetti western!’
Posted on 12/24/2012 4:05:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
Spike Lee thinks Quentin Tarantino's new slavery revenge flick "Django Unchained" is the wrong thing.
The famed "He Got Game" director says he's boycotting the new movie because he finds it insulting.
"American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," he wrote on Twitter.
The tweet came shortly after he told VibeTV he couldn't comment on the movie starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio because he decided not to see it. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not seeing it," he said in a video interview.
"All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say," he explained. "I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it."
Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. jackson and Jamie Foxx in Tarantino's latest.
Lee, 55, even tangled with another Twitter user who took issue with his Holocaust comparison.
"The goal of the holocaust was death and destruction; the goal of American slavery was tobacco, indigo, rice, and cotton," a post from a user called Rogue Academic read. "Like Slaves Didn't Die? What Kind Of Academic Are You? And George Washington Didn't Own Slaves Too?" Lee responded.
Tarantino, 49, has been the subject of Lee's ire before. Lee criticized the "Pulp Fiction" director for his liberal use of the n-word in his third feature film, "Jackie Brown," a 1997 movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and paying homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s.
"I'm not against the word. And some people speak that way. But Quentin is infatuated with that word," Lee said of Tarantino in an interview with Variety.
"What does he want to be made, an honorary black man?" the "Do The Right Thing" director asked. "I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick."
They eat their own.
I’ll provide some Tabasco...
Stolen? By whom? Oh, that’s right. Muslims rounded them up and sold them to the English who then brought them to the US. Then a lot died to free them and a lot died to keep them. Then a hundred years later they got their freedom. Django Unhinged.
A politically correct flick politically incorrect?
The tweet came shortly after he told VibeTV he couldn't comment on the movie starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio because he decided not to see it. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not seeing it... All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say... I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it." Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. jackson and Jamie Foxx in Tarantino's latest.
Don’t pay to watch diversity racist movies.
Don’t feed the radical Left’s black racists...Jamie “Kill all the white people” Foxx. America’s own Taliban.
“My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them,”
Stolen my eye! The were bought from their own African rulers and kings for trinkets and sold for profit. It’s strange that these”stolen” people haven’t used the freedom they have had for decades to get themselves back to the motherland they so revere. The reason is simple. It’s much more lucrative to stay here and be tools for the Liberal Democrats. These poor “stolen” people have used the freedoms of this nation to gain benefits and rights far and above those of ordinary Americans in return for their virtually unanimous support of a Socialist/Marxist political party whose platform has become the opposite of anything our founders envisioned or imagined.
My ancestors came here as indentured servants and convicts. They haven’t spent time whining for reparations from the Brits and Scots. Today they call themselves Americans and are proud to do so. The events of the past couple of decades have made me wonder if I couldn’t tolerate a monarchy better than a Socialist/Marxist dictatorship.
Blacks and all the other ginned up minorities that have made a profession of cashing in on their “otherness” had better sit up and take notice. The number of hardworking, taxpaying Americans and businesses willing to fork over increasing percentages of hard earned gains to support those who distain honest endeavor in favor of political blackmail is getting mighty slim. Their figureheads can’t exthort enough from working Americans to feed and succor them for much longer.
Barrack Obama has splintered American citizens into increasingly divided groups and convinced them that the American Business community and the free market movers are their enemies and he and the Democratic party are their saviors.
No, it’s Blazing Saddles without the humor.
I wonder if little Spike realizes that there were black slave owners as well.
What Spike is really saying, is that only Blacks should be allowed to make money off of racial subjects. If a black director and producer had made the movie, Spike would be all for it.
Slavery was the best thing to ever happen to spike and many other black people. Their ancestors paid the price so they could live in the land of opportunity instead of the land of AIDS and misery.
So what was he? The white man’s burden?
He is just pissed because someone else made it and he isn’t in on the money.
Spike Lee is no expert on slavery, just a bigotted Negro, who has made a ton of money pimping race.
Actually it sounds like a ripoff of Mandingo without Ken Norton.
Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained is a complete masterpiece. The actors, screenplay, cinematography and direction are near perfection. Is the film violent? Yes. Is it controversial? Yes. Is it one of the year's best? Yes.
Django is two hours and 35 minutes long and every minute is necessary in this unbelievable story in which Tarantino pays homage to spaghetti westerns and the 1966 film titled Django, starring Franco Nero, who makes a cameo in this film.
Underneath the violence, bloodshed and racial slurs, Django is ultimately about a love story and what one man will do in order to be reunited with his wife. Thats what makes Tarantinos film so enjoyable and real. What Django does in order to see Brunhilde again is unbelievable and astonishing. Although you may not think it from the trailers, Django Unchained is really one of the most romantic films of the year. Call me crazy AFTER you watch the film.
There will be some who think Django Unchained goes too far with its message, but that is the brilliance of Tarantinos no shame screenplay. If you are willing to accept the films over-the-top demeanor, youll find that Django Unchained is one of the best movies of the past decade.
Where is Spike’s outrage for modern day slavery in Africa?
Nor does Lee give a rats ass about slavery STILL going on in Africa ...why?
So they aren't the ones supporting a whole industry of songs using that term repeatedly?
Black Django (distinctly different than the original Django westerns of the 1960s and 70s) should’ve gone back to Africa after freeing his family and killing their captors. Why’d he let the ORIGINAL captors in Africa go without seeking revenge on them what enslaved his family in the first place??
The Irish are on the sidelines drinking whiskey and beer - if they stay sober enough, they are going to fight the winner.